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Act First Safety Releases New One-Size-Fits-All Strapless Adhesion Respirator to Help Prevent Swine Flu and Other Respiratory Pathogens and Harmful Particles

Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2009 --( Concern over the possibility of a swine flu pandemic is focusing people's interest on strategies they can take to protect themselves. Frequent hand washing is not enough since the virus is easily transmitted via airborne droplets and aerosols. A cough or sneeze can result in infection. For individuals whose work or personal responsibilities put them into close contact with an infectious person, an effective respirator (face mask) is essential protection.

NIOSH approved filtering facepiece respirators with an N95 level of protection or higher are being recommended by the CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for protection against the H1N1 virus. However, no matter how efficient the filter, if a mask does not fit properly, gaps between the mask and the face (the face-seal) will allow harmful/infectious particles to enter the wearer's breathing zone. Lessons learned from the SARS experience, inspired Stanley Weinberg, inventor and Chairman & CEO of Wein Products Inc., to design and engineer an adhesion facemask addressing the shortcomings and limitations of conventional respirators that are held in place by straps, rubber bands and nose clips.

The Fitseal™ Adhesion Filtering Facepiece Particulate Respirator (FFPR) represents a breakthrough in personal respirator technology. Co-developed by Canadian and American scientists and medical experts, this one-size-fits-all respirator is held in place by medicalgrade adhesion technology that onforms and seals to the wearer's face, therebysignificantly reducing inward and outward leakage between the mask and the face.

The Fitseal™ N99 offers at least 99% filtration efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain oil. The structure and materials are designed with comfort in mind. It allows for easy breathing as well as clear speech and can be worn comfortably for up to eight hours. It is easy to don and remove, and will not interfere with glasses or headgear.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that: "Face-seal leakage is the weak link that limits a respirator's protection ability." (Reference: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, December 30, 2005/54)

FitSeal™ is the first and only adhesion respirator that has been approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The FitSeal™ Respirators were launched across North America in June. Act First Safety is a proud master distributor of Fitseal.

For further information, contact Act First Safety at 416-283-SAFE (7233) or Lauren McFarlane at, or visit

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