LICAP is taking on the COVID 19 pandemic with action. We wanted to keep our employees engaged during the pandemic. LICAP, now registered with the US FDA makes high quality ear loop face masks in its Sacramento, California manufacturing complex with the best US Sourced material to offer great protection. Scroll below
Question: What is the difference between an N95 mask and a procedure face mask?
Answer: An N95 mask fits tightly to the face and typically has better filter material to catch smaller particles. The better filter material does catch more particles but the tradeoff is that it is harder to breathe through and can be uncomfortable. These masks are best for medical professionals and first responders.
Question: How does a cloth mask compare to a procedure mask?
Answer: A quality procedure face mask has at least three layers of material including the very important inside filter layer. The inside and outside layers are designed to have a smooth comfortable feel while repelling moisture from either side. A cloth mask is made up of single or multiple layers of woven fabric. Woven fabric offers channels for small particles due to the repetitive nature of the weave and the openings as the fibers cross in the repeated pattern.
A quality procedure face mask is made of non-woven material that has random overlapping fibers. In addition, the middle layer, a layer consisting of non-woven melt-blown fabric, is composed of material that retains the smallest particles down to less than 0.3 microns.
Cloth masks offer no protection from small particles while a good quality face mask made with premium melt-blown fabric will block more than 95% of the smallest particles.
Question: What is a "Sterile" face mask?
Answer: There are many face masks on the market that are not sterilized at the end of the manufacturing process. The most common ways to sterilize face masks are chemical fumigation and ultraviolet light (UV) exposure.
In the chemical fumigation process, the finished masks are sealed into a large box or bag and then powerful antibacterial-anti viral aerosol is pumped in. The masks are left for a period of time in the bag or box and then packaged. The chemicals are harsh and it is common for the finished face masks to have an odor or residue after processing.
In the UV process, which LICAP uses, the face masks are bombarded 360 degrees with powerful UV light waves. The process kills bacteria and viruses but leaves no chemical residue or odor. After completing the UV light treatment, the LICAP face masks are sealed into plastic bags to preserve sterilization for up to two years.
The wrong fit can defeat the idea of wearing a mask. Make sure that the mask is contoured around the nose and fully covers the bridge of the nose and beneath the chin.
Establish protocols with employees and for employees to be able to work safe together. Make sure face masks are worn properly with the best fit, work spaces are cleaned frequently, employees wash hands frequently and they maintain a safe distance.
LICAP is making high quality surgical/procedure type face masks in the United States (US) with US sourced materials including high performance non-woven melt-blown filter material from a well known US supplier. In addition, LICAP sterilizes its masks after production then seals them into bags that will last up to two years on the shelf. LICAP is registered with the US FDA.
Product structure and composition: This product consists of a nose clip, a mask band and a mask body. The mask body is made of an inner layer of medical grade comfortable non-woven fabric, a middle layer of non-woven melt-blown cloth particulate filter, and an outer layer of medical grade non-woven cloth.
Recommended use: Covers the user's mouth, nose and jaw, providing a physical barrier to aerosol droplets and particulates.