Manufacturers in Torfaen are being urged to support the production of PPE by repurposing their work, wherever possible, in the effort to increase urgently needed supplies and products for front line healthcare workers and services facing shortages during the COVID 19 outbreak.
These supplies which are critical to the spread of infection include critical equipment, cleaning products and personal protection equipment (PPE). Examples include: hand sanitizer, respirator face masks, face shields, eye protection (ai-tight goggles), gowns, hazard suits, protective bodysuits, foot / shoe covers and cleaning / disinfectant products.
Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive Member for Economy, Skills& Regeneration at Torfaen council said “I would ask any business here in the borough to consider how they could diversify or repurpose at this current time thereby supporting the NHS and the healthcare industry in their efforts during this unprecedented period. The increased manufacturing of urgently needed products will help ease pressures on services and help protect staff working at the front line. Given the traditional strength of the manufacturing and engineering sector here in Torfaen I believe our local firms could be well placed to rise to the challenge. In the first instance please contact the Life Sciences Hub Wales who are working with industry to help boost the supply of goods and develop solutions which address the immediate needs of NHS Wales.”
Posted on: Monday 6th April 2020