Immediate Release- April 27, 2009 - Wein Products Inc. Los Angeles, CA
ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL STRAPLESS ADHESION RESPIRATOR (FACE MASK) PROVIDES UNSURPASSED PROTECTION AGAINST SWINE FLU
The FitSealTM is the first and only strapless, one-size-fits-all adhesion filtering facepiece respirator to be approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and meets the recently introduced additional test requirements for new technology as part of respirator certification.
LOS ANGELES, April 27 - The FitsealTM respirator with its advanced adhesion technology forms an effective adhesion seal between the respirator and the face (the face-seal) minimizing the problems of hazardous and infectious airborne particles bypassing the filter media and entering the lungs through gaps between the respirator and the face.
Dr. Gabor Lantos, Director, of Personal Protective Equipment for FaceSeal Technologies, notes the level of respiratory protection recommended by authorities has evolved since the SARS outbreak of 2003. "The general population is not aware that loose fitting surgical masks covering the nose and mouth have significant face-seal leakage factors and are not recommended to protect wearers against airborne infection." says Dr. Lantos.
The Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researchers have shown that respirator fit is critical to provide essential protection against airborne viruses and bacteria. The seal between the edge of the respirator and the face (known as the face-seal) is especially crucial, because leakage through any gaps will allow disease-causing viruses to enter one's breathing zone inside the respirator, causing infection.
The Centers for Disease Control, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report2 states that "Face-seal leakage is the weak link that limits a respirator's protection ability."
(Reference: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, December 30, 2005/54)
Professor Sergey Grinsphun, an expert on aerosol science and a leading researcher on respirator fit and performance at the University of Cincinnati's Department of Environmental Health, has noted that "...as much as 5% of virus sized particles may penetrate through an N95 respirator filter and almost 5 - 7% may leak through the gap between the edge of the face and the edge of the respirator. This means that with a properly donned conventional respirator, as much as 12% of air breathed in may contain harmful virus particles."
FitSeal and Viramask adhesion, one size fits all respirator technologies are Patent Pending advanced respiratory protection innovations from inventor Stan Weinberg, Chairman & CEO of Wein Products Inc. The state-of-the-art hypoallergenic, latex-free and puncture, crush and tear-resistant filter media allows for easy breathing as well as clear speech and can be worn comfortably for up to eight hours.
Mandatory fit testing to ensure proper facefit and faceseal requires multiple styles, makes and size selection with conventional banded facemasks and may not be widely available or practical during a Pandemic but FitSEal one size fits all adhesion strapless facemasks have been shown to fit more of the general population than the conventional banded masks tested and they provide unsurpassed comfort, breathability and swine flu penetration resistance.
In an emergency, where professional donning instruction is not available it is also comforting to know that our VIRAMASK and FitSeal adhesion technology can be put on upside down and still work properly which is not the case with conventional facemasks. This is more of a problem than most people realize. In a post KATRINA test of N95 conventional respirators, most people could not get a good safe fit on their own. "Respirators that don't seal properly around the face offer only the illusion of protection." (Reference: OSHA Technical Manual, Section VIII)
A dedicated team of, filtration materials experts, testing, evaluation, respiratory medical experts, and occupational application and regulatory specialists from the USA and CANADA also assisted greatly in the final development and commercialization of these WEIN Respiratory Protection inventions.
Special thanks to Dr. Sergey Grinshpun of the Center for Health Related Aerosol Studies at the University of Cinncinnati, at the School of Environmental Health, world reknowned respiratory protection authority who encouraged me from the very beginning of this 5 year quest for the perfect facesealed mask. Joe Leineberg of Superior Felt and Filtration, Chicago who lent his tremendous energy years of filtration experience in the specifications and selection and testing of advanced filtration materials and made this unsurpassed technology a practical high speed production reality.
We also thank our uncommonly gifted and incomparable FACESEAL TECHNOLOGIES CANADA team led by Neil Soberman who implimented and dealt with TIL chamber testing, evaluation and professional support with the respiratory protection community and extremely complex regulatory issues to certify these products.
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