An announcement from Avery Dennison regarding self-adhesive N95 masks drew the most reader attention last week (Avery Dennison Partners with Global Safety First to Produce Self-Adhesive N95 Masks for Healthcare Professionals): “Avery Dennison recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Global Safety First, LLC (GSF) to produce and distribute a self-adhesive, NIOSH-certified N95 mask as part of the company’s efforts to provide innovative personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The N95 mask is a standard of safety in the healthcare setting and vitally important to protecting healthcare workers and patients. GSF’s ReadiMask® N95 face masks are reportedly made with electrostatic particle filtration properties that make them more breathable. They adhere gently to the face with double-coated, skin-friendly adhesive.

“According to Avery Dennison, the ReadiMask can form an air-tight seal to provide maximum protection while allowing filtration during inhalation and exhalation. The mask is virtually weightless, convenient, and easy to use. The design eliminates tight straps or ties that put pressure on the face or get caught in hair. In addition, the ReadiMask has no uncomfortable metal nose clip that can cause skin bruising. The ReadiMask was designed with a low breathing resistance and may provide a cooler temperature than similar masks.

“‘Our partnership with Global Safety First allows us to bring some much needed safety and comfort to frontline healthcare workers who rely on N95 masks every day for protection,’ said Kirsten Newquist, vice president and general manager of Avery Dennison Medical. ‘GSF’s unique design, along with our medical manufacturing capabilities and expertise in skin contact adhesives, is helping to bring mask innovation to the healthcare market at a time when it is sorely needed.’”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for May 17-23

  1. Avery Dennison Partners with Global Safety First to Produce Self-Adhesive N95 Masks for Healthcare Professionals
    #4 last week
  2. Henkel North America Announces COVID-19 Support for Employees and Communities
  3. Berry Global Achieves Record Net Sales in its 2020 Fiscal Second Quarter
  4. Sales Down 9% for Ashland in Fiscal 2020 Second Quarter
  5. ASC Announces 2020 Scholarship Program Recipients

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