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BARDA Mask Innovation Challenge: OCTO® Safety Devices Selected as Semi-Finalist

Octo Safety Devices Semi-Finalist Bard Mask Innovation Challenge

OCTO Safety Devices has been selected as a semi-finalist in the BARDA Mask Innovation Challenge, from a pool of over 1,500 submissions.

To support the mass development of mask designs that meet stringent, pre-defined performance standards and provide increased comfort and durability for the average consumer, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), partnered together to create the Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask. 

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ditch our Face Mask Just Yet

Reusable Respirator Mask - OCTO Respirator Mask

As the summer months and sunshine-filled outdoor activities loom, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared optimistic guidance concerning mask wearing. As more Americans choose to get vaccinated, COVID-19 numbers (cases and deaths) continue to slowly decline, precipitating a desire to ditch face masks altogether. 

But wait! Not so fast... 

Staff Spotlight: Meet Melanie Orel

Melanie Orel

A company's excellence out in the world starts from within. We hire the best, brightest minds we can find — and we take care of them to the fullest extent possible. Team OCTO is diverse, savvy, dedicated, highly skilled, and supremely passionate. And you should meet them. So, we're introducing you to the team with a new Staff Spotlight interview series. 

In honor of Nurse's Week, let's kick this off with our very own in-house nurse and medical technology and operations expert Melanie Orel... 

Spring Has Sprung (And So Have The Allergies)

Spring Has Sprung (And So Have The Allergies)

Throughout most of the pandemic, remember how uncomfortable it felt to be near strangers who were sneezing or coughing? It’s human nature - we couldn’t help but wonder, “Oh no, does that person have COVID?”

Now, we have allergies to worry about.

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

It’s not if, but when, the next pandemic will hit. Whether that’s in five years or another 100 years (if we’re lucky), COVID-19 taught all of us lessons on how to prepare.

The scary, predicted food shortages we dreaded never came to full fruition. But you may recall toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant, and other household goods were picked clean from grocery store shelves every day...

Skip the disposable mask this Earth Day

Skip the disposable mask this Earth Day

It’s a scene all too familiar since last March: Like tumbleweeds rolling down the street, the omnipresent tossed or dropped light blue disposable facemasks flapping in the wind or piling up in public trashcans are becoming a common sight in every town and city. 

It gets worse. Double worse...

8 Ways OCTO®’s Filter Outperforms Other Masks

8 Ways OCTO®’s Filter Outperforms Other Masks
When we created the OCTO® Respirator Mask (ORM), we knew the filter material was one of the most important features to get right. As testimonies for ORM continue to come in from around the world, the filter is one of the features we consistently get glowing feedback about. To help you understand why ORM’s filter is so special, we developed a list of 8 ways its outperforming other mask filters...