Prepping PPE: BMW Group asks repair centres to assess inventories, donate PPE

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— BMW Group Canada is calling on its certified collision repair centres to assess their ability to support the nation’s emergency response by donating any overstocked supplies to local relief efforts. 

On April 6, BMW  issued a letter asking its certified collision repair centres to asses their PPE inventories “with a view of, at some point, donating any discretionary quantities to support the COVID-19 national response at your individual local level.”

The OEM suggests taking action sooner rather than later by offering up unused masks, respirators, gloves, painting suits, safety glasses, masking tape, digital thermometers, disposable wipes and protective foot covers to efforts supporting health care and front line workers in your local community.

The company said the question of pandemic PPE shortages had been raised at its recent certified collision centre forums. Though it does not feel the shortages are in dire straits just yet, the OEM wants to be prepared for such an eventuality.

“We are sure that many of you have been thinking along a similar track,” said the OEM.

For questions, please contact Gary Lin, certified collision program specialist at BMW Group Canada at gary.lin@bmwgroup.ca.

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