Scott Direct, in Earls Gate Park’s Caledon Green, has been working with its in-house garment manufacturing facility Seahawk Apparel to create the British Standards Institution (BSI) endorsed ear loop face masks made from three layers of 120 gsm cotton-blend fabric and is machine washable at 60 degrees.
Rob Sayles, Scott Direct managing director, said: “As a PPE supplier for over 30 years, Scott Direct has been at the forefront of supplying protective products like masks, gloves and sanitisers to local authorities, emergency services, and industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have had great success with the three-layered mask throughout the pandemic and in supporting hundreds of businesses across the UK with their business continuity plans and keeping their people safe.
“Further iterations of the mask have been innovated such as the Smile Mask and the factory has also pivoted production to make hospital scrubs and re-usable surgical gowns.”
Seahawk production supervisor Samantha Carr added: “As all of our manufacturing is done in-house, we have complete control over the end product and this has been invaluable when dealing with new product requirements and adaptions.
“We are able to offer the flexibility that customers need when specifying new products during this challenging time. There are also the added economic and environmental benefits of dealing with a local supply chain, and it’s really encouraging to see major businesses and organisations tapping in to the resources on their doorstep to support the local economy.”
There is also a clear variation on the mask design which allows people to see a person’s mouth – but still staying as safe as possible.
This Smile Face View mask is available in a choice of colours and both adult or child sizes and is reusable and washable.
Mr Sayles said: “The Scottish Government believes that non-medical masks have a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It's only right that all parts of our community should have equal potential to access the associated benefits.
“The innovative Face View mask improves that access.”