Health Care & Safety

FDA Temporarily Relaxes Hand Sanitizer Ethanol Restrictions to Increase Supply
June 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm

In order to keep up with demand for hand sanitizer, particularly in the health care space, the FDA has temporarily relaxed its restrictions on fuel- and technical-grade ethanol, and the amount of certain impurities present in the production process. These are temporary rules aimed at increasing hand sanitizer availability while demand remains sky high...

EPA Says Tennessee's Face Masks Are Safe to Use After All
June 9, 2020 at 11:45 am

Yesterday, we reported that the Tennessee government had told everyone to wait to wear the free masks it spent $8.2 million on, after concerns arose that an antimicrobial material used in production could be harmful to people. Thankfully, the pause didn’t take too long, and the result is that the masks are, in fact, safe to wear...

Bay Area Screen Printer Says Authorities Seized Mask Shipment Intended for Protestors
June 5, 2020 at 12:17 pm

An Oakland screen printer said that authorities seized a shipment of branded face masks intended for those protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. The masks, which read “Stop Killing Black People,” were purchased by the nonprofit Movement for Black Lives for protestors in four cities, but reportedly never made it that far...

LAT Apparel Offers Decorator-Friendly Face Coverings for Adult and Children
June 4, 2020 at 1:38 pm

LAT Apparel, Ball Ground, Ga., announced that it is offering reusable, two-ply, decorator-friendly face coverings for adults (under the LAT Brand) and kids (under the company’s Rabbit Skins Brand). These decorator-friendly versions are ideal for screen print, heat transfers, direct-to-garment, embroidery and pad printing. Both versions come in black/black, white/black and white/white. The reusable masks…

Scientists Are Working on Face Masks That Kill Coronavirus On Contact
May 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Scientists are working on creating a treatment for face masks that not only prevent pathogens from spreading, but actually kills the virus on contact. According to Newsweek, researchers at the University of Kentucky have been working on a mask that would “capture and deactivate” the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19...

This Pepsi-Branded COVID-19 Testing Banner Was Maybe Not the Best Idea
May 22, 2020 at 1:01 pm

We've chronicled numerous recent gestures that have proven touching and hopeful. While it would be wonderful to count every bit of news as a positive, a gaffe by Pepsi that found the company including its branding on a COVID-19 testing banner has reminded us that, well, these are certainly confusing times, even for marketers...

Apple Update Makes It Easier to Unlock Face ID Enabled iPhones While Wearing a Mask
May 22, 2020 at 9:30 am

For those of us with fancy iPhones that recognize our faces, face masks might create some difficulty. But, since wearing a face mask in public spaces seems to be the norm for the foreseeable future, Apple has adapted to the times and made it so iPhone users can still easily unlock their phones with its Face ID function, even when they’re wearing a mask...

Proforma Announces Kimberly Fulford as Product and PPE Manager
May 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

Proforma, Cleveland, announced Kimberly Fulford as its new product and PPE manager. In her new role, Fulford will report to CEO Vera Muzzillo. Fulford brings more than 20 years of business experience and success in sales, operations, distribution and marketing. During the last six years, Fulford has held various…

This Data-Driven T-shirt Is a Big Step for Wearable Tech in Health
May 13, 2020 at 1:33 pm

Wearable technology plays a key role in the development of health care advancements. It has the ability to track vitals, transmit information to medical professionals and provide data during emergencies. There have been stories of items like Fitbit bracelets literally saving people’s lives. For a lot of medical issues, time is of the essence, so…