IFC’s work to expand PPE production and availability in developing countries is supported in partnership with the Government of the UK.
Frontline workers are at risk when fighting #COVID19. To protect them, more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves and gowns are needed. How can the textile sector switch productions to produce more PPEs? How to source raw materials or what methods should be used? To answer the questions on going beyond the norm, IFC brought together some global experts to share practical and technical knowledge on switching production.
Sustainability and Circularity in PPE: Exploring Practical Solutions for Manufacturing
Manufacturers in labor intensive industries spoke about how to balance business operations and preserving jobs while reducing health and safety risks to the workforce. What are the additional challenges because of COVID 19? What have we learned? How are manufacturers managing the increased health and safety risks during the pandemic? What challenges remains? Better Work teams around the world have been redeployed to offer support to garment factories and workers on crucial health and safety issues including reopening guidelines, policy advice, and bringing partners together to develop joint responses at the national and international levels.
Growing use of disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the #COVID-19 pandemic has created new waste problems that can have a negative impact on rivers and oceans. The webinar co-sponsored with the UK’s Foreign Office, discusses the global challenge from plastic waste and how to reduce the use of plastic. We were joined by speakers from leading manufacturers who are producing reusable gowns, high-quality fabric masks and PPE from biodegradable materials.