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April 20, 2020

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Construction workers urged to keep masks clean to help site PPE shortages

Safety supplier JSP is reminding builders to keep cleaning reusable masks to prolong their life as PPE shortages threaten sites.

Respiratory masks are in short supply for sites as equipment is diverted to the NHS. A UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the frontline responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock. The plan can be found here.

On March 4, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that supplies of PPE, such as the gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons used by health workers fighting coronavirus are “rapidly depleting” and warned against “hoarding and misuse”.

“We are concerned that countries’ abilities to respond are being compromised by the severe and increasing disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment … caused by rising demand, hoarding and misuse,” he said.

JSP says its Force 8 half-masks are reusable and last longer with proper cleaning and maintenance: “Maintaining your PPE is important and you can prolong the lifespan of your products by following manufacturers cleaning instructions.

“It not only increases hygiene levels but reduces costs and is more sustainable.

“JSP has produced a video and poster to raise awareness for industrial workforces and to help improve product lifespan.”

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