Construction contractors urged to donate PPE to the NHS
A partnership of contractors in the construction industry has offered to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS to help in the effort against the coronavirus.
Contractors De Group and Cantillion are coordinating the effort to donate, overalls, masks, gloves and glasses to NHS emergency staff and charities assisting vulnerable people.
Paul Ford, the De Group chairman, said:
“Cantillon and De Group are pulling together their resources to reach out to our competitors, peers and partners to seek quantities of excess masks, overalls, glasses and gloves.”
He said that the emergency services and the NHS indicated that they will be glad to receive PPE to use themselves or give to vulnerable groups. Ford believes that contributions from construction firms can help to save lives by protecting key workers from the coronavirus.
Though many businesses within the hospitality and leisure industries are closed, construction companies and other businesses are open. The government has issued guidance for businesses and their employees on how to protect workers from the coronavirus. This is posted on the gov.uk website.
The coronavirus crisis will probably cause construction site delays. Permits could take longer to be issued due to staff shortages and there could be fewer workers available if many of the workforce and subcontractors have to self-quarantine.