Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is planning to produce disposable masks for all of its employees around the world. The Republic reports the efforts are part of the company’s safety updates as the coronavirus spreads.
The company says it plans to start distributing the masks to employees on August 1.
“We’ve found that we have seen a lot of success in our multiple-layered approach,” said Dr. Bob Chestnut, medical director of Cummins LiveWell Center. “Part of that has been that the face coverings have been used, and we’re moving in a direction where we’ll be able to produce some face coverings that will actually have some of the Cummins filtering media as part of their construction that we’ll be able to provide to employees to both contain any respiratory droplets as well as prevent inhalation of droplets from others.”
The Republic reports the company intends to produce enough masks for every employee to receive at least two during each shift. Angel Frankin, executive director of employee wellness, compensation and benefits at Cummins, tells the publication the masks will be produced at the Columbus Engine Plant, as well as two other global sites, and include the company’s filtration media.
Cummins has been requiring its employees to wear face masks for about two months.
The publication reports the company has had “very few cases” of people contracting the virus at a Cummins facility since many employees were called back to work after the company reopened its southern Indiana manufacturing plants.
You can read more about the effort from The Republic by clicking here.