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Covid 19 Coronavirus

Type iir FRSM Disposable 3 Ply Face Masks

Prices on the type iir FRSM 3 Ply Face Masks have thankfully reduced humongously and are now at a very cheap affordable price making face protection from Covid 19 more accessible and affordable.

Many of our customers have asked us does the type iir mask provide better protection the the N95? This choice is down to interpretation of the information available but one thing is sure the iir mask provide a low cost disposable mask that provides at least 95% protection filtration and now only from £5.95 a box of 50 thats around 12p a mask which is well worth anyone’s money.

Delivery is free on our Fluid-Resistant (Type IIR) Surgical Face Masks (FRSM) Blue Protective Disposable 3 Ply Medical EN14683 Certified even to Northern Ireland, Highlands and Islands.

Buy type iir masks online now at www.office5star.co.uk

Read further information  type iir mask vs n95

Tel 01594 810081




Covid 19 Antigen Testing Kits for Sale-Bulk Buy for Business-Gov Approved-Pack 20

The UK Government has announced that it will be supplying free Covid 19 testing kits for business and companies with more than 50 employees. However, to fill the gap for the majority of businesses in the UK we have sourced some Covid 19 antigen test kits. They are currently selling fast so if you need some please buy soon. Buy online at www.office5star.co.uk or contact one of our friendly team on Tel 01594 810081 today.


Covid 19 Test Kits

Healgen Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit


This swab test is to be used for the detection of COVID-19  – results available within 15 minutes with high accuracy

  • One kit contains everything required to carry out the tests – no additional equipment is needed
  • Approved by Public Health England & validated by the UK Government
  • Results in 15 minutes
  • Each kit includes clear instructions and is easy to use
  • Pack of 20 tests
  • Suitable for businesses and companies


  • 20 test cassettes
  • 2 extraction buffer vials
  • 20 sterile swabs
  • 20 extraction tubes and tips
  • 1 workstation
  • 1 instruction manual


  • Qualitative, visually read results in 15 minutes
  • No instrument required
  • Room temperature storage or refrigerated (2-30°C / 36-86°F)
  • Procedural internal control included
  • Sterile Swabs, Extraction Buffer and Extraction Tubes included
  • FREE Delivery
  • Quantity DISCOUNTS Available


  • Specimen: Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swab
  • Time to Results: 15 minutes
  • Shelf Life: 24 months from the date of manufacture



What is antigen testing?

?Antigen tests detect proteins specific to a virus that appears in infected individuals, which indicates active infection. Rapid antigen testing is beneficial because of their portability, ease-of-use, and swift time to result.

What is the extraction buffer?

The extraction buffer includes components to dissociate viral proteins from their surfaces to be used as a target for the test. The method of the extraction buffer is used to prepare the test sample by dissolving the virus shell, which also deactivates the virus.

Does the test kit include transport media?

?The test kit includes an extraction buffer that is used to prepare the specimen for testing purposes. The extraction buffer IS NOT transport media and should not be used to preserve or transport specimens.

Can the test be used with alternative specimen types such as nasal swabs or any specimen contained in viral transport media?

?The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test is for direct nasopharyngeal swab specimen only. The test can only be used with the swab provided in the kit.

Can I collect the specimen and test at a later time?

?The specimen should be tested immediately after collection. The specimen can be retained up to 1 hour following collection if immediate testing of specimens is not possible. Dispose of the specimen and recollect if retained for more than 1 hour.

Can I freeze the device for long-term storage?

?The device should never be frozen. If refrigerated, allow the test kit components to reach room temperature before use.

Shelf Life

Shelf life 2 years from production and is printed on the box, earliest date will be November 2022
Useful links:


In addition, here is a further helpful link detailing employers using lateral flow tests. Again info from gov.uk.



Steristik comes in a range of either Antivirus or Antimicrobial self adhesive covers, tape or door pushes and can be bespoke printed with your company logo.

Steristick Antimicrobial Clear Protective Self Adhesive Sticky Back Plastic Film will cover all office, restaurant, school, care home, NHS, beauty, hospitality, public sector, retail, transportation and leisure hard surfaces killing bacteria and viruses on the surfaces it is applied to which protects people from spreading germs between each other throughout the entire day.

