Health Editor’s Note:
Our hats are off to this manufacturing group! Braskem America had the innovative idea to keep workers at work and not exposed to coronavirus. 40 workers committed to spending 28 days living at the factory. Live-in manufacturing teams who lived in isolation. A perfect process to keep workers from getting infected while working and to prevent carrying COVID-19 to co-workers. Awesome!…..Carol
40 PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS LIVED AT WORK FOR A MONTH MAKING CORONAVIRUS PPE FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
by Jason Lemon/Newsweek
A group of more than 40 workers in Pennsylvania spent 28 days straight working and sleeping at their factory facility to produce vital personal protective equipment (PPE) material for health care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The workers at Braskem America in Delaware County unanimously agreed to stay at the facility for nearly a month, working 12-hour shifts, to produce the necessary supplies, Philadelphia’s ABC 6 Action News reported. During the past four weeks, the workers’ only glimpse of the outside world came from brief drive-by family visits to the facility and from television.
“There’s been a glow in everyone’s eyes,” operations shift supervisor Joe Boyce told ABC 6. “We’re truly honored to be able to give back and support people we will never meet in some way,” he said.
Braskem produces polypropylene, which is key for health care and hygiene products required by medical professionals treating patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The company chose to shift its focus to produce “the most critical grades of homopolymers for nonwovens needed to make N-95 medical face masks and medical protective gear,” according to a news release on its website.