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Independently providing for the need of the plant for the masks
Sewing reusable masks for the employees is one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Vilnohirsk Mining and Metallurgical Plant, a subsidiary of JSC UMCC.
In the first days after the quarantine was introduced by the government, the workwear sewing unit of the Facility Services Section at VMMP started making reusable gauze masks for the workers of the subsidiaries. Overall, the workers of the unit have produced over 3,800 masks, which were supplied for the plant’s units and workshops.
“We made masks from 8 layers of gauze,” tells Halyna Martynenko, Senior Master of the workwear sewing unit of the Facility Services Section at VMMP, adding, “They can be used many times after washing and ironing or steaming. By the way, after washing the gauze stays and the masks become tighter.” To speed up production of gauze masks, 6 seamstresses of the unit worked on Saturday, their day off. Each of them made 100 masks per shift.
After they ran out of gauze, the workers of the unit worked out the cutout and started making masks from fabric. Three seamstresses were involved in this work and produced 900 masks (as of April 3), 70 masks a day.
“We are currently continuing making masks from fabric,” said Halyna Martynenko. “I hope that the work of our small unit will help provide the workers of the subsidiary with the necessary amount of these means of individual protection.”