Nippon Paint enters personal protective equipment market in India amid COVID-19 pandemic
NEW DELHI, NNA – Major Japanese paint maker Nippon Paint Holdings Co. has begun supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) in India amid growing concerns over hygiene and safety in the paint industry as COVID-19 spreads.Nippon Paint (India) Pvt. Ltd., its local affiliate, has joined forces since last month with local original equipment manufacturing partners to sell hand sanitizers, face masks and gloves under "Medi-Fresh" brand through its 4,000 dealers across the country, a Nippon Paint Holdings spokeswoman told NNA.The Indian arm expects rising demand for PPE for paint workers, she said....
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WAEC appeals for PPE ahead of WASSCE 2020
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appealed to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, State Governments and corporate organisations for funds to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for manpower that would conduct the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) starting August 3.WAEC Nigeria Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said at a briefing on Tuesday that it would need more supervisors and invigilators for the examination kitted with appropriate PPE, the cost of which was not captured in the budget for the examination.Lamenting the e...
Start your engines
It has been a tumultuous first quar- ter for the luxury car industry. While 2020 began with carmakers preening ambitious plans for co-branded speedboats and luxury residences, in a matter of weeks they retooled their production lines to instead manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) and machines to support the efforts to combat the Covid-19 virus.Early in April, as the virus began to accelerate, Jaguar Land Rover started man- ufacturing 3D-printed visors at its Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon. Those visors were dispatched to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).Towards th...
High street to PPE: Bangladesh garment makers turn virus gloom into boom
Savar (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Facing ruin as orders from Western brands collapsed in the coronavirus pandemic, many Bangladeshi garment factories have been given a lifeline with orders to make protective masks, gloves and gowns for export.Nonetheless, hundreds of thousands of workers who used to work in export-oriented apparel factories in the South Asian country remain jobless despite the new orders and some recovery in Western markets.At factories in the industrial town of Savar just north of Dhaka, thousands of workers are now working eight-hour shifts, six days a week, making personal protect...
Will we have to pay coronavirus surcharges to businesses as they reopen? Is that legal?
New Jersey businesses are coping with how to reopen amid state regulations during the coronavirus pandemic.Part of the new challenge is the cost of PPE — personal protective equipment — such as masks and gloves. Higher expenses for cleaning supplies and services is another new fee companies are facing.So who should pay for it all? Is it just the cost of doing business during a health crisis?Some companies have started charging a surcharge for PPE while others are charging higher prices for goods and services, in essence passing the cost on to the customer.Exactly how widespread these charges a...
Trump Admin Left Colorado Floundering for PPE Amid COVID Crisis
Internal Emails Obtained by Accountable.US Reveal “No Transparency, No Communication”* with Colorado Officials by Trump Administration amid COVID\-19 Crisis*Q1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreWASHINGTON, D.C. – Internal emails obtained by government watchdog Accountable.US reveal new instances of chaos and mismanagement by the Trump administration in its communication with states desperate for medical equipment during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The records, procured through the group’s 50 States Open Records Project, include communications between Colorado emergenc...
All nations must guarantee PPE for health workers
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently told aid organisations running international programmes financed by the agency that it will not fund the purchase of personal protective equipment — filter and surgical masks, medical gloves and gowns, etc. This announcement turns the slogan ‘America First’ into ‘America Only’ as, at a time of equipment shortages, it is no longer just a question of requisitioning supplies and US companies’ production lines to fulfil domestic requirements, but also preventing international humanitarian organisations dependent on US fund...
PPE fraudsters milking Covid-19 crisis
Johannesburg - The Gauteng Health Department has urged personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers to be vigilant after fraudsters masquerading as officials ripped off suppliers.Last month, the government called on local suppliers to provide PPE to help cover the shortage. The items in urgent need included protective eye-wear, surgical gloves, masks and clinical alcohol-based cleaning disinfectants, and suppliers were urged to be vigilant of would-be scammers.The provincial Health Department issued a caution to suppliers yesterday to be on the lookout for scammers masquerading as department ...
Woman takes out $660K home loan to give PPE to coronavirus warriors
Dressed in navy blue scrubs, the health care worker stepped into the sunny parking lot of Newark’s Saint Michael’s Medical Center on Wednesday and stood on line with dozens of her colleagues to pick up free PPE and get a break from a hectic day inside the hospital.“Thank you so much. We just finished coding,” the employee told Rhonda Roland Shearer, a New York City sculptor and philanthropist who founded Cut Red Tape 4 Heroes, a nonprofit that gives much needed personal protective equipment to hospital workers.Shearer nodded in her pink sun hat, empathizing with the woman.“They’re professional...
Quarantine is out–aircrew to wear PPE, say new protocols
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has released new COVID-19 public-health protocol that will require air crew operating international flights to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).Until this new update, crews operating international flights were quarantined for 14 days upon return to Nigeria.Daily Trust reports that this has been the practice since the COVID-19 crisis started when crews of Nigerian carriers operating chartered humanitarian flights were subjected to mandatory 14-day quarantine.However, the new protocol has scrapped the practice but the crews would be made to u...