HMG Paints Ltd has started to produce hand sanitiser for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A member of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA), Manchester-based HMG Paints has developed First Thing Sanitiser – which contains over 70 per cent alcohol – for key workers, care providers and charities across the city and the rest of the UK.
The name of the sanitiser derives from internal communication messages urging staff to make washing their hands the first thing on their mind whether in work or at home.
HMG Paints is now working with partners to supply hand sanitiser – based on World Health Organisation recommended formulations – to those who need it the most.
Greater Manchester Police, along with local care homes and frontline workers, were the recipients of the first batch of First Thing Sanitiser, and the company is now keen to manufacture as much hand sanitiser as possible, as well as set aside stock to donate to frontline workers and others most in need during the crisis.
John Falder, MD of HMG Paints, said: “Our team of chemists has worked extremely hard on the formulation and it has been a true team effort to make the hand sanitiser available.
“By utilising our existing alcohol stocks, we believe that we can help the HMG Family, our customers and those who need it the most during the current shortages.”
Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the PDA, said: “The association is thrilled to see the work being done by HMG Paints throughout this pandemic.
“The team should be extremely proud of themselves and all they are achieving. They are an absolute credit to the sector.”