Staff at University Technical College Norwich (UTCN) have been using the school’s specialist equipment to make plastic face shields for both health workers and local business employees to keep them safe during the current COVID19 pandemic.
UTCN was set up specifically to develop tomorrow’s engineering and technology specialists, and so has a wealth of technical knowledge and ability within its walls, and this week, the 1500th face shield came off the classroom-based production line.
UTCN Head of Engineering, David Atwell said:
“As a technical school we have been fortunate enough to be able turn our fully equipped workshop into a temporary face shield production facility. Many of our staff have friends and relatives working in the NHS and care sectors, so we are aware of the pressures and issues they are facing.
“Whilst they are not medically graded, the face shields offer a layer of protection against potential infections for medical and care staff at a time when obtaining PPE is very problematic.
“We have taken every step possible to ensure that the face shields are suitable and safe to use. All staff have followed strict social distancing guidelines as well as wearing their own PPE. The face shields have been sanitised and assembled in a hygienically deep cleaned room.
“It has been great for our team to make this contribution, and when our students return, it will be yet another example of the important role scientists and engineers play in society.”