The FDA wants healthcare providers to move away from using certain imported disposable masks, such as KN95s. The recommendation to ease off using non-NIOSH-approved masks comes less than two months after the agency said providers could transition away from reusing decontaminated masks. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing.
Honeywell is laying off approximately 470 employees on its Smithfield, R.I.-based N95 respirator mask production line. Charlotte, N.C.-based Honeywell expanded operations at the Smithfield eye protection products plant so that the facility could also manufacture millions of N95 masks at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Get the full story at our sister site, […]
Sandia National Laboratories has come up with its own version of a reusable respirator for frontline workers. Sandia has filed for patent protection, is testing prototypes, and seeking NIOSH approval and potential manufacturing partners for its elastomeric half-mask N95 respirator. It’s the latest entry to a small but growing category of reusable masks designed to filter at […]
Calumeo today announced the U.S. launch of a point-of-care N95 mask reprocessing device. The Morgan Hill-Calif.-based company said its Calumeo Clean countertop device uses dry heat to decontaminate N95 masks for reuse, without the use of toxic chemicals. The process takes just over an hour. The device can process six masks at a time and each […]