PPE manufacturers aim to handle this tough time.

Are you anxious about how PPE manufacturers and suppliers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? Look no further, as we give you a brief overview of how PPE manufacturers aim to handle this tough time.

The ISEA’s heads, hands, and hearts are working in uniformity to help the United States of America and the rest of the world to get PPE required by their healthcare employees.

The coronavirus pandemic is testing individuals, authorities, industries, supply chains, and governments all around the world like never before. Personal Protective Equipment or PPE manufacturers have been operating continuously to increase the production and availability to meet the unprecedented demand on a global scale.

International Safety Equipment Association or ISEA’s organizations and their labor that make PPEs are working hand-in-hand with the medical teams on the ground. They are striving to increase productivity while facing numerous challenges, fear, and risks, just like the general public.

ISEA is working tirelessly to ensure everyone’s safety, including their own workers during the pandemic. In short, their heads, hands, and hearts are working in uniformity to help the United States of America and the rest of the world to get PPE required by their healthcare employees.

You can also get the latest statements and updates directly from the ISEA website as well.

COVID-19 and the need for PPEs: A discussion

You may ask why there is a PPE shortage; it is such an essential piece of equipment. Additionally, why do we not have an ample amount of PPE in our inventory? Read on for the answer.

Why is PPE short in supply?

The answer is very complicated. To sum it up, no one knew or anticipated a pandemic to strike on a global scale. It was literally a century ago when the last global health crisis struck humanity. So no one was prepared.

Furthermore, due to the disastrous credit crunch in the last decade and the economic climate ever since, the health care sector has adopted a “Just-in-time” supply chain model. It was both due to efficiency and budgetary reasons.

The philosophy was working just fine until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. However, ISEA and other related authorities are working on policy solutions to help subsidize the inventory to increase the production of PPE equipment to meet both domestic and international demands.

Authorities are working on policy solutions to help subsidize the inventory to increase the production of PPE equipment to meet both domestic and international demands.

Are PPEs essential?

Of course – it’s a no-brainer. In fact, in March 2020 The Department of Homeland security declared PPE an “Essential Industry.”

How Is the PPE industry responding?

PPE manufacturers are making a historic effort and contribution to ramp up their PPE production to help our healthcare workers fight coronavirus around the world.

Respirators such as N95 masks received the greatest amount of public and media attention. However, other vital PPE equipment includes: protective garments, face and eye protection gear, gloves, and several other components.

All of the above gear is equally important to protect healthcare workers and professionals in order to perform their duties without fear for their own lives.

ISEA companies are working in partnership with the Federal government, which has already ordered 500 million respirators. These include surgical masks, standard N95s, and surgical N95s. This order will help fill the shortage in the “strategic national stockpile” (SNS) via contract guarantees and vital funding.

Clearing more PPE supplies for use

The worldwide demand for PPE has forced the agencies to take action. They have cleared the broad supply of respirators intended for other industries and redirected it for the use in the medical sector.

The FDA has also issued an “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) to use certain expired and/or disposable N95 respirators. The EUA also applies to some reusable masks and respirators and also for certain respirators of equivalent international standards.

For example, NIOSH has approved all air-purifying respirators. It is to ensure that the healthcare sector can use them as viable alternatives during public health emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

China is also producing disposable filtering facial respirators. However, they are non-NISOH approved. There is an equivalency use chart by the CBD that can provide crucial information about the usage of imported respirators. However, they must come with a label with details of international standards.

China is also producing disposable filtering facial respirators. However, they are non-NISOH approved. There is an equivalency use chart by the CBD that can provide crucial information about the usage of imported respirators.

Addressing the PPE shortfall

As new PPE solutions are emerging, this may confuse or slow down the healthcare sector, such as manufacturers, distributors, and hospitals. However, the FDA is addressing this solution pro-actively.