Outdoor clothing maker turns factory over to PPE production
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Iconic UK-based fly fishing and lifestyle apparel manufacturer, Barbour, is supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) to local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts as part of the NHS’s efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company started working with the first hospital in the UK to treat patients suffering from the virus in January when it started making a quantity of disposable gowns.
This week it has moved to a larger-scale production of gowns and scrubs for local medical care workers on the frontline.
Barbour Chairman, Dame Margaret Barbour, said: “Everyone has a role to play in fighting COVID-19 and I wanted my daughter, Helen, and I to play our part in turning our factory over to produce PPE product for the NHS.
“Our staff welfare is our most important priority and we have undertaken a strict risk assessment to ensure we adhere to social distancing and that they are fully protected whilst undertaking this important role. I am grateful to my staff for their overwhelming support.
“The factory, where we normally make our classic wax jackets, is no stranger to adaptation. During both World Wars we turned it over to make military garments to assist the war effort. We are pleased once again to make a difference and this time support the NHS.”