June 4, 2020
On June 3 a team of industry partners, sponsors and volunteers safely gathered at the Calgary Stampede Grandstand to assemble personal protective equipment (PPE) kits for truck drivers.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, fleets have reported issues accessing enough PPE for drivers. Through combined efforts and the generosity of BMO, Women in Supply Chain, UFA, The Gear Centre and others, non-surgical masks and gloves were procured and the organizing team was overtly diligent in preparing to follow all social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Also included in the kits is an insert with a “thank you” to commercial drivers and some tips on proper use of PPE.
“This event has truly been a group effort, coming together quickly thanks to the efforts of all involved. We all know drivers are essential to our supply chain and although they have been hauling throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for weeks now, we need to continue to support them, and most importantly keep them safe,” says Chris Nash, president of the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA).
Through the kind co-operation of Alberta Sheriffs, the PPE kits will be available for free at six Alberta weigh scales as early as June 4, and available to all drivers, regardless of their employer.
Click the image below for a photo steam of the event.