Ideal for sticking on high touch point surfaces in any environment.

It proactively kills viruses and bacteria to prevent the spread of germs between people coming into contact with the same surfaces throughout the day!

Silver ion technology used in SteriStik® is also used in other familiar products to eradicate viruses and bacteria as well as the spread of germs.

Just apply the filt to the required surface to help protect you, your workforce and customers.

Lasts for minimum of 4 months

Larger areas can prove difficult but Steristik uses the very best adhesive and can be re-positioned up to 60 times if you find you have bubbles in it!

Suitable for covering large or small surfaces such as desks, meeting room tables, kitchen worktops, door handles and more, the SteriStik Antimicrobial protective covering is a polypropylene film with silver ions and is backed with removable adhesive for self-installation.

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Antimirobial Range Steristik killing Bacteria

Independently test and confirmed as antimicobial killing 99.9% of bacteria within 2 hours.  As well as other harmful bacteria it kills MRSA, Salmonella, E Coli, Straphylococcus aureus. Proactively cleans its own surfaces 24/7.


Available in 4 different sizes:

33cm x 25M wide roll Steristik – Buy Online

7.5cm x 25M narrow roll Steristik – Buy Online

22.5cm x 7.5cm Small Door Push Stickers – Buy Online

48cm x 12cm Large Door Push Stickers – Buy Online


Anitvirus Range Steristik killing Bacterial and Viruses

Independantly laboratory tested against the ISO 21702 protocol. Confirmed as antiviral / virucidal against Human Coronavirus. Zero cytotoxicity detected in laboratory testing.  Surface covers are available in both clear and white.  Door pushes are available in white. Protectively cleans its own surface 24/7.


33cm x 25M roll Steristik – Contact us for best price today

7.5cm x 25M roll Steristik – Contact us for best price today

22.5cm x 7.5cm Door Push Stickers – Contact us for best price today

48cm x 12cm Door Push Stickers – Contact us for best price today


For in depth information on Steristik click here for the online PDF brochure

or visit our website www.office5star.co.uk


For bulk wholesale or bespoke branded Steristik enquiries please contact one of our friendly team 01594 810081

You are invited to donate much needed food to the Forest of Dean Foodbank
via our website www.office5star.co.uk.
Just add from the selection of their chosen items to your basket,
checkout and we will deliver the items to the Forest Food Bank on your behalf.
Search “Foodbank”

Free Delivery
No Minimum Order Value
No Other Purchase Necessary
Thanks for your help – Helping Local People in Crisis

Buy 3 Foodbank Items and we will Donate another one FREE !
This is a non-profit making exercise

For more information about the incredible work that the Forest Food Bank do, please visit their website www.theforest.foodbank.org.uk

Forest of Dean Food Bank Donation Charity Social Media


Biodegradable Antibacterial Hand and Surface Wipes SALE!

Buy 2 and get 1 pack absolutely free! But hurry as we are selling out fast.


Antibacterial Biodegradable Wipes React



React Antibacterial Hand & Surface Wipes which are dermatologically tested and kill 99.9% of bacteria, they are paraben free, alcohol free and biodegradable. The React Wipes are gentle on hands and provide a fresh fragrance, they are also flushable.

  • Suitable for Hands & Surfaces
  • Ideal for healthy pH 5.5 skin balance
  • Wipe size 16 x 18cm
  • Pack size: 60 x 24 Packs
  • Dermatologically Tested
  • Kills 99.9% Bacteria
  • Paraben Free
  • Alcohol Free
  • Biodegradable
  • Flushable
  • Gentle on Hands
  • Fresh Fragrance
  • Plastic free
  • Environmentally Eco Friendly

Due to hygiene reasons, these wipes are non-returnable
Please contact us for pallet prices and bulk quantities
Tel: 01594 810081
E: hello@office5star.co.uk

W: www.office5star.co.uk

Large uk stocks held ready for dispatch
NO maximum order quantity

Working from Home

During lockdown and the Coronavirus outbreak many of us chose to work from home.  Now restrictions are easing, many businesses and individuals have found that working is beneficial not only for the employees (as there is no commuting) but also for businesses as it makes it easier to arrange the workplace in order to social distance and actually it appears that we are all being more productive!

