Improve Your Facility’s Mask Choice

Improve Your Facility's Mask ChoiceWe are halfway into President Biden’s 100-day Mask Challenge. As a manager, you ensured your employees met mask regulations long before the challenge was issued. They learned to express certain emotions to each other using only their eyes months ago, this isn’t new to them, or to you.

When cloth masks were first encouraged for public & industrial use by the CDC, better alternatives were in short supply. Even medical staff reported the reuse of disposable PPE just to ensure they had minimal protection. In an impressively short period of time, that has changed.

It’s time for the industrial sector to improve its mask choices. In conjunction with vaccinations, the continued use of PPE is going to be critical. To reinforce these efforts, the industrial sector can make a significant contribution to reducing the spread (and keeping their workers healthy) with one simple effort: Improve employee mask choices.

At Martin Technical, we know safety. We began sourcing FDA approved masks and making them available for medical facilities and businesses early in the pandemic. We want to keep you informed of the best options. Not sure where to start? Learn more about the hierarchy of masks below.


The Hierarchy of Masks: A Full House of Safety

While any mask is better than no mask, peak mask use it isn’t as simple as throwing a bandana over your nose and mouth. Both filtration and fit are important. An additional key factor is to use disposable masks, disposing of the product based on CDC/WHO guidelines. Companies can improve employee compliance by providing your facility with 5-packs of masks, i.e. one work-week.

For Medical Providers

The N95: Our High Ace

At this time, the CDC recommends N95’s be reserved for Medical Staff. The N95 is NIOSH approved, with a 95%+ filtration and an excellent fit when donned properly. These should be used by trained staff, regularly exposed to high-risk situations and populations. The public and non-medical facilities are discouraged from purchasing these masks, not only to reserve them for medical use, but to avoid accidental purchase of counterfeit products.

For Non-Medical Users

The KN95: The King/Queen of Masks

For non-medical users, KN95 will be your top choice. Your employees won’t be missing out on filtration efficiency or fit with this mask. KN95s are similar to the N95 in appearance, have the same efficiency of 95%+, and can fit equally well when donned properly. The FDA approves them for use in place of N95’s for medical staff when necessary.

Unlike the N95 as this time, KN95 are encouraged for public use. However, when purchasing KN95’s, managers should be cautious. Always buy through a trusted seller or reseller. Avoid online sellers that don’t have safety as their core focus in their business, as these can often be home to counterfeit products. Martin Technical has these masks available in bulk, coming in packs of 5. You can contact us here to receive a quote. Always purchase from a company you trust when sourcing your masks.

3-Ply Surgical Earloop: Your Knight in Shining Armor

Underneath the KN95, 3-Ply Surgical Earloop masks are an excellent second choice for industrial and daily mask use. They sport a similar filtration efficiency to KN95 and N95, however they tend to fit less well than KN95. However, when KN95 aren’t available, Earloops are your best option. Like the KN95, there has been an increase in counterfeit products due to demand of these masks. Purchase through a trusted source when buying these masks.

Cloth: Your Jack of All Trades

Cloth masks were our first defense against this pandemic. Early on, when the above options weren’t available, we used these to prevent spread. However, cotton face masks are only estimated to have 50% filtration efficiency.  Cloth masks are and always will be better than no mask. However, whenever possible, we should use the above options over these to reduce the spread of the virus.

Improve Your Mask Use

Commit to improving your facility’s mask use today. Rather than have workers provide their own cloth masks, contact a trusted company to source KN95 or Surgical Earloop masks today. You can easily receive a quote for KN95 or Surgical Earloop masks by contacting Martin Technical at 866-234-6890 or emailing

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Man Lost Half his Leg in Workplace Accident

Sydney, Australia- A 35-year-old man has lost half his leg in a workplace accident at a factory in New South Wales’ Macarthur region, near Sydney.

Ambulance crews were called to the Inghams Poultry Processing Plant on Ralfe St, Tahmoor, about 8am on Wednesday.

Paramedics worked frantically to free the man, trapped in a machine at the turkey processing facility, and whose leg had to be amputated from the knee.

He was treated at the scene before being flown to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition.

The accident occurred at a factory in Tahmoor, south of Sydney. Image: Google Maps

The ambulance spokesperson said a 35-year-old man was stuck in a piece of machinery, and has sustained a serious leg injury.  A specialist medical team arrived by helicopter, where the man was extricated from the scene and flown to hospital for further treatment, in a serious condition.

“Ingham’s has been working with emergency services to do everything it can to support and aid an employee who has been injured in a serious workplace incident. The employee is on his way to hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition,” an Ingham’s spokesperson states.

“The employee’s family is on their way to the hospital and being given all possible assistance and support. Fellow employees are being provided with counselling.”

“Ingham’s will work with the appropriate safety authorities to investigate the incident and will continue to focus on ensuring the safety of its employees.”

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Combustible Dust and Other Hazards at GA Peanut Plant

combustible dustLeesburg, GA – Combustible dust is among the many hazards found in the last few years at Great Southern Peanut, LLC. The company was placed on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program last fall for violations documented in 2014, 2016, and again in 2018.

In 2018, the peanut processing plant was issued penalties of $309,505 for serious and repeated workplace safety citations. OSHA inspectors documented failures to develop and implement procedures for confined space entry, provide training on confined space hazards, and also cited Great Southern Peanut for not keeping reduced compressed air to a required level. Additionally, they were found to be in violation of workplace record-keeping requirements.

The finding of one serious violation and one repeat violation at Great Southern Peanut in the fall of 2018, landed it on OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. According to OSHA’s Savannah Area Office Director,  Great Southern Peanut “failed to adhere to the terms of a formal agreement to correct workplace hazards identified in a previous inspection, continuing to put employees at risk of serious injury.”

In 2016, the Georgia peanut producer was issued approximately $110,000 in fines for numerous repeated safety violations. OSHA’s 2016 inspection at Great Southern Peanut’s Leesburg (GA) facility was a follow up visit to check in the status of a series of citations identified in 2014. Federal workplace safety inspectors documented 13 repeated concerns, which included hazardous accumulations of combustible peanut dust as well as failure to provide protective guards on platforms and open-sided floors.

Their placement on the Severe Violators Enforcement list means that OSHA may inspect any Great Southern Peanut facility if it has reasonable grounds to believe that similar violations might be found. The severe violators program focuses on “recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.”

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