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US 3M response to Defense Production Act order

Saturday, 4 April 2020 10:04:28 am Australia/Perth

Friday, April 3, 2020 6:50 am CDT

3M issued the following statement in response to the announcements issued by the White House last evening:

Over the last several weeks and months, 3M and its employees have gone above and beyond to manufacture as many N95 respirators as possible for the U.S. market. Yesterday, the Administration formally invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) to require 3M to prioritize orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for our N95 respirators.

We have been working closely with the Administration to do exactly that, and we appreciate the authorities in the DPA that provide a framework for us to expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis. We look forward to working with FEMA to implement yesterday’s order.

In the course of our collaboration with the Administration this past weekend, the Administration requested that 3M increase the amount of respirators we currently import from our overseas operations into the U.S. We appreciate the assistance of the Administration to do exactly that. For example, earlier this week, we secured approval from China to export to the U.S. 10 million N95 respirators manufactured by 3M in China.

The Administration also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets. There are, however, significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators. In addition, ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done. If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease. That is the opposite of what we and the Administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek.

We also continue to act on reports of price gouging and unauthorized reselling related to 3M respirators. This activity is unethical and illegal. We are working with the U.S. Attorney General and attorneys general of every state, making it clear that 3M has not and will not raise prices for respirators and offering our assistance in the fight.

We look forward to working closely with the Administration to implement yesterday’s DPA order. We will continue to maximize the amount of respirators we can produce on behalf of U.S. healthcare workers, as we have every single day since this crisis began.

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3M Technical Bulletin

Filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), which are sometimes called disposable respirators, are subject to various regulatory standards around the world. These standards specify certain required physical properties and performance characteristics in order for respirators to claim compliance with the particular standard. During pandemic or emergency situations, health authorities often reference these standards when making respirator recommendations, stating, for example, that certain populations should use an "N95, FFP2, or equivalent" respirator.

This document is only intended to help clarify some key similarities between such references, specifically to the following FFR performance standards:

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COVID-19: 3M Product Availability Update

Friday, 27 March 2020 3:41:22 pm Australia/Perth

European Union Export Restrictions and 3M Product Availability Update re: 2019 Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

Dear Valued Customer,

On March 15th, the European Union introduced export authorization requirements for exports of certain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) outside of the European Union in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The regulation is (EU) 2020/402 and is initially effective for a six-week period but could be extended. This regulation will be enacted by each country’s customs authority which will establish a process for receiving export licenses from EU to other countries.

This new regulation will likely impact 3M’s ability to supply certain Personal Protective Equipment sourced from our manufacturing operations in the European Union to customers in non-European Union countries.

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Eye Protection for Infection Control by 3M

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 8:33:08 am Australia/Perth

Eye Protection for Infection Control

US CDC/NIOSH Recommendations

The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has provided the following information concerning the use of goggles, face shields, safety glasses, and full face respirators for infection control purposes in their publication Eye Protection for Infection Control.

CDC/NIOSH recommends eye protection for a variety of potential occupational exposure settings where workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases via ocular (eye) exposure. Eye protection is intended to provide a barrier to infectious materials entering the eye and is often used in conjunction with other personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, and respirators.

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3M Coveralls Protective Apparel

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 11:22:43 am Australia/Perth

Differential Permeation. Applied to returning you home safely.

Science has the power to change the world, solve the toughest problems and shape the future. But science is just science, until you apply it to something. Make it do something, change something. No one knows this better than 3M. The average person uses 3M science many times a day and doesn’t even know it. But it is everywhere, supporting 46 separate technology platforms and continuously driving our innovations. No other company uses science like we do. That’s 3M Science. Applied to life.™

At 3M we have a select and high quality range of Coveralls, which provide protection against many hazards. The 3M range of Protective Apparel offers a variety of features, from the use of fabrics with specialist treatments for enhanced wear and added protection, to breathable back panels for increased comfort. Our experts can work closely with you, to help you identify hazards and best protect your workers against them.

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Coronavirus fears for up to 40 people after Gold Coast beautician contracts disease

Saturday, 29 February 2020 12:00:00 am Australia/Perth

Gold Coast coronavirus case is a beautician recently returned from Iran

A 63-year-old woman has been put into isolation on the Gold Coast after testing positive to coronavirus.

On Saturday it was revealed the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia has increased by two to 25, including the Queensland woman.

The beautician saw up to 40 people at a Southport salon on Thursday before she started to develop symptoms and went home.

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Coronavirus pandemic inevitable says Scott Morrison

Thursday, 27 February 2020 3:04:30 pm Australia/Perth

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved Australia into pandemic mode, as the coronavirus spreads to 42 countries across the world.

“We’re effectively operating now on the basis that there is one, a pandemic,” Morrison said, declaring the government was now activating its emergency plan.

Watch the video here

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Which facial hairstyle allows the masks to be more effective

Wednesday, 26 February 2020 2:10:53 pm Australia/Perth

Men's beards could render face masks useless, health authorities warn - one surprisingly comprehensive graphic reveals why 'walrus' is fine but 'mutton chops' won't do

  • Sales of medical face masks are spiking around the world amid an outbreak of a new type of coronavirus, although experts say they’re not the most effective form of protection.
  • A graphic from the CDC helps explains which facial hairstyle allows the masks to be more effective – and it’s very thorough.

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Respirator Fact Sheet

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 3:27:38 pm Australia/Perth

What You Should Know in Deciding Whether to Buy Escape Hoods, Gas Masks, or Other Respirators for Preparedness at Home and Work

Respiratory protection is effective only if:

  • the correct respirator is used,
  • it’s available when you need it,
  • you know when and how to put it on and take it off, and
  • you have stored it and kept it in working order in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
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3M Product Availability Update: P2 Respirators

Monday, 3 February 2020 11:55:54 am Australia/Perth

Dear Valued 3M Channel Partner,

As previously communicated, 3M is seeing very high demand for respiratory protection products due to the outbreak of a newly identified novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In response, 3M is increasing respirator production and is working with 3M authorized channel partners to help ensure they have inventory to meet end-user demand. We remain committed to the balanced distribution of product so that your domestic industrial customers can receive the 3M respiratory protection products they have chosen to rely on to help facilitate their day-to-day operations.

3M P2 Respirators Update

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