COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, has been spreading around the world despite efforts to contain it. China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy have all taken various steps to quarantine and shut down regions where the spread has been noticeably fast. While many cases have been mild, and seasonal influenza remains a more immediate threat, there’s no doubt that the unknown nature of the coronavirus’s spread, effects, and life span has people worried, with countries trying to keep people safe.
One tactic to reduce the chances of becoming ill is to use protective gear. Face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators and gloves place a barrier between the wearer and external pathogens.
Paulson Manufacturing makes IDC (infectious disease control) face shields and goggles that medical personnel and others can use to reduce the spread of the disease. Due to very high demand, we have ramped up production and are producing 1 million IDC products per month to help supply China and other countries with the protection their healthcare workers need.
Paulson Provides China with Additional Protective Equipment
Chinese officials faced a tough situation: They needed masks and other protective gear, but workers were staying home, and cities were under quarantine—meaning people weren’t getting to work, and companies couldn’t produce enough gear on their own. The solution lay in the existing business relationships with Paulson Manufacturing, which has previously manufactured items like face shields for Chinese industrial workers & first responders. Chinese hospital officials asked chief executive Roy Paulson about manufacturing additional protective face gear to combat the spread of coronavirus.
China had good reason to worry about providing health care workers with protection; they made up a huge percentage of the people who became infected with SARS in 2003. The officials did not want a repeat of that with coronavirus.
Paulson Manufacturing stepped up to the plate and increased production to 10 times our normal capacity, producing goggles and face shields that still met our quality standards. Paulson’s IDC products are now helping medical professionals and staff in China and other countries protect themselves from coronavirus as they help patients.
Paulson Manufacturing Infectious Disease Control PPE
Paulson Manufacturing takes quality and protection seriously. Our IDC face shields & goggles are meant to fit very snugly, yet not form a complete seal. They have an anti-fog coating, allowing the wearer to see clearly without the need to remove them, which could potentially expose the wearer to pathogens in respiratory droplets, splashes, and sprays. The goggles create a highly effective barrier to prevent disease transmission, cutting infections in one study from 34% to 5% of health care workers.
Face shields provide more complete protection as they protect the entire face on the front and sides, rather than just the eyes. If someone wears goggles, they can still end up with pathogen-carrying droplets on their cheeks, for example; however, if they wear a face shield, they protect their entire face from potential exposure. Another advantage to using face shields is that droplets can’t get onto the person’s face by traveling around the edges of the shield. The face shield can also be worn in combination with the goggle underneath.
Protect Yourself with Top-of-the-Line Equipment
Given the unknowns about coronavirus, health care workers need protection that is more than just adequate. China recently announced that some Wuhan patients who had recovered from the virus were still testing positive and would be quarantined upon release from the hospital, which shows just how difficult the fight to contain and stop the spread of the virus may turn out to be.
Paulson Manufacturing is determined to provide excellent protection for workers against coronavirus and other infectious diseases. Contact us for more information about goggles and face shields to protect your employees and contractors as researchers learn more about coronavirus.
As a plastics injection molding company, Paulson Mfg. uses a variety of plastic materials to make products like face shields, goggles, cap brackets and countless other items. Many of our PPE products, including most face shields and goggle lenses, are made from polycarbonate. This plastic material has several benefits, including high impact resistance, high temperature resistance and compatibility with higher quality protective coatings than other plastic materials. Used in arc flash protective face shields for electrical workers, gold coated face shields for steel mill workers, and riot protection shields for law enforcement & military, polycarbonate has proven to be a very reliable material in some of the most extreme environments.
An Introduction to BPA
Polycarbonate contains the now well-known chemical bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA. This industrial chemical has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Without BPA, polycarbonate would not be the versatile material it is – an important tool for lightweight mobility, sustainable building and other major challenges facing us this century. Polycarbonate and BPA as its component have been used safely for more than 50 years, and BPA is one of the most thoroughly examined chemicals.
CA Prop. 65 & BPA Safety
California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The law also requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to these chemicals and designates a clear procedure for adding chemicals to the list. Since it was first published in 1987, the Proposition 65 list has grown to include more than 950 chemicals.
At a public meeting in May 2015, the State of California’s Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) unanimously determined that BPA was clearly shown to cause harm to the female reproductive system. This action added BPA to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals, effective May 11, 2015.
As with other materials, there is some potential for extremely small amounts of BPA to migrate from the material to its surrounding, for example from packaging to food. But if this were to happen, numerous studies show that the quantities are far below any safety-based limits set by relevant government bodies. The low – thus safe – consumer exposure has been reconfirmed just recently by the EFSA.
BPA Risk Exposure from Paulson Mfg. Products
The type of BPA exposure a worker or first responder might have from one of our polycarbonate products would be dermal exposure. In other words, contact with the skin. While there have been numerous government studies on the danger of ingesting BPA, there has not yet been a government study measuring the BPA risk level from dermal exposure. However, most experts agree that the amount of BPA exposure through dermal contact would be far below a level that is considered harmful.
Paulson Mfg. will continue to make world-class “Products to Protect People”™, many of which are made from polycarbonate. As a company dedicated to the safety of those who use our products, we will continue to comply with California Proposition 65 requirements and notify customers of any change in product content.
Contact Us today for more information on polycarbonate or BPA.