In Aberdeen, SD, Tim Hofer stood in front of a production line that was turning out thousands of 3M N95 respirators. The plant was running around the clock in response to the coronavirus outbreak – and the resulting global demand for respirators. "We know what we have to do, we know we need to keep our numbers up, we know we need to keep ourselves safe, and we need to put out great quality," said Tim, a machine operator in Aberdeen. "And that’s what we’ve come here to do."
Like Tim, 3M employees in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America were on the front lines maintaining operations and producing needed supplies to help others treat and help protect people in the face of the outbreak.The company has donated personal protective equipment and medical supplies, including respirators, surgical masks and hand sanitizer, in affected areas in China, and continues to work with humanitarian aid partners such as Direct Relief and MAP International.
Facility Executive posed several questions recently with Zach Doebler, senior application engineer for 3M, to discuss what facility management teams can address in their cleaning protocols to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other types of viruses.