The answer is Jack Hartley, editor, RPB Security, Royal Oak, Michigan.
For some operations, removal of hazards through engineering and administrative controls, as well as substitution/elimination, is simply not enough. In these workplaces, alternative safety measures must be implemented, and personal protective equipment is one of the best ways to achieve this.
However, when workplaces rely so heavily on PPE for the safety of their employees, supply chain disruptions can be deeply felt and lead to a host of negative effects that undermine safety, compliance and production. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chains have been disrupted in almost every region of the world. Sea and air freight have slowed dramatically, production times have increased with blockages and reduced operating capacity, materials are increasingly hard to find and, to top it off, demand for PPE has skyrocketed.
So what does this mean for employers who need PPE?
It’s quite simple: they are looking for alternative brands that can deliver on their promises. Safety can’t wait and brand loyalty can’t go any further. With some manufacturers unable to meet orders for up to six months at a time, customers grow weary and start looking elsewhere, looking for a manufacturer who has their best interests at heart. In the United States, “Made in America” has never been more important. It’s a win-win for everyone. If the products are made here, it keeps American workers employed and helps support the economy. “Made in the USA” also means the customer gets a premium product that is built to our governing bodies’ strict safety standards. And, most importantly, products get to those who need them much faster.
In a time of so much uncertainty, being able to rely on a company to deliver on its promises stands out. Looking for companies that are willing to take on the added costs of their production and put people and service above profit, these are the manufacturers customers should look to. Although supply chain disruptions have created many problems, they have caused customers to question the products they use and seek manufacturers who can guarantee supply and who are in fact better aligned with their values and security needs.
Editor’s note: This article represents the independent opinions of the author and should not be construed as an endorsement by the National Security Council.