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Addressing comfort concerns with N95 respirators

PPE portfolio showcased at the NSC Safety Congress and Expo in Florida in October.

7th October 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  West Bridgewater, MA, USA

Protective, Medical/Hygiene

Shawmut Corporation, headquartered in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, will introduce its new N95 particulate respirator at the Best in Show Showcase during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress and Expo. The company will also be introducing its new range of non-surgical isolation gowns at the event, to be held in Orlando, Florida, from October 11-13.

Shawmut’s N95 particulate respirator is US-made and features the Protex all-day-comfort (ADC) system, which addresses user concerns that most moulded-cup N95s are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time.

It features a uniquely soft yet strong inner layer, a lightweight inner filtration layer, and high-sealing viscoelastic nose foam to form one of the safest and most secure N95 seals available.

“The most important feature of an N95 respirator is how well it fits and seals, but it is hard to forget the images of frontline workers from early on in the pandemic with facial indentations and bruising on their faces from wearing these protective masks,” said Steve Walley, vice president of health and safety sales at Shawmut. “We designed our N95 respirator to not only deliver the highest levels of protection, but also the highest levels of comfort. Based on the consistently high fit testing scores we receive for these masks and the overwhelming feedback from users who say this is the most comfortable N95 mask they have ever worn, I think we’ve succeeded on both fronts.”

Shawmut will also be featuring five new Protex advanced protection non-surgical isolation gowns at the event. All of Shawmut’s gowns meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s (AAMI) high compliance standards for Level 2 isolation gowns for minimal to low-fluid barrier protection.

The gowns are available with a full-back overlap and 360-degree coverage, or an over-the-head donning and open-back style offering more breathability for users. Four of the five newly released gowns are for single-use and made with either soft spunbond polypropylene or polyethylene film and one is reusable, made of a multi-layer synthetic laminate that offers a 50% total reduction in weight compared to competitors, making it easier for medical and industrial workers to wear them for extended periods.

Online voting for the NSC Best in Show New Product Showcase Awards is open for registered attendees and closes on Monday, October 11. To vote click here.

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