Fortunately in the Forest of Dean near Gloucester, we have had very few cases of Covid 19 and many businesses chose to work from home.

There are certain products that are needed in an office when working from home so we have listed a selection below of items such as pc headphones, telephone headsets, small printers, laptop risers, small desks and comfy desk chairs, small room air purifiers, plus antibacterial wipes for hands, office desks, keyboards and the all essential hand sanitizer in a handy pump bottle.

You will find more products on our website, but please click on the image below to find a selection of items that might come in handy for working from home.





50 Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) Protective Disposable 3 Ply Medical EN14683 Certified Bulk Pack Box only £26.95!

We have just had a new delivery of IIR face masks at a fab NEW PRICE of £26.95! Thats less than half normal price.

Buy on our website at www.office5star.co.uk

or Tel 01594 810081 during office hours.





If you are preparing to re-open your business or shop, to add to our other social distancing and hygiene products , you will be pleased to know that we have just had some fab bright yellow floor arrive with the printed text of  “Please Keep a Safe Distance of 2 Metre”. This is ideal for providing a visual prompt on the floor that people are required to abide by the 2M social distance rule. Buy in singles, pack of 6 or box of 36.



Social Distance 2M Yellow Tape

Face Masks and Respirators -IIR-N95-FFP3-FFP2-Which ones Are Best During the Coronavirus Covid 19 Pandemic?
Should I buy a Face Mask or a Respirator?

Even though a respirator may be referred to as a mask – they are not the same thing.


How and what are Face Masks used for?

Face masks are loose fitting and cover the mouth and nose (such as the iir fluid resistant surgical masks FRSM pictured below)
For an example, they would be worn in theatre during surgery to stop sneezing and coughing directly onto the patient.
Face masks are regulated under the Medical Devices Directives 93/42 EEC and are recognised as being dual purpose: protecting both the healthcare provider and the patient. All face masks should be CE marked as medical devices in accordance with the Medical Devices Directive 93/42 EEC.
The surgical face masks have two standards. The lower specification regular one is referred to as “ii” and the higher specification fluid resistant face mask is referred to as iir/IIR.
The type IIR standard require fluid resistance of 120 mm/Hg (mercury) which means it provides greater protection and is referred to on UK Government website regarding PPE and infection provention from Covid 19.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control/covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe#section-10point1
“Fluid resistant surgical masks
Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) provide barrier protection against respiratory droplets reaching the mucosa of the mouth and nose. FRSMs should be well fitted and subject to the same level of care in use as respirators (section 10.1). FRSMs are for single use or single session use (section 6) and then must be discarded. The FRSM should be discarded and replaced and NOT be subject to continued use in any of the circumstances outlined for respirators (section 10.1).

The protective effect of masks against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and other respiratory viral infections has been well established. There is no evidence that respirators add value over FRSMs for droplet protection when both are used with recommended wider PPE measures in clinical care, except in the context of AGPs.”

It goes on to say that surgical masks should:

  • cover both nose and mouth
  • not be allowed to dangle around the neck after or between each use
  • not be touched once put on
  • be changed when they become moist or damaged
  • be worn once and then discarded – hand hygiene must be performed after disposal


How and what are Respirators used for?

Respirators are a masks but they are tight fitting, designed to create a seal when worn on the face.
They are designed to protect the wearer, up to the safety rating when worn properly.
They are available in either disposable (with a valve or non-valved), half or full face.
Non valved respirators give good protection – a two way protection by filtering both the inflow and outflow from the wearer.
Valved respirators make it easier to breathe and there is less moisture build up inside but..
Valved respirators give one way protection only as they filter the wearers outflow/breath but they dont filter the inflow


Standards of Respirator

Respirators are designed to protect the wearer as detailed above.

The most well known respirator is the N95, which is an American standard of face mask.

Europe uses two different standards FFP and EN. The Filterering Face Piece  (FFP) comes from EN standard 149:2001.

Then the EN 143 standard covers P1 – P2 – P3.

