Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Trump Calls Companies to Donate Masks

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Comment | More

In taking steps to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has requested that U.S. construction companies donate their safety mask inventory to hospitals and health care facilities currently experiencing shortages.

The announcement came March 17, during a White House press conference.

"We would make one specific request, and that is we would urge construction companies to donate their inventory of N95 masks to your local hospital and forgo additional orders of those industrial masks," said Vice President Mike Pence.

AnanR2107 / Getty Images

In taking steps to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has requested that U.S. construction companies donate their safety mask inventory to hospitals and health care facilities currently experiencing shortages.

In addition to Pence’s statement, legislation is currently being passed around in Congress that includes N95 liability protections for companies that manufacture and sell masks, as the masks are reported to be just as acceptable for healthcare workers in avoiding the inhalation of a respiratory disease.

According to 13 News Now, the single-use N95 masks are designed to filter 95% of airborne particles. In heading the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Pence also visited N95 mask manufacturer, 3M, in Minnesota, to discuss increased production.

However, in response to the Administration’s request, Brian Turmail, spokesperson for Associated General Contractors, reported that the organization would be reaching out to the White House for a better understanding of Pence’s statement.

“We want to know if that is official policy or an off-the-cuff remark. We want to know how serious a request this is before we ask construction workers to fork over their livelihood. They obviously wouldn’t be able to work without those masks,” he said.

Chris Shank, education director at the Painting Contractors Association has been reported by the Engineering News-Record to feel similarly, stating that some PCA members are concerned about the lack of protection and believe some contractors could be hoarding supplies.

“There is some concern from our business owners saying, ‘let’s to not overreact,’” Shank said. “We need to make sure there is enough to go around.”

As a result of the depleting supplies and upon Pence’s request, 3M reports that it has increased its production from five days a week to working around the clock.

Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams add that while the masks have been requested for various medical facilities, the average American does not need to buy a mask and should revert from purchasing so that they can become available to medical professionals.

Recent Industry Postponements

In taking further health and safety protection measures, various industry-related conferences and events have been postponed or cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

At the beginning of the month, Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis announced that it would be postponed for several months. According to PaintSquare Daily News, the event will now take place from Saturday, Aug. 29 (preview 27-28) through Sunday, Nov. 29, instead of from May 23, through Nov. 29, as previously announced.

The following week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.

And on Monday (March 16), the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced in an emailed press release that the CSHA Painters Competition would be postponed until further notice.

   

Tagged categories: Construction; Contractors; COVID-19; Government; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; President Trump; Safety

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.


Advertisements
 
SAFE Systems, Inc.

 
DeFelsko Corporation

 
WEFTEC Show

 
Sauereisen, Inc.

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us