Given the pressing shortage of crucial protective equipment, West Fraser’s mills are answering the call to donate as much as possible to those protecting the lives of others.
West Fraser’s mills have donated 1,000 N95 masks to British Columbia’s Northern Health Authority and Alberta Health Services. These donations are being made to help address the pressing needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Right now, we all need to do what we can. We hope these additional masks make a difference to those that need them to protect lives,” says Keith Carter, Vice-President of Pulp and Energy Operations. “We have a responsibility to do everything we can to help meet our communities’ most vital health care needs. We all rely on healthcare workers and first responders, and we are proud to do what we can to help keep them safe.”
In donating the masks to the health authorities, they can distribute them to where they are needed most. The N95 masks are used in some of West Fraser’s facilities to meet operational health and safety requirements. Mills have reviewed their requirements and facilities in Williams Lake, Slave Lake and Quesnel have donated N95 mask supplies that can be made available to help meet health care needs.
West Fraser’s mills in the U.S. South have also been making donations of N95 masks, safety glasses and nitrile gloves to medical facilities including the Newberry Hospital and the East Alabama Medical Centre.