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Rapidly scaling Personal Protective Equipment for the frontlines

Stop the Spread helps many of America’s leading companies harness their production and distribution capabilities to meet the unprecedented demand for PPE.

Rapidly

scaling Personal Protective Equipment for the frontlines

Stop the Spread helps many of America’s leading companies harness their production and distribution capabilities to meet the unprecedented demand for PPE.

Personal Protective Equipment: a critical need

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is foundational to stopping the spread of COVID-19, for frontline healthcare workers, employees in critical jobs, and the general public. The demand for PPE is higher than ever before, and the fastest way to address these sustained shortages is by helping new manufacturers produce these critically needed items.

CASE STUDIES

Here are select opportunities that Stop the Spread helped connect and catalyze:

Brooks Brothers: Addressing the Need for Masks & Gowns

Early in the crisis, Brooks Brothers recognized their factories could play a key role in filling the unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment. Working with Stop the Spread, Brooks Brothers quickly converted its New York, North Carolina and Massachusetts factories from manufacturing ties, shits and suits to making critical masks and gowns. Brooks Brothers is ramping production to 150,000 masks per day, and soon expanding into gowns.

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Adaptive Energy & American Airlines: Scaling Face Shield Production

At the outset of the pandemic, American Airlines recognized they could use the talents of some team members at their Tulsa, OK-based Composite Repair Center—part of the world’s largest commercial aviation maintenance facility—to produce PPE. Meanwhile, Adaptive Energy, a Michigan-based fuel cell company, had pivoted early to manufacture face shields, and built up significant learnings by shifting 90% of production capacity and engineering talent to focus on COVID-19. Adaptive Energy offered to share with other organizations interested in producing PPE. Stop the Spread facilitated a partnership and knowledge sharing between American & Adaptive Energy. American now produces face shields, soon scaling to hundreds of units shipped per week.

Rent the Runway: Connecting Supply with Demand

Rent the Runway identified an opportunity to mobilize their in-house team — with support from other local factories in New York — to produce non-medical face masks for the general public. For every 5 masks purchased from Rent the Runway, RTR is donating 5 masks to at-risk populations through their partnership with Project Renewal. As RTR transitioned part of their operation to produce masks, Stop The Spread stepped in to provide mask production specs and general guidance through the process. STS supported Rent the Runway as they launched their initiative to ensure RTR's PPE donations reach vulnerable and underserved populations.

I Can Help:

Resources for Personal Protective Equipment

PPE Overview

Overview of types of Personal Protective Equipment

Masks Overview

Overview of PPE mask types

Supply Chain Challenges

Overview of supply chain challenges in PPE manufacturing

FDA PPE Requirements

FDA Requirements to Manufacture Face Masks, Face Shields, and Gowns for Medical Use

FDA Enforcement Policy - Face Masks and Respirators

Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

FDA Enforcement Policy - Other PPE

Enforcement Policy for Gowns, Other Apparel, and Gloves During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

Value Chain - N95 Masks

Overview of value chain for N95 Masks

Value Chain - Face Shields

Overview of value chain for PPE Face Shields

Value Chain - Gowns

Overview of value chain for PPE Gowns

Value Chain - Gloves

Overview of value chain for PPE Gloves

CDC NIOSH Study - KN95 Masks

Overview of CDC NIOSH study to assess the filter efficiency of internationally certified respirators

Disinfectant Factbase

Guidelines for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization practice

Full Factbase

Overview of information related to PPE manufacturing

Topic Papers

Guide to Purchasing Non-Medical Masks

What makes for an effective non-medical mask?

PPE Success Framework

How will we know when the PPE crisis has passed?

New suppliers, new buyers

PPE will be a critical component of any return to work plan, but where will your business acquire it?