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North meets strong demand for disposable dust masks following the outbreak of SARS with its alternative to disposable dust masks.

May 26, 2003

Health & Safety

Montreal, QC — North Safety Products, a global manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) announced that it has increased its production for disposables and the CFR-1, a new concept in disposable dust masks, in order to meet the growing worldwide demand for disposables following the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

N95 products are being widely used as the most general, readily available barrier to lessen the possible threat presented by the SARS epidemic.

North designs and manufactures respiratory products both in North America and abroad.

Before SARS we had two production lines, each working 2 x 8 hour shifts x 5 days (160 hours)

Since SARS we have increased to three production lines, each working 2 x 10 hour shifts x 5 days (300 hours)

Production hours have nearly doubled. With manufacturing efficiencies thrown in, production has more than doubled, said product manager, Sylvain Lefebvre.

Millions of respiratory masks will be shipped to various regions by the middle of May and shipments will continue at the same pace in the days and weeks ahead.

The CFR-1 disposable respiratory mask is designed to meet all NIOSH and CSA standards for disposable respirators.

North Safety Products, one of the worlds largest manufacturers of occupational health and safety products, offers a full range of quality personal protection equipment, including head, hearing, eye/face, respiratory, hand and fall protection, lockout/tagout, protective footwear, first aid, controlled environment, and traffic safety products.

Contact: Mark Baker


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