UK-based food-to-go packaging manufacturer Rapid Action Packaging (RAP) is using it’s production line to manufacture disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) face shields.

The company has a target capacity of up to ten million units per week, with the first 65,000 to be distributed for free to care UK and Ireland care homes.

The face shields are intended to be used by health support workers, cleaners, teaching staff, and retail workers. They are made out of a protective film and provide a barrier against airborne moisture and spray, such as through coughing and sneezing.

RAP CEO Graham Williams said: “As award-winning designers and manufacturers we felt, like many others, that it was absolutely critical for us to step up and join the national effort to help deliver the Government’s PPE plan.

“With the difficult challenges being faced by the care sector, we also felt it only fitting that we started our PPE journey with a donation of face shields to the industry.”

The face shields are being manufactured at RAP’s Ireland facility.

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