ICI contractors and professional engineers respond to urgent need for sanitizing products

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) together with more than 15 construction and design companies have delivered over 2,300 litres of hand sanitizer to frontline workers in Ontario.

It’s a commitment, while Ontario works through these unprecedented events, to provide immediate relief and support to frontline workers battling the COVID-19 crisis.

“Although businesses are starting to open up, there is still a pressing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing products,” said Clive Thurston, outgoing President of the OGCA. “We were able to work with Canadian Liquids Processors and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers to purchase and donate this high-quality, made in Ontario, product.”

Canadian Liquids Processors appreciated what the construction and design industry has experienced, especially frontline workers helping rebuild the economy, Thurston explained.

“As such, this Health Canada approved product is formulated, sized and priced to reflect industrial users’ needs.”

OGCA donated a significant amount of sanitizing products to frontline workers in addition to offering it to OGCA members.

“As contractors, we aim to promote safety excellence among members and within the industry,” Thurston said in a statement.

The retiring OGCA president explained the rationale behind this donation and the previous contribution of 10,000 surgical masks as an extension of the organization’s mandate.

“This donation will allow frontline workers, including those in corrections, shelters, and first responders, to stay safe in their workplace, just like we do on Ontario’s ICI job sites every day.”

OSPE also views its contribution during this crisis as an extension of its mandate to lead, care, and unite. Members have been actively working with industry and government partners to find solutions that will mitigate the health and economic impact of COVID-19 for engineers and the entire construction and design community.

“OSPE continues to work hard on behalf of the engineering community,” said As CEO Perruzza. “In this time of crisis, we believe the leadership that the voice of engineers can provide is more important than ever.”

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