More PPE for drivers with EGR

More protective equipment could be available to drivers and other customer-facing bus and coach employees. Precision-engineering specialist EGR has taken the decision to convert its manufacturing capacity to the supply of plastic protective face shields.

Australia’s largest manufacturer of rigid polymer sheeting used in personal protective equipment (PPE) will shortly increase its capacity from 25,000 units per day to more than 100,000, targeting existing users of PPE as well as addressing the need to stockpile equipment for future pandemics. EGR says its PPE products are designed to withstand the harshest environments and can be cleaned and maintained easily using commonly available surface cleaning solutions.

The products are currently being manufactured at EGR’s facility in Brisbane in line with European Standards and can be shipped to the UK within 48 hours.

James Horwill of EGR, which has a UK base in Milton Keynes, says the face shields are increasingly in demand beyond the medical profession: “Although perfect for frontline staff in hospitals and nursing homes they are also being requested by any customer-facing staff operating in any close contact spaces where it is vital to keep the minimum ‘social distance’ between those staff and the general public.

“We are responding to the need to protect people and are already receiving interest from both the public and private sectors, from supermarkets and shopping centres, through to bus operators and banks.

“Whereas there are several examples of smaller manufacturers that have turned their attention to making face masks and gowns, our expertise in plastics and polymers and the scale of our international group means we can manufacture more than half a million face shields in a week, helping to address a worldwide shortage.”

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