The CBI is bringing together businesses of all sizes to address the PPE shortages facing the NHS, social care providers and the organisations keeping the country moving. Masks, gowns, disposable gloves and eye protection are needed by doctors, carers and key workers alike.
Read this page to:
- Learn what you can do if your business is struggling to access PPE
- Understand how your business can support the NHS (ideal for companies able to provide large amounts of PPE)
- Find out how your business can support key workers and other organisations (ideal for small to medium sized suppliers and manufacturers)
1. Is your business struggling to access PPE?
Is yours one of the many organisations across the UK struggling to access the PPE it needs to keep Britain moving? From delivery drivers to those working in warehouses and on shop floors: key workers need access to the right equipment to keep them safe.
Here's what you can do
1. Connect with PPE suppliers on the PPE Exchange
Free to join and free to use, the PPE Exchange allows organisations to register their urgent PPE requirements on a national database where it can be matched with suppliers looking for buyers.
2. Tell us what demand you are facing
Our team are working to understand the extent of the challenge facing UK businesses on PPE demands. Whatever your size, whatever your sector, whatever demand you are facing – we want to hear from you. Details like numbers and product type are helpful wherever possible.
2. Support the NHS and social care sectors
Because of the high demand for PPE equipment in the NHS and care sectors, as well as the incredible response from the business community to offer help – the government is focusing on those firms able to provide large quantities of PPE equipment. If you’re a smaller supplier or manufacturer, skip to section 2 to find out how you can help.
If you think you can help, follow these three steps
1. Understand the technical and regulatory standards
The manufacture of PPE is governed by product safety legislation. These regulations have been changed to assist the accelerated delivery of PPE.
2. Understand the health and safety requirements
The Office for Product Safety and Standards has produced new guidance for businesses changing their processes to make high volumes of PPE to protect users from COVID-19.
3. Tell the cabinet office how you can help
The government have created an online form to make it simple for businesses to highlight where they can help.
3. Support key workers and other organisations
There are huge numbers of frontline organisations working to keep the UK fed and the economy moving that are facing severe PPE shortages. From care homes to bakers, these shortages threaten their ability to operate, with demand only set to increase as restrictions ease.
How can you help?
Work with other businesses to meet long-term demand
The CBI is working to bring together businesses that can help, from those sourcing products or raw materials to those that supporting manufacturing. We have put together working groups to bring together suppliers and manufacturers around key areas of need:
- Materials (gowns, body bags)
- Eye protection
The aim of this new working group is to:
- Create links between businesses that can supply PPE with those that need it
- Inform the CBI of supply and demand for PPE from businesses
- Identify shared challenges that business can address together or with support from the CBI
- Support the CBI’s policy response and advice to government, including challenges that need addressing before an economic restart.
The group will meet regularly via Microsoft Teams. To become a member, or for more information please get in touch.
Help meet short-term supply issues
Free to join and free to use, the PPE Exchange is a matching service that enables organisations to request and offer PPE to meet urgent supply issues.