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Workers volunteered to live in a factory for 28 days to produce millions of pounds of raw PPE materials to make masks and gowns for frontline medical workers

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Forty-three workers at a petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania lived at their workplace for 28 days to produce 40 million pounds of polypropylene, a material used to make hygienic products such as face masks and surgical gowns. The Braskem America employees volunteered to live at the factory to limit exposure to the coronavirus as they made the raw PPE materials for essential workers. One worker told WPVI that despite the apparent burden of not getting to leave your workplace, it offered a sense of security that not many other essential workers have when they go to work. The Pennsylvania plant and another Braskem plant in West Virginia produced 40 million pounds of the raw material over a 28-day period, which alone could be made into 500 million N95 masks or 1.5 billion surgical masks. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Workers at a Pennsylvania petrochemical factory ended a nearly month-long “live-in” at their workplace to produce 40 million pounds of raw PPE material used to make masks and gowns for essential workers.

Forty-three employees at Braskem America in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, volunteered to live in the factory to limit outside exposure to the coronavirus as they made polypropylene, a material used to make hygienic products such as face masks, surgical gowns, disinfectant wipes, and more.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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