The Bioshield will exceed the guidelines for personal protective equipment set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be 100% reusable. Courtesy G95 Inc.
The maker of the Bioscarf is launching the production of a new medical-grade reusable safety mask in Cascade Township.
Carlton Solle, founder and CEO of Atlanta-based G95 Inc. — which the Business Journal on Monday reported moved production of its antibacterial filtration scarves and other apparel from China to the Ladder 34 facility at 4980 Kendrick St. SE in Cascade Township — said Thursday that the company is beginning production this week on the Bioshield, a mask meant to protect medical workers, first responders and consumers from COVID-19.
According to Solle, the Bioshield will exceed the guidelines for personal protective equipment set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be 100% reusable.
Solle said he started fielding phone calls in the past few days requesting a medical mask in response to the new coronavirus.
“We’ve heard from a number of hospitals and agencies interested in our enhanced filtration technology,” Solle said. “But our normal product line is designed for people to wear while hiking or traveling, not necessarily during a 12-hour shift in a hospital. So, we quickly went to work designing a more functional medical mask that will work for hospital workers, first responders and general consumers.”
The Bioshield mask will have the following features:
- Filtration technology that exceeds CDC guidelines: The CDC requires medical masks to filter out 95% of particles larger than 0.3 microns. The Bioshield masks will filter out 99.75% of even smaller particles — those 0.1 microns and larger, Solle said.
- Completely reusable: G95 filtration technology combines the latest in nanofiber filtration technology with spun-bond and melt-blown technologies all in one material. The result is a filtration material that is durable, reusable and washable. With normal use and in normal conditions, G95 gear is designed to be washed over 50 times before filtration efficiency starts to be affected.
- Super soft, super comfortable and easy to use.
- A “rugged” exterior fabric that is water-resistant and anti-bacterial for health care use, along with a specially designed strap system to ensure the mask stays in place.
Bioshield masks will be available for purchase on g95.com.
The company is working on a program where consumers can donate a Bioshield to first responders with their purchase.
G95 currently has the material to produce at least 100,000 masks with the ability to expand that number as needed.
Known for the Bioscarf, which was developed in 2017, G95 incorporates proprietary filtration technology into apparel and apparel accessories to help protect users from airborne contaminants that can be hazardous to one’s health.
In lab test results, G95 Filtration Technology filtered out an average of 99.75% of all particles 0.1 microns and larger. As a result, G95 gear can help to protect the wearer from air pollution, allergens, bacteria, viruses, smoke, PM2.5 and other airborne contaminants that can be hazardous to the health, the company said.