As a leading provider of personal protective equipment (PPE) worldwide, 3M is making more respirators than ever before–and we continue to increase production while working with governments and others to prioritise, and redirect supplies to serve the most critical needs. In addition, 3M is also collaborating with other companies on a range of innovative solutions to address the pandemic.
The PPE industry as a whole is experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for N95/FFP2 respirators. Some health care facilities have increased their consumption of PPE by up to 40 times from pre-pandemic levels. Even with 3M’s increased production combined with capacity from other manufacturers, the demand for N95 and other respirators continues to exceed industry supply.
During this global crisis, the safety of our employees and the public–including health care workers and first responders fighting COVID-19– is our highest priority. We are grateful for the work our people are doing to support the public health response and continue to take steps to help protect their well-being.
Delivering on our commitments to public health
Tripled: 3M manufactured 2 billion respirators globally in 2020 – tripling production since 2019.
2.5 billion: 3M is now making respirators at an annual run rate of 2.5 billion per year.
Moving forward: 3M is helping business return to work as economies reopen.
Frontlines: Most N95 respirators in Malaysia are now designated primarily for health professionals on the frontline of response, the rest are deployed in other critical industries, including energy, food and pharmaceutical.
Critical needs: In regions and countries around the world, 3M is working with governments, distributors and others to prioritize supplies for the most critical customer and public health needs.
Collaborating: Working with governments to break down trade barriers and direct respirators to areas of the world most in need.
Fighting fraud: 3M has launched a global effort to combat fraud and price gouging to help protect the public against those who try to exploit the demand for critical 3M products during the pandemic.
Pursuing third parties: 3M is working with law enforcement authorities, technology companies and online resellers to help prevent fraud before it starts and stop it where it is occurring.
Reporting fraud: Customers with concerns about fraudulent activity can report them at 3M’s website.
Support: We have implemented measures to protect our employees and continue to monitor workplaces around the world to ensure our people have the support they need.
Sustaining operations: 3M has been able to sustain operations in different circumstances around the world by working differently, partnering with local experts and governments, and collaborating globally.
Open communication: Committed to serving our customers, we will maintain frequent and open communication in this dynamic environment.
Proper selection and use are key to utilizing respirators to help reduce exposure to airborne contaminants. Find Technical Bulletins, How to Videos, Fit Testing Resources and more information to help you protect your employees and yourself.
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Every day, health care workers on the front lines put themselves at risk to ensure others are cared for. 3M Medical offers resources and information to help protect providers and patients, especially during this challenging time.
Below is a list of the most frequently asked question we have received, with answers and links to direct you to more information.
If you have questions about the virus and how to best protect yourself, please consult the sources below for the most current guidelines and recommended precautions.