How businesses can ensure they are purchasing the safest PPE

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There are many ways Canadians can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but as demand for safe and effective PPE continues to increase, the need to produce and supply medical-grade PPE domestically is critical in the fight against the virus.

To address this gap, recently, CSA Group announced the opening of Canada’s first accredited, special-purpose laboratory dedicated to testing and certifying the safety of medical-grade PPE, including masks, filtering facepiece respirators, medical gloves, protective drapes and apparel such as surgical and isolation gowns, intended for use across Canada.

 Manufacturers have been increasing production for these crucial supplies during the pandemic to meet the high levels of demand to protect Canadians who are immunocompromised and on the front lines facing COVID-19 every day. With CSA’s facility, businesses can feel secure purchasing CSA certified PPE for their workforce and have greater access to these crucial supplies domestically.

Recently we sat down with Dana Parmenter, Commercial Vice President, Industrial

Dana Parmenter was appointed Commercial Vice President, Industrial on June 1st, 2016.  In this role, Mr. Parmenter is responsible for leading and developing CSA Group’s global commercial market sector strategies, and anticipating industry and market developments and activities.  He is accountable for determining strategic business opportunities for the Industrial business and developing effective sales and marketing plans that reflect customer needs.

Prior to this role, Mr. Parmenter was the Global Business Unit leader for the Hazardous Locations (Hazloc) & Photovoltaics business segments at CSA Group where he was responsible for developing and implementing a global strategy. Mr. Parmenter has also served as Managing Director for CSA Group in the United Kingdom, heading up the Sira group of companies, acquired by CSA in 2009.  His extensive experience includes implementing initiatives for integration, procurements, accreditation, key account management, strategy, alignment and efficiency in both sales and operational capacities.