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Arbill Offers Recommendations for HR Teams Eager to Protect Returning Employees

As companies move forward with plans to bring employees back to work, HR teams and business owners will be responsible for ensuring that the workplace remains safe and employees are not subjected to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Arbill Industries, Inc. remains steadfast in its mission to educate employers and ensure that everyone returns home safely, every day.

The safety needs of every company environment are different, even two offices that are of a similar size and configuration may have differing needs.

Companies are bringing employees back to the office, factory and/or facility through varying strategies*:

  • Ford, with more than 30,000 U.S. employees working remotely, will transition to a “flexible hybrid work model” and will start this new approach in July.
  • IBM hasn't set a specific timetable for asking workers to return to the office and expects about 80% of its 346,000 employees to return to a combination of remote and office schedules, determined by their roles.
  • Walmart's approximately 15.1 million employees mostly work at its stores and many worked in-store throughout the pandemic. It plans to bring workers back to its Bentonville, Ark. campus no earlier than July.

"The safety needs of every company environment are different, even two offices that are of a similar size and configuration may have differing needs," said Julie Copeland, CEO of Arbill, a U.S. and women-owned industrial safety company that has been providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to business and government agencies for more than 75 years. “In addition to understanding what specific PPE employees need, HR teams and employers must make certain they procure these products from companies with a reputation for high-quality and reliability.”

Masks are the first line of defense and despite their appearance, not all masks are alike. Arbill created its “Together” mask to meet the European Afnor standard, among the most stringent performance standards in the world.

Together Safety Mask

The “Together” mask achieves 95% fabric filtration protection and is more breathable and comfortable than disposable medical masks. It remains 95% effective up to an average of 10-20 washes and remains 90% effective after 50 washes. With effectiveness lasting up to 50 washes, the masks' cost per use averages eight cents, around 1/6 the cost of the cheapest disposable mask available at leading retail stores. The masks have also been treated with SILVADUR antimicrobial technology which inhibits the growth of microorganisms in the fabric. Masks are available to employees in a 6-pack or 12-pack, which will give employees enough product for every day of the week, including swapping in fresh products after lunch breaks.

In addition, because the Together mask is cotton, it biodegrades in approximately five months, versus 450 years for synthetic masks.

Arbill continues to look to medical and scientific professionals for guidance as products are continually tested and new consumer PPE products are developed.

For more information on “Together,” please visit HERE.

About Together

Launched in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Together” was founded by PPE manufacturing leader Arbill Industries. With more than 75 years of experience in protecting industry and government workers, Arbill understood a need for adequate protection for everyday people.

Born out of a timely need for a facial covering that offered unparalleled protection and all-day comfort, the industrial safety experts at Arbill engineered The Safety Mask. The first proprietary product in a forthcoming full line of consumer products that all start with an industrial safety standard. “Together” features professional-level protective apparel and accessories available to all.

About Arbill

As the leading provider of safety services, safety technology and safety products, Arbill is saving lives every day at industrial worksites throughout the United States. An award-winning supplier of all-things safety for more than 75 years, Arbill's clients have counted on Arbill to make sure their employees go home safely after every shift. To assure our clients meet their safety goals, Arbill's safety professionals are revolutionizing the way companies incorporate safety into their daily routines. Through Arbill's comprehensive SafetyCare offering – Arbill provides more than 200,000 safety products (including nearly 1,000 items manufactured under Arbill's highly-respected Truline brand), over 160 Environmental Health and Safety Training Courses and Safety Technologies that pull the entire offering together to create the best in safety. Arbill is a WBENC certified (women owned & certified business), ISO 9001 certified and FDA approved.

* The New York Times

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