Health Care & Safety

The FDA Expects N95, Surgical Mask and Other PPE Supply Shortages to Last for the Duration of the Pandemic
August 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm

The FDA published its first list of medical device shortages on August 14. Nine of the 20 items fall under the PPE category, with data including item type, reason for interruption and other information. But the most telling information is the "estimated shortage duration" column, in which all nine PPE items are listed as "duration of COVID-19 public health emergency"...

FDA Expands Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List to 163, Adds New Criteria
August 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

The FDA has expanded its list of potentially harmful hand sanitizer products, as well as adding a new component that qualifies a product for the list. Previously, the list only included products containing methanol or manufactured in facilities containing methanol, but it now includes the ingredient 1-propanol and some ineffective products...

Antiviral Clothing Is Here, But Does It Actually Work?
August 19, 2020 at 11:48 am

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain product categories and technology have skyrocketed in popularity. Hand sanitizer demand went through the roof, PPE products are still in frighteningly high demand and low supply, and now, apparently, antiviral apparel is coming to market...

'If Anything, We're Worse Off': What's Going On With America's PPE Supply Chain? (and How the Market Has Changed in Promo)
August 19, 2020 at 9:59 am

After shortages early in the coronavirus pandemic, America’s PPE supply seems to have caught up. But why do so many hospitals and frontline health workers say they still don’t have enough? In this story, we look at the disconnect between supply and demand, plus revisit PPE in the promotional products industry to see how the market has changed and where it might go...

These Are the Most Effective Face Mask Types (According to New Study)
August 13, 2020 at 10:57 am

There has been little debate among public health professionals that widespread mask use is crucial to slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Where there has been some debate, though, is over the most effective face mask types outside of the approved medical-grade varieties. Which of the many available face coverings protects most against transmission of the virus? We finally have some data...

FDA Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List Tops 135, Adds Another U.S. Manufacturer
August 12, 2020 at 1:01 pm

The FDA’s constantly-updating list of potentially harmful hand sanitizers has now risen to more than 135 products. Another U.S.-based manufacturer has now joined the list, too, with Dallas’s Santa Cruz Biotechnology initiating a voluntary recall. Georgia-based SG24 LLC also had to recall its SkinGuard24 All-Day Hand Sanitizer after it was labeled to contain methanol...

Los Angeles Apparel Responds to LA Subpoena Over Workplace Practices
August 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

Los Angeles Apparel has responded to a subpoena from the city of Los Angeles looking to enforce compliance rules now that Los Angeles Apparel has reopened. The apparel company, founded by American Apparel founder and former CEO Dov Charney, was in the media spotlight after more than 300 workers in the company's manufacturing facilities tested…

Bella+Canvas, Serena Williams Team Up With National School Boards Association and Scholastic to Bring Millions of Masks and COVID Safety Education to Children
August 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Bella+Canvas and Serena Williams have pledged to donate a minimum of 4.25 million masks—the number of students living below the poverty line—working with the National School Boards Association to distribute them to schools most in need. Bella+Canvas will provide free and discounted access to breathable, comfortable face masks—distributing masks to 115,000 schools nationwide...

Single-Use Face Masks Could Be the Next Major Ocean Pollutant
August 10, 2020 at 11:36 am

Environmental experts worry that improperly disposed single-use face masks could make the issue of ocean pollution worse. More face masks are popping up in waterways across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and people take precautions to protect themselves and others...

Some Distilleries That Pivoted to Hand Sanitizer Are Now Struggling to Sell It
August 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

For months after the start of the pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. In response, many alcoholic beverage distilleries stepped up to make it. And they made a lot of it. They made so much that, with the hand sanitizer supply starting to catch up and prices per gallon dropping, they now have more than they know what to do with...