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Resources for Manufacturers and Businesses interested in Retooling to make PPE

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Suzanne McCrimmon

Suzanne McCrimmon

Director of Business Development

705-743-0777 ext. 2127
Cell: 705-872-6802

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Essential Standards Guidelines for Manufacturers wishing to Retool

Brief description of what’s in this secAs companies look to retool and develop new products to respond to the global demand for medical devices and personal protective equipment, it is critical for the safety of front line workers and patients that product safety remains a priority.  In order to assist companies looking to retool, the Standards  Council of Canada has created a reference guide for government and industry.  The reference guide outlines some of the standards available that may be helpful as well as a list of testing labs.

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Call to Action: Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed.

If you can say yes to the following, we want to hear from you.

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.

Urgent Need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The local community is in need of urgent PPE for frontline workers fighting COVID-19

Peterborough Regional Health Centre

From PRHC: Dear Peterborough and Kawartha Businesses, 

We invite you to play a very important role in the community response to COVID-19.   

We are calling out to request your contributions of important Personal Protective Equipment to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, through our Peterborough PPE drive.

We know your business is likely hit hard by all the change and closures, and we first want to stress that we hope you are safe and have been able to provide safety for your employees.  The next step is for us to share what resources we have, and apply them where they can be of most use.

As you may have heard, as the number of COVID19 cases continue to rise, hospitals are anticipating shortages of various types of medical equipment and supplies.  Without PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) our front line health care workers can not do their essential jobs.  

We ask that you consider whether your business may be able to donate any of the PPE items listed below.  Perhaps you had some in storage, or will have a reduced need for them with closures affecting your workplace.  The Peterborough Regional Health Centre has mobilized to receive donations at their loading dock, Monday to Friday, 7am – 3pm.  Please consider whether you are able to donate these essential items, and positively affect our community efforts at minimizing the damage of the COVID 19 outbreak.

For more information, read what follows, or visit https://theppedrive.com/ and clearly look for the PETERBOROUGH drop off information (the page includes info for other cities as well)

Items being accepted:

  • Protective Gloves, NITRILE ONLY.
    Ear-Loop Masks  (ASTMF2100-11, L2 rating or greater)
  • Ear-Loop Masks with face shield attached
  • N-95 Masks
    Protective Gowns  (AAMI, L2 rating or greater)
  • Face Shields
  • Hand Sanitizer (70% ethanol, or 60% – 70% isopropyl alcohol)

At this time, due to the nature of COVID-19, the hospital is unable to accept donations of:

  • Handmade masks
  • Food/drink for hospital staff (until further notice)

Anyone who wants to contribute to the hospital’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic is encouraged to make a donation to the PRHC Foundation in support of critical investments in lifesaving equipment and technology, and supports for patients and frontline healthcare workers. Donors can also send a special thank you message to PRHC’s doctors, nurses and staff. Visit www.prhcfoundation.ca or call 705-876-5000.

Peterborough Drop off location and information

The Peterborough Regional Health Centre will receive donations of unopened PPE Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm for the coming weeks.  You  may bring your donations to the loading dock,  located at the south side of the building. It can be accessed via Alexander Avenue.  You will see a ramp from the dock which leads to a door.  Please knock.  You will be screened for any symptoms – please stay home if you are displaying any!  And your items will be received.

If you are able to donate supplies, but unable to deliver them yourself, please be in touch with Sarah McGuire at peterboroughppedrive@gmail.com  who may be able to arrange a pick up.

If you have further questions about the drive, or other ways to donate, please be in touch with Meghan Darwin at mdarwin@prhc.on.ca , coordinating from the PRHC’s team.

Take care, stay safe.

With gratitude and community spirit,

Peterborough PPE drive

Good News Stories

Peterborough & the Kawarthas always rallies during difficult trials. Here’s how you can help during this pandemic.

Trent University

Trent University Delivers Large Donation of Personal Protective Equipment to Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Trent is answering the call to combat the spread of COVID-19 and provide support where it is most urgently needed, as departments from across the University came together to deliver a large donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing for frontline healthcare workers at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

Trent’s donation of PPE included several thousand pairs of gloves, coveralls, boot covers, surgical and N-95 masks, and hospital gowns, as well as cases of soap, sanitizer and disinfectant cleaners. With Trent operating with a reduced campus presence, and employees now working remotely, this stock was made available through the collaborative efforts of several departments, including Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, the School of the Environment, and Facilities Management.

“This was an impressive showcase of collaboration at its best – a coordinated effort across multiple departments, all in the interest of protecting public health in our community,” explains Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University.

In addition to the recent donation to PRHC, Trent Health Services also made a donation of testing kits to Peterborough Public Health, all part of the effort to control COVID’s spread in the local community.

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Fleming College Creates Face Shield parts for frontline workers at 3D makerspace in Downtown Peterborough

Black’s Distillery

The Hunter Street East-based handcrafted small-batch spirit maker has made over 600, 243 ml bottles of hand sanitizer, for free.

Black’s owner Robert Black has ordered over 5,000 small bottles to create more hand sanitizer, which has been in short supply locally during this health crisis.

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Complete Retail Solutions

The Peterborough-based retail display and merchandising providers started receiving requests for custom cashier and customer hygiene guards for checkouts.

Complete Retail Solutions designed and produced an affordable safeguard solution to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Kawartha Ethanol Approved to Produce 90,000 litres a day of hand sanitizer

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Treewell Limited Retooled to produce hand sanitizer

‪Good news story! Client Treewell Limited has retooled their facility to produce hand sanitizer shown here for sale at Canadian Tire !!‬

Posted by Community Futures Peterborough on Wednesday, April 8, 2020