Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the medical supply chain for critical supplies has been pushed beyond capacities. In respond to sudden and unprecedented needs, KDH has reprioritized our operation to provide supplies such as protective coverall clothing, medical isolation gown, nitrile gloves, face shield, and surgical masks. We partner with the “national teams” in Taiwan to help the world fighting this pandemic.
Nitrile gloves are a type of hand assurance the material of which is a compound called nitrile – a chemIcal resistant, puncture safe material. Nitrile is fundamentally a manufactured reprocessed adaptation of latex.
Nitrile is a manufactured co-polymer, shaped through acrylonitrile and butadiene combination. Nitrile gloves are regularly utilized for trade based occupations. For example, medical professionals, mechanics, and technicians.
In general, latex gloves offer the best protection against bacteria and viruses, while synthetic gloves provide better chemical protection. Of the different types of latex-free gloves, nitrile gloves offer a higher degree of protection against viruses, besides the chemical protection they provide.
Face masks are personal protective equipments that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face. They are not to be shared and maybe labeled as surgical, isolation, dental, or medical procedure masks. They may come with or without a face shield.
Face masks are made in different thicknesses and with different abilities to protect you from contact with liquids. These properties may also affect how easily you can breathe through the face mask and how well the mask protects you.
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). There are three levels of disposable masks:
ASTM Level 1 – Low fluid resistance
ASTM Level 2 – Moderate fluid resistance
ASTM Level 3 – High fluid resistance
A type of protective clothing that protects medical personnel and patients from infection by microorganisms and fluids when the patient is isolated. Gowns are one part of an overall infection-control strategy. The Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) of the U.S. classifies the barrier protection levels of gowns in 4 levels.
Face shields are items of personal protective equipment (PPE), aims to protect the wearer’s entire face, or part of it, from hazards such as flying objects and road debris, chemical splashes (in laboratories or in industry), or potentially infectious materials (in medical and laboratory environments).
Disposable coveralls are an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to cover the whole body and other clothing to protect against dirt or other outside contaminants. Coveralls are one piece and loose-fitting for ease of movement, with sleeves, full leggings, and often a hood to cover the head. These can also include overshoe pieces to cover footwear and protect against contamination.
We adhere to a strict set of policies in our supply chain:
KDH Design Inc and its business partners take the topic of sustainable sourcing very seriously. This applies also to the current PPE market during the Covid-19 crises.
There are many reports of fraudulent activities where payment is made and either no goods received, or sub-standard goods received. We use open and transparent financial mechanisms to ensure that our clients have full traceability on their order, payment, and goods delivery.
Due to the increased pressure on the market, we have seen quality standards decrease from many manufacturers. Even if PPE is CE/FDA/NIOSH certified, this is absolutely no guarantee of quality. We use our own private lab partner to validate every source of PPE we supply to ensure that what we supply meets the required standards. We give a guarantee of the quality of what we supply and this includes a physical inspection (by us) of every shipment that leaves for our customers.
Our Partnerships and Ecosystem
We only ever use trusted partners in securing our supply chain. Examples of this include Foxconn and SGS as well as shipping organizations. We also vet such partnerships to ensure that their interests are aligned with our customers’ best interests. As part of the process, we also educate and encourage our suppliers to develop responsible practices on their own.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Wherever possible we will choose to take on projects to supply urgently needed PPE for good causes. Naturally, we may not be able to help in every case, but we will provide support where it is possible to do so. Such cases of support are chosen at the discretion of KDH and its partners. In addition, we perform ongoing monitoring of our suppliers using assessments and audits to maintain our supplier’s environmental and social performance and practices.
Artificial price inflation due to a supply shortage of PPE is commonplace. Whilst some of this price increase is based on raw materials prices and also labor costs, it is clear to KDH and its partners that a lot of these price increases are also due to the ‘middle-men’ in the value chain. We fully commit that where ever possible we will secure supply chains directly with manufacturers. This results in us being able to give the most competitive and fairest pricing we can in every quote. We perform significant due diligence on our partners and ensure that full compliance is in place. We also offer more affordable pricing for governments and non-profit organizations to expand medical access.