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Trade bodies seek to understand RPE state-of-play in engineering services

A new survey which aims to establish the availability, cost and use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in engineering services has been launched.

The availability and cost of  RPE and most notably face masks, has become a major issue since coronavirus struck the UK. Tight fitting face masks are necessary to help protect many engineering services workers against a range of occupational respiratory hazards.

The short survey, which is being run by leading engineering services trade bodies ECA, BESA, LEIA and SNIPEF is open to anyone in the engineering services industry and relates to issues around the procurement and use of tight-fitting face masks (such as FFP2 and 3 models), as opposed to surgical masks or general face-coverings.

ECA Director of CSR Paul Reeve commented: “Businesses continue to advise us that it is very difficult to obtain some types of protective masks, or that prices have increased dramatically, since the coronavirus outbreak.
“To further represent this issue effectively to Government and other industry stakeholders, we need to convey data on the extent of any problems that are being encountered. We therefore urge the engineering services industry to complete this short but important survey.”

BESA Director of Member Services Debbie Petford added: “We are urging businesses to take part in this important survey to ensure we have a full view of the scale of this issue across the sector. The difficulties in sourcing RPE and the increase in prices is affecting productivity and margins, and will continue to affect the ability of the sector to bounce back from this pandemic.”  

To take part in the survey click here.

The survey will close at 4pm on Tuesday 23 June.

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