Domtar Employees Strengthen Communities with COVID-19 Support

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“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mr. Fred Rogers

At Domtar, caring is a way of life. Throughout our 172-year history, Domtar employees have looked for better ways to serve our customers, support our employees and strengthen our communities. Now, during the current COVID-19 health crisis, our efforts have taken a new shape as we provide COVID-19 support to local medical workers, first responders and citizens in need.

Many of our facilities around the globe have made important donations to help local hospitals and healthcare workers combat the pandemic. Additionally, many of our employees have made individual gifts to their local agencies and organizations. This much-appreciated COVID-19 support helps ease the burdens our communities are facing.

COVID-19 Support at Domtar

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Our Johnsonburg Mill recently donated 27 powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) to Penn Highlands Healthcare, a regional hospital network. These respirators will be used by medical staff when working near patients with confirmed or suspected illnesses that can be spread through the air, such as COVID-19.

The mill keeps PAPRs on hand as a precaution. Mill employees may need them while moving chemicals in the plant or doing other tasks. The devices look like a bicycle helmet with a clear plastic face shield, a computer-controlled fan, LED indicators and a filter. The fan at the top of the helmet, which runs by battery, pulls air in. The air flows through a filter and is pushed down and out, giving the wearer a constant flow of clean air.

“Every maintenance employee in the mill is issued a PAPR,” says Mike Porter, pulp and power maintenance superintendent. While the mill kept a supply of PAPRs to cover a crew in case of an emergency, employees gave up their personal equipment to donate to the staff at Penn Highlands. The donation had the full support of Greg Linscott, the mill’s general manager, and Tony Casilio, the mill’s health and safety manager.

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Source: Domtar Newsroom