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Protecting people and planet


Cromwell Polythene’s Managing Director, James Lee, highlights the protective role of plastics in healthcare hygiene.


The importance of hand hygiene and frequent cleaning of work areas has been emphasised during the coronavirus crisis. This is particularly vital in healthcare settings, where the highest standards of infection control and prevention are required. Plastic packaging is playing a crucial, protective role in these hygiene requirements.


Care and protect


It’s essential that both NHS and care staff, who work so hard to protect us, have access to the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to help prevent the spread of infection. Our Wave range of disposable gloves are suitable for the healthcare sector, as well as for the cleaning sector, food service and production, and waste management, amongst others.


The gloves are both latex and powder free, helping to minimise the occurrence of skin irritation. They provide the comfort and performance attributes of latex, but at a lower cost and without the allergy issues with which the material is often associated.


Options available include a blue nitrile examination glove which has strong barrier properties and high resistance to oils, fats, and chemicals; synthetic examination gloves; and vinyl general purpose gloves.


The gloves are packed in a way that they are dispensed ‘cuff first’, which has clear hygienic advantages, helping to minimise contamination of equipment or the environment. They have been tested in accordance with European PPE Directive 89/686/EEC (cat1) low risk. The synthetic and vinyl gloves conform to European Standard EN555 (part 1 and 2) and EN374 (part 2 and 3). All three types of glove meet EN420, EN388 and ISO 13485 and ISO 9001.


The Wave range also includes water-soluble strip laundry bags for the safe containment of soiled linen. They incorporate a water-soluble seal and a tie string for securing the bags. The strip and tie part of the bag dissolve in water allowing the contents to discharge into the wash. The bag is taken out with the laundry and can be recycled. We also supply other forms of PPE such as aprons, and protective plastic sheeting for receptions and other areas of work.


Waste management


It is of crucial importance for infection prevention and control that healthcare waste is segregated appropriately. Our healthcare range includes refuse sacks, wheeled bin


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liners, tiger stripe sacks for deep landfill of offensive/ hygiene waste, yellow sacks certified to UN standards for incineration of hazardous waste and orange UN standard sacks for alternative treatment of infectious and potentially infectious waste at a licensed or permitted facility.


Plastic is incredibly versatile and, today more than ever, is a lifesaving material, helping healthcare teams safeguard themselves and others from the risk of infection. Responsibly produced plastic can have a high recycled content (up to 100%) and can be reprocessed many times, not only saving virgin material but associated energy as well, helping to protect people and planet.


www.cromwellpolythene.co.uk Making donations


Cromwell’s manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making PPE for the NHS.


The film, manufactured at the Alfreton-based facility, will be made into approximately 5000 disposable plastic gowns for Southampton General hospital.


A network of businesses and individuals based in Lymington, Hampshire, have been pooling skills and resources during the coronavirus crisis to create thousands of items of protective gear for carers and NHS workers. This philanthropic partnership includes ‘New Forest Sewing’ for the NHS group, which sews scrub bags and PPE.


A number of marine-based companies in Lymington are also involved in this partnership. Family-run company Sanders Sails has been making a range of PPE and scrub bags using its in-house laser technology, and has set up a fundraising campaign.


https://www.facebook.com/donate/170644834196296/?fundraiser_source=external_url (http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/becton-rotary


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