Recognising the role of chlor-alkali chemistry in controlling the spread of Covid-19, members of the World Chlorine Council have been working around the globe to help their countries control the spread of the pandemic.
Euro Chlor (Europe) members in several countries have been donating products, equipment and resources to fight the pandemic. These range from donating sodium hypochlorite, money and masks to energy protection relief units, hospitals and care facilities.
The European Chemical Industry Association (Cefic, where Euro Chlor are hosted) have been helping their members to boost production, aid distribution and speed up the temporary approval of life-saving disinfectants via their Covid-19 helpdesk:
AMAI (India) have been working with the Indian government to prepare local high purity medical oxygen for use in hospitals around the country. This gas is important to help treat people who are struggling to breathe. The first of these includes a plant at LG Rotary Hospital in Vapi, Gujarat which is producing 0.5 ton of oxygen per day to help treat patients.
AMAI members have been providing space in their premises for hospital beds and vaccination centres as well as supplying free sodium hypochlorite (‘bleach’) into their local communities as a disinfectant.
AMAI members are also helping to organise Health Camps within their premises to vaccinate employees, contractors and nearby communities. They also continue to raise awareness on the need for correct hand washing and sanitation, social distancing and mask wearing to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The Chlorine Institute (USA) has been assisting its members to get quick approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of life-saving disinfectants. The EPA’s list N consists of those chemicals which are approved as effective against SARS-CoV-2.
They also maintain a resources page that provides useful links in efforts to combat Covid-19. Chlorine Institute also welcome questions or enquiries via their Technical Service page.
More information can be found on their website: https://www.chlorineinstitute.org/covid-19-resources/