The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is urging the construction industry to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to local healthcare facilities amid global shortages in the fight against coronavirus.
For healthcare workers providing treatment to Covid-19 patients, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a medical mask, gown, gloves and eye protection, but there is an international shortage of PPE, particularly masks and respirators.
The UK government has already appealed to the automotive industry to divert resources and begin manufacturing respirators, while in Europe, luxury goods firms have begun producing surgical masks.
In the US, contractors are starting to donate respiratory masks, with professions such as dentistry also donating supplies.
The CIOB also welcomes any stories from members who have already successfully loaned or donated protective equipment to local NHS workers.
Caroline Gumble, CEO of the CIOB, said: "As some construction sites temporarily close their doors around the world and adapt the way that they’re working, many items of personal protective equipment are becoming available.
"With healthcare providers experiencing an international shortage in such crucial times, this is an opportunity for the industry to step up and do their part. I know that many CIOB members are already doing this and that, as a community, they are always willing to collaborate, act responsibility and support their wider communities."
The CIOB has been working closely with many other industry bodies, including the Construction Leadership Council and Build UK, to offer consistent and timely advice during the coronavirus crisis.
Daily updates can be found on the Build UK web site and via the CIOB’s magazine, Construction Manager. The latest update includes further advice on donating PPE.Â
Image: In the US, contractors are starting to donate masks (Â© Wave Break Media Ltd/Dreamstime)