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1TcA launches new British made sustainable and reusable face masks and snoods enhanced by HeiQ viroblock technology



ake UK, the manufacturers' organisation, welcomes the introduction of new 'flexible furlough' arrangements from 1 July, which offer financial and

operational benefits, but highlights areas where employers must take particular care.To guide them on their way, Make UK has created a free new letter template, to help employers agree flexible furlough with employees as they move towards recovery. “Flexibility is helpful, but implementing new flexible furlough arrangements,

which allow employees to return to work on a part-time basis, will not necessarily be straightforward.” says Sara Meyer, Principal Legal Adviser at Make UK. “Make UK’s legal and HR experts have been tracking the furlough scheme

washable face masks and snoods manufactured using GRS fabric woven from recycled waste plastic and treated with HeiQ Viroblock technology. 1TcA working in collaboration with


sustainability driven business Project Plan B, were aware of the risk of face coverings acting as vectors for viruses and bacteria. Before, during and after use there is a risk of fabric contamination and the transfer of pathogens to and from the surface of the face masks: when putting them on and taking them off, during disposal and when touching the mask whilst wearing or during adjustment of the fit. The addition of HeiQ Viroblock technology makes the fabric resistant to harmful microbes. HeiQ Viroblock is one of the first

textile finishing technologies that have been successfully tested against the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, SARS-CoV-2, in the laboratory, using the Viral Stability and Persistence test method. Fabrics and textiles treated with HeiQ Viroblock are resistant to microbes, germs, viruses and bacteria. It inhibits the persistence and growth of viruses and bacteria on the fabric and is a combination of HeiQ’s specially engineered antimicrobial silver technology and a vesicle technology. The silver releases silver-ions to kill the bacteria and inhibit their growth. HeiQ Viroblock is certified


aunched by 1TcA are British made reusable, sustainable and

as safe and sustainable as all its ingredients are cosmetic grade, bio-based and recycled. 1TcA masks and snoods not only

tackle the issue of cross contamination and help protect the end user from viruses/ germs/ bacteria but are also environmentally friendly. The treatment on the face covering lasts for up to 30 washes at energy saving 30°C. The fabric offers durability and has a soft touch and is comfortable for end users to wear for extended periods of time. The expected life span of these products is approximately 1 year. The team at 1TcA: One Thought

Changes All, consists of 3 professional mothers who enlisted support from the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) to help facilitate the launch of this project. All net profits from the sales of 1TcA face coverings will go towards funding sustainable charity development projects in the UK and globally. Founder of 1TcA commented: “Our

durable and reusable face coverings offer an ethical and environmentally sound solution to worker protection. I consider it my moral obligation to help protect end users from Covid-19, as well as helping to reduce the environmental impact caused by wide scale use of disposable face masks.” 1TcA face masks and snoods are

available immediately for procurement.


since its inception, guiding employers through its complexities on a daily basis. Our original furlough letter template has been downloaded over 125,000 times and our advisers have answered more than 10,000 COVID-19 related calls.” The Make UK policy team are in constant communication with the Government,

enabling it to represent employers’ views and make a genuine difference to how they get back to business. This has included successfully lobbying for the introduction of flexibility into the furlough scheme.

Construction workers depressed and suicidal after contractual issues


alf of SME construction businesses (50 per cent) say that their employees have suffered health issues due to late or unfair payment

issues, according to a new YouGov survey commissioned by ECA and BESA. The construction sector fared badly compared to 11 other sectors of the

economy surveyed, including manufacturing, real estate, and healthcare. Overall, construction was the second worst for health issues caused by payment and contractual issues, after the legal sector (53 per cent). Decision-makers at SME construction businesses reported the following

mental health issues, due to issues such as late payment and mid-contract changes to terms; Four in 10 (40 per cent) say employees suffered from stress, Almost one in five (18 per cent) say employees suffered from depression, Around one in six (17 per cent) say employees suffered anxiety and /or panic attacks, Three per cent say employees had suicidal thoughts, and; One per cent say employees had attempted suicide. Rob Driscoll, ECA director of legal and business, and a member of the CLC

coronavirus contractual taskforce, said: “These findings are a shocking, if unsurprising, reflection of the widespread mental health issues across the construction industry caused by poor contractual and payment practices. “The construction sector could well face a spike in further cases of

conditions such as depression and anxiety due to the impacts of coronavirus and the lockdown. The Construction Leadership Council has though laid out a blueprint for industry to improve collaboration and mitigate contractual issues and we urge businesses to follow this lead.” Debbie Petford, BESA Director of legal and commercial said: “These

sobering statistics show our industry was already facing a huge mental health crisis before the Covid-19 pandemic placed additional and unforeseen pressures on the payment landscape. We know that poor and unfair payment practices only perpetuate the mental health issues facing employers and employees

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