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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

BC Manufacturers’ Response to COVID-19 PPE Shortages

Health and safety and industry associations in British Columbia’s manufacturing sector are working together through the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Our organizations are here to support manufacturers and food processors by providing health and safety support and education on how to develop and implement control plans and identify, source, and implement personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect workers and our essential supply chain. 

Who to Contact

BC Food and Beverage

BC Food & Beverage is leading efforts in working with provincial and federal government, member companies, and partners to secure the supply of necessary PPE for the food processing sector.

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Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

Alliance advisors are on call to help manufacturers implement controls, including the PPE they need to protect workers. 

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Canadian Manufacturing and Exporters (CME)

In the manufacturing sector, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is leading efforts to secure the supply of PPE in BC and across the country.

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PPE Sourcing Program

These programs are in place to connect businesses in need with the appropriate personal protective equipment.

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Rapid Reponse Platform

As Canada's industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process.

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Protecting our People Program

BC Food & Beverage has partnered with Evolution Fulfillment, a Vancouver logistics company, to provide Personal Protective Equipment on behalf of the food, beverage and natural health product manufacturing sector, as well as for the seafood and agriculture sectors in British Columbia.

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PPE Suppliers

The following BC and Canadian suppliers have PPE equipment, supplies and components available to purchase.

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Ultra Liquid Labs | Hand Sanitizer

Safe & effective. Ultra Hand Sanitizer is made using 70% Food Grade Alcohol approved by Health Canada. Its quick drying, soothing gel formula keeps hands soft and doesn't dry out or your crack skin. 

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Packright | Face Shield

In response to Covid-19, Packright has begun manufacturing full face shields which are both distortion free and anti-fog. To date, they have shipped more than 22,000 units to fellow manufacturers and food processors in need.

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JHJ Medical | Medical and non-medical face masks

JHJ Medical is a Canadian manufacturing company committed to helping Canadians respond to Covid-19 producing quality medical and non-medical disposable face masks, Health Canada approved, at a competitive price. At JHJ Medical we share the core values of integrity, honesty, and respect; qualities that are fundamental to building the trust of customers and to the longevity of a business. Despite any challenges, we remain committed to our customers, partners, and communities.

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Shelter Point

At Shelter Point Distillery, we’re making use of our experts and facilities to produce an alcohol based hand sanitizer solution, approved for topical use. It has been carefully crafted to follow the strict guidelines of the World Health Organization.

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Distilleries | Hand sanitizer

List of distilleries and craft breweries producing hand sanitizer.

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Williams and White | Face Shield

Williams and White can provide a fast deployment face shields for aid in social distancing, hand sanitizer to eliminate microbes and germs and protective barriers to create separation during face-to-face interactions.

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Kason has reusable face shields available. Lightweight and easy to wear, these face shields are made from food grade plastic. The offset design helps reduce fogging.

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Trimcite | Pacific Imports

Trimcite is a Montreal based trimmings wholesaler who host everything from soft cord; woven; knitted; braided elastics to nose clips to cord stoppers. They are, also, selling large quantities of masks and thermometers. Please call or email for information on supplies for masks and visors such as elastic, cord stoppers, nose wires and clips.

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Novo Textiles | Masks

Novo is being retooled to begin producing up to 100,000 surgical masks a day.

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METHOD | Face Shield

METHOD is producing METHOD FS1 face shields to help protect essential workers from exposure.

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Levitt Safety | PPE Supplies

Levitt Safety has assembled a task force who are scouring the global supply market for sources of critically needed items.

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Phoenix Fire Safety | Masks and Coveralls

Phoenex Fire Life Safety has a variety of ppe products available for purchase including surgical masks, respirators, coveralls and aprons.

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Frequently Asked Questions about PPE

You probably have a lot of questions about COVID-19 and your workplace. We’ll do our best to answer those concerns here.

Can you please provide posters on how to wear and remove masks and gloves?

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We are unable to get certain required items, such as gloves, from our regular suppliers due to shortages. As an essential service, is there a resource we can contact to get some of these supplies?

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Can I use a chemical cartridge when N95 repirators are not available?

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We use N95 masks for dust. Can we replace them with someone else? We would like to send what we have to a hospital.

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How would you recommend testing PPE before providing to employees to ensure quality of the product?

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Is it not safer to have mask mandatory for all plant employees as a preventive action?

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Are dirty coveralls considered a biohazard?

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How often should a face mask be replaced?

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Is it ok to reuse cleanroom coveralls the next day or more in a manufacturing environment if the gown (inside) has already had contact with outside clothes?

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Do N95 masks with a valve keep droplets in? Many studies show they don't because they allow air to flow out.

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What considerations, obligations and guidance do you have for employers when employees come to work with their own PPE (e.g. N95, P100) during COVID-19?

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What should I consider when looking at substitutions for N95 respirator masks?

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What is acceptable PPE if workers have to work closer together than 2 metres?

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What are alternatives when N95 respirator masks are not available?

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Where are N95 repirator masks currently used in BC manufacturing and food processing?

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Is there a recommandation for plant air filter MERV rating?

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At a production/manufacturing company, are N95's mandatory or is any type of mask ok for employees?

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