News Updates on Meeting Covid-19 Needs
DuPont Launches #TyvekTogether
A new program from DuPont, #TyvekTogether, aims to increase the overall availability of Tyvek personal protective garments in the company’s continued efforts to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect health care workers. At full capacity, this initiative could deliver 6 million additional non-surgical isolation gowns per month by enabling others to join us in protecting even more frontline responders.
“There’s a critical need for protective apparel, and we believe that working with other companies to convert their existing cut-and-sew manufacturing capacity to protective garment fabrication is the fastest way to protect more people,” said John Richard, Vice President & General Manager of DuPont Safety Solutions. “Our dedicated employees around the world are working 24/7 to make more Tyvek material and patterns available to more organizations, working together to protect those who are protecting us.”
DuPont has invested in equipment and technology to significantly increase its production of Tyvek and Tychem garments globally. Since January the company has increased production of Tyvek garments by more than 9 million garments per month specifically for COVID-19 response, which is more than double the amount produced for any prior crisis.
The #TyvekTogether Program will introduce a new specialized Tyvek fabric to enable an increase in the amount of garment production for the COVID-19 response to 15 million garments a month.
Additionally, DuPont will donate more than 57,000 Tyvek coveralls directly to the states in the U.S. that are most impacted by COVID-19.
Free AATCC Test Methods
AATCC has made available Test Method TM42 Test Method for Water Resistance: Impact Penetration and TM127 Test Method for Water Resistance: Hydrostatic Pressure. These methods are offered at no cost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The methods are available as a download from the website: https://www.aatcc.org/testing/methods/