SURVITEC Unveils Unique Face Covering with Anti-Viral Properties for Maritime Crew Protection
Global safety solutions leader Survitec has unveiled a new face covering with protective features designed to reduce the spread of viral and bacterial infection, helping maritime workers more confidently follow social distancing rules.
Developed in cooperation with oil majors and asset owners, Survitec Protect 360 is a hydrophilic snood-type face covering that incorporates Polygiene ViralOff®, a self-cleaning textile treatment technology proven to reduce 99% of known viruses from adhering to material surfaces.
The Survitec Protect 360 has been tested to protect against SARS-CoV-2, H3N2 and H1N1 and is compliant with ISO18184:2019.
Christina Bracken, Survitec Product Category Manager, Life-Saving Appliances https://survitecgroup.com/marine/marine/#fs=0-ca=19589-, explained: “Conventional surgical masks and N99-, N95- or N90-type face coverings are usually disposable and uncomfortable to wear. Survitec Protect 360 is self-cleaning, reusable and washable – it can be machine washed up to 15 times,” she said.
For greater comfort, Survitec’s new face covering uses Lycra® Xtra™ Life. This ensures the face covering retains shape and when combined with its added silicone band also provides an important non-slip advantage, ensuring the covering remains in place to mitigate against the risk of cross infection.
“Other virus protection masks on the market are typically hydrophobic in that they are designed to provide a barrier between the wearer and the microscopic water particles and mucus splatter caught on the masks external surface. This splatter can stay alive on the material, going on to cause infection when the mask is touched or removed,” said Bracken.
“However, the hydrophilic nature of Survitec Protect 360 will wick away moisture while an inner three-ply laminate ensures any droplets are dispersed into the fabric structure. Any bacteria and virus is “de-natured” within two hours as per ISO18184:2019 requirements.
“The silver chloride treatment intrinsic to the material’s anti-viral properties allows the face covering to be handled without transferring the virus. Additionally, this means that it is safe to dispose through the standard textile recycling process,” Bracken said.
Survitec Technical Sales Manager, Mark Lutman said: “Survitec Protect 360 is compatible with marine and offshore wearables and should be considered as a key addition to the equipment offered to protect maritime and offshore workers, including crews transferred to vessels, rigs and wind turbines by helicopter.
“Disposable masks are not recommended for helicopter passengers due to the risk of foreign object debris (FOD) should rotor downdraught rip the mask from the wearer’s face. However, the Survitec Protect 360 is suited to this environment because of its snug fit and silicone band and is designed specifically to be worn with marine and offshore wearables.”
As of July 2020, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory at all heliports, as per Scottish Government regulations and endorsed by Step Change in Safety and Oil & Gas UK (OGUK). The wearing of face coverings for outbound and inbound flights are also mandatory.
Survitec Protect 360 is part of Survitec’s face covering portfolio, which includes the Virustatic Shield that utilises a Viruferrin™ coating and was introduced to the market in April last year. This extended portfolio provides Survitec customers with a choice of face covering style and anti-viral technology.
The Survitec Protect 360 is a face covering with anti-viral properties. Developed and manufactured in the UK, the snood style face covering allows for two-way protection as well as providing a comfortable fit around the face. With a non-slip solution to prevent the snood sliding off the face and nose, it has been designed to assist with adhering to regulations in place regarding social distancing. The Survitec Protect 360 significantly reduces risks of cross infection, providing protection for both the wearer and those operating close by.
Using Polygiene ViralOff technology, the snood material is treated to ensure it reduces tested viruses by >99% in two hours. The durable, always-on treatment has been tested by international standard ISO18184:2019 (SARS-CoV-2, H3N2, H1N1).
Compatible with marine and offshore wearables, the Survitec Protect 360 can be issued as front line protection for key workers, including passengers travelling via helicopter to and from offshore structures such as oil rigs and wind turbines. Our solution is reusable and effective for up to 15 washes. In addition, the anti-viral layer is designed to allow this reusable face covering to be touched without the risk of transferring viruses and is effective for up to 15 washes.
1. 360° ‘snood’ style
2. Proven to reduce tested viruses by >99% in two hours
3. Polygiene Viraloff® treated
4. Cuts risk of cross contamination from saliva droplets
5. Designed to provide two-way protection to significantly reduce risk of cross infection
6. Multi-use and safe to touch
7. Protects critical virus infection points: mouth, nose and ears
8. Breathable and quick drying hydrophilic fabric
9. Designed for comfort
10. Easy fit and retains shape
11. ISO 18184:2019 compliant
The Survitec Protect 360 uses ViralOff® textile treatment technology. ViralOff® is a fabric treatment applied to the textile is proven to reduce tested viruses (SARS-CoV-2, H3N2, H1N1) by over 99% on the material in two hours as per international standard. ViralOff® is an antimicrobial treatment which makes the material self-cleaning in regard to microbes and reduces the need for frequent washing. For best performance and sustainability, wash less and only when needed. ViralOff® does not interfere with the skin’s natural bacterial flora.
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