We will use your email address to send you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for more information on how we use your data and your data protection rights.
More than 1, (face shields are unable to be distributed to frontline NHS workers due to problems in getting them certified.
Web designer Richard Blackwell, from Pentyrch , Cardiff, started making visors using 3D printers at the start of April and has built up a large team of volunteers to help assemble and distribute them.
To date more than 1, of their visors have been used by GPs, paramedics, hospital workers, and care home staff across south Wales free of charge. But the group have now been told their items of PPE should no longer be sent out as they may not meet the current safety criteria.
Their distribution has now come to a halt until the shields can be properly tested and approved for use.
As word spread about what Richard was doing his team of volunteers swiftly expanded.
But following a letter from Pete Phillips, of the surgical materials test laboratory at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, the team were advised to stop making their PPE as they could be “illegal” without a CE mark.
Scott, a former assistant producer at BBC Cymru Wales, said there was currently a large backlog of orders for their visors that can’t be fulfilled.
“These visors were meant to be used as a stop gap,” he added. “We were seeing all the stories about the lack of PPE and we thought we could help.
” Our target was to make a day and they were all being given away absolutely free. This bureaucracy and red tape should not be costing people lives. “
Since starting the project Scott said the team has been inundated with kind words of thanks as well as small gifts such as free ice cream.
They are now liaising with their local AMs and MPs to try and get these acetate visors out to those who need them.
The dozens of boxes of unused visors are currently being stored in a restaurant in Rhiwbina, Cardiff.
The Welsh Government Confirmed all PPE needs to meet certain safety standards before it can be provided to frontline health and social care workers.
A spokesman said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generous offers of Welsh businesses to help produce PPE. We are working with businesses to manufacture extra supplies of PPE. If other companies would like to help they should contact the Wales Life Sciences Hub. ” (Read More )