Respirator Standard    Filter Capacity (removes x% of all particles that re 0.3 microns in diameter or larger
FFP1 & P1         At least 80%
FFP2 & P2       At least 94%
N95                   At least 95%
N99 & FFP3    At least 99%
P3                    At least 99.95%
N100              At least 99.97%

The table above shows that the closest European equivalent to N95 is FFP2/P2 rated respirators , which are rated at 94%, compared to 95% of the N95 respirator.

The closest rating to the N100 would be the P3 respirators with the FFP3 following on from that.

It is also important to note that these standards only specify the MINIMUM % particles that the respirator filters . So for instance if a mask is N95 rated, it will filter out AT LEAST 95% of particles that are 0.3 microns diameter or bigger.

The Chinese standard KN95 has the same specification as the American N95 respirators but things to watch out for are that there are no guarantees that all KN95 respirators actually meet the Chinese KN95 standard and it would also be advisable to make sure the there is a good seal around the face with adequate tension on the face straps.


How big is the Coronavirus Covid 19 particle size and can masks or respirators protect you?

The particle size of coronavirus is around 0.1 microns – (which is bigger than the filter size of 0.3 microns)

The UK Government recently published guidance of Covid 19 and Personal Protective Equipment PPE which can be found here


FFP3 and N100 respirator masks which filter out between 99.95% and 99.97 of particles bigger than 0.3 microns ,are understandably, in very short supply to the general public. However the UK Government has stated in this document:-

“The HSE has stated that FFP2 and N95 respirators (filtering at least 94% and 95% of airborne particles respectively) offer protection against COVID-19 and may be used if FFP3 respirators are not available.” which provides clarity on protecting yourself, workers and loved ones from Coronavirus Covid 19.

There are many businesses and individuals who will not be able to afford or even obtain the FFP2 and N95 respirator masks and the UK Government also states

“Fluid resistant surgical masks
Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) provide barrier protection against respiratory droplets reaching the mucosa of the mouth and nose. FRSMs should be well fitted and subject to the same level of care in use as respirators (section 10.1). FRSMs are for single use or single session use (section 6) and then must be discarded. The FRSM should be discarded and replaced and NOT be subject to continued use in any of the circumstances outlined for respirators (section 10.1).

The protective effect of masks against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and other respiratory viral infections has been well established. There is no evidence that respirators add value over FRSMs for droplet protection when both are used with recommended wider PPE measures in clinical care, except in the context of AGPs.”

which I was surprised about but then as the N95 / FFP2 respirator would normally be fitted properly against the face as opposed to the Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) which is generally more loose fitting, then the N95 /FFP2 respirator beats the Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) every time. But it is useful to know that the Fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical masks (FRSM) provides effective protection against droplet protection (when used with recommended PPE) and of course they are substantially cheaper and more readily available.


Recommended PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to use by Sector

To find out which PPE has been recommended , please click on the PDF links below which are tables that show you a full recommened specification of PPE Personal Protective Equipment based on which sector you are in .As recommended by Public Health England as at 28th April 2020.

The below are PDFs – please click on appropriate link.

Health Care Workers

Recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care inpatient clinical setting, NHS and independent sector

Primary, Outpatient, Community and Social Care

Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, community and social care by setting, NHS and independent sector

Ambulance Staff, Paramedics, Othe Patient Transport Services, Pharmacy Staff

Recommended PPE for ambulance staff, paramedics, other patient transport services and pharmacy staff

Additional Considerations where there is sustanained transmission of COVID 19

Additional considerations, in addition to standard infection prevention and control precautions,where there is sustained transmission of COVID-19, taking into account individual risk assessment for this new and emerging pathogen, NHS and independent sector


Always purchase from a reputable supplier. There are many many fake non standard approved and poorly made respirators, masks and PPE out there which will not provide protection.

To see our current stock range of face maskhttps://www.office5star.co.uk/ppe-face-masks

To see the stock Full PPE range https://www.office5star.co.uk/office-stationery-supplies-safety-and-ppe


The information supplied here is authentic to the best of the authors knowledge, and as such, it is prone to errors and it is possible for there to be absence of some key information. This has been generated in good faith and should not be perceived as professional advice in regards to health, finance or any other field