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Staff Spotlight: Meet Puki

Staff Spotlight: Meet Puki
To celebrate National Cat Week this week, we thought we’d turn the lens toward our beloved office cat, Puki. They reminded us that it was the week to celebrate cats (little do they know, every week is to celebrate cats) and that the holiday has been in place since 1946! Cats are smarter and more observant than we give them credit for. Just don’t tell Puki...

Masking Up in Schools Can Reduce COVID Outbreaks

Masking Up in Schools Can Reduce COVID Outbreaks

In the early stages of the pandemic, it was widely believed that children were not a risk group for COVID infections, but, as the American Academy of Pediatrics reports, as of October 21 of this year, nearly 6.3 million children have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. This amounts to a staggering 13.8% of all the COVID-19 cases in the country (total reported cases 45.616 million, per The New York Times).

If you’ve been reading the news, you know that in certain parts of the country there are school districts that aren’t mandating that students wear facemasks in the classroom or anywhere within the school. Some of the comments from parents opposed to having their kids wear face masks have ranged from “It’s child abuse to make kids wear masks,” to “face masks don’t work.”

Staff Spotlight: Meet Andres Duwin

Staff Spotlight: Meet Andres Duwin

As Head of Production at OCTO®, Andres’ role is more deep than it appears. He arrives at the office and prepares a fresh pot of coffee for the troops (crucial step No. 1), then feeds the office cat and the cat’s outdoor cat friends (a very crucial step No. 2).

In all seriousness, Andres makes the office hum and is responsible for the fulfillment of orders, coordinating with the manufacturing team on active work orders and ensuring production is rolling...

Toxic Algae Blooms Trigger Quality of Air Concerns

Toxic Algae Blooms Trigger Quality of Air Concerns
As reported by The Washington Post on August 23rd of this year, the discovery of a dead young family and their dog last month, along the Merced River in California, led to hiking trail and water access closures close to where the bodies were found. Efforts to discern the cause of death continue, although foul play has been ruled out. However, tests of the air, soil and water nearby revealed extremely high levels of toxins…

Respiratory Protection Week: Bringing greater awareness to the importance of mask wear

Respiratory Protection Week: Bringing greater awareness to the importance of mask wear

It may not have been marked on your calendar this year, but this week is Respiratory Protection Week. For the average person, it may not resonate as an important time, however once you learn that the standard N95 mask design that millions have been wearing during COVID-19 was created five decades ago, you may question how something has gone so long without a much innovation.

The reality is that innovation has occurred, but you just don’t yet know about it.

“Respiratory Protection Week 2021” promoted by The National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) was created specifically to bring greater awareness to the importance of respiratory protection, specifically N95s, and to illuminate the research, and standards developments underway...

What’s on Your Face? The Evolution of the Term “Face Mask”

Evolution of the term "Face Mask"
Before the onslaught of COVID-19, the term “face mask” was comfortably used to identify face coverings of different styles—from moisturizing and skin toning options and Halloween costumery to NIOSH-certified and medical-grade protections covering the nose and mouth. The pandemic has changed everything - the term face mask has undergone its own defining face lift...

Staff Spotlight: Meet Ariel De La Rosa

Staff Spotlight: Meet Ariel De La Rosa

What do motorcycles, reef tanks, and a good cup of coffee have in common? Ariel De La Rosa, our self-professed Technopreneur (but let’s face it, he wears many hats). 

Ariel works on the principle of finding and utilizing the right tool for the job. It’s not an intuitive process; it requires an understanding of the core of the options under consideration to address a specific issue to balance out the possible outcomes in the short and long term.

That, coupled with his passion for technology and how it leverages human efforts, while identifying and resolving business problems with software solutions, has made him a valuable team member at OCTO® Safety Devices.

When Tragedy Strikes, Protective Gear Is Crucial

When Tragedy Strikes, Protective Gear Is Crucial
Rescue crews searching for survivors of the deadly Surfside Condominium collapse in Miami were faced with many of the same risks as 9/11 first responders. Propane and gas leaks from pipelines within the building infrastructure, burning rubble, and various forms of building material debris has been carried, and in some cases fueled, by Florida’s ocean breezes and humidity, much to the detriment of crew members, nearby communities, and their residents...