Prime Minister Trudeau spoke about the order for over 30,000 ventilators to be manufactured in Canada. The priority is to keep front line workers safe. The Government (and provinces) are accepting donations and other ideas, BUT the equipment must meet Canadian Standards.
Members are showing CKCA examples of face shield designs and we commend you for your efforts to help in this crisis. We encourage members to consider the following:
Medical protective equipment must meet Canadian Standards.
It is very IMPORTANT you first seek approvals of your design and manufacturing process BEFORE you start advertising and producing your product in quantity.
We need equipment on the front lines in health care, that is the priority.
Health care workers need access to trusted sources of product that has been vetted through appropriate Canadian channels.
In addition, supply chains are strained and plastics used for protective gear will be in high demand. Please DO NOT stockpile face shield type plastics unless you have been approved as a seller of your product to the healthcare community.