Every day, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, ILC Dover employees manage rigid workplace safety restrictions and work long hours to deliver critical products that protect healthcare providers from infectious disease, enable pharmaceutical customers to deliver critical drugs and help the US provide security to our nation.
“Our staff at ILC Dover is doing everything they can to help healthcare workers do their job effectively and safely,” said President and CEO Fran DiNuzzo. “Personal protection has been an ILC Dover watchword for more than 70 years. What has changed is the demand for the products. We are ramping up personal protective equipment (PPE) production to over 30 times what it was last year. The ILC Dover team has stepped up to this challenge with a determination and spirit that is synonymous with our culture.”
In the face of exceptional demand and supply chain challenges, ILC Dover identified its respirator hood supply would not allow them to meet the demands of the healthcare market. Responding to this issue, the company’s research and development team designed a new powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) hood for workers on the frontline of the pandemic. Doug Durney, PPE product line director at ILC Dover, explained that the EZ BioHood™ is manufactured in-house at ILC Dover headquarters in Frederica, DE, using existing materials and equipment. The entire process, from design to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approval, took only five weeks. The normal NIOSH approval process alone is typically several months.
As the COVID-19 story continues to evolve, ILC Dover stays committed to providing a safe, productive workplace for its over 600 employees. “The safety of our employees is a top priority,” said DiNuzzo. “To protect our workforce, we made adjustments early and quickly. We continue to stay ahead of guidelines from the CDC, WHO and the State of Delaware in our procedures and process for protecting our employees.”