CIOB urges contractors to donate PPE to healthcare

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has called on construction firms to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to their local healthcare communities amid international shortages.

For healthcare workers providing treatment to COVID-19 patients, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a medical mask, gown, gloves and eye protection, but there is an international shortage of PPE, particularly masks and respirators.

The UK Government has already appealed to the automotive industry to divert resources and begin manufacturing respirators, while in Europe, luxury goods firms have begun producing surgical masks. In the US, contractors are starting to donate respiratory masks, with professions such as dentistry also donating supplies.

The CIOB said it also wanted to hear any stories from its members who have already successfully loaned or donated protective equipment to local NHS workers.

Caroline Gumble, CEO of the CIOB, said: "As some construction sites temporarily close their doors around the world and adapt the way that they're working, many items of personal protective equipment are becoming available. With healthcare providers experiencing an international shortage in such crucial times, this is an opportunity for the industry to step up and do their part. I know that many CIOB members are already doing this and that, as a community, they are always willing to collaborate, act responsibly and support their wider communities."

Article source: Construction Manager

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