(STATEHOUSE) — Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state’s new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Reps. Chris May (R-Bedford) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
May said as businesses resume operations, those unable to source and procure PPE on their own can go online to order masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer. While the first round of available PPE has been reached, small businesses can still place orders online. The marketplace anticipates being able to ship more protective gear in the coming weeks.
“As we work to reopen our businesses and communities, we must do so with an eye on the safety of everyone,” May said. “This marketplace can serve as an additional resource for business owners who need PPE for their employees and customers.”
Davisson said the Small Business PPE Marketplace, which was launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., serves as a secondary source for ordering Hoosier-made supplies. Currently, there is no charge but the IEDC said that could change depending on multiple factors.
“Protective equipment and supplies are crucial to flattening the curve of COVID-19 and keeping workers and customers healthy,” Davisson said. “These products can be difficult to find, so it is encouraging to see the state set up a system to help our local businesses be prepared to safely reopen.”
Businesses must be registered in Indiana with the Secretary of State’s Office, employ less than 150 people, and require PPE to reopen and comply with workplace safety requirements. Examples of eligible businesses include restaurants, retail sales, personal services, and office environments.
According to the IEDC, all requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability, and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur. To learn more, visit backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm.
Additionally, the Indiana Manufacturers Association started an online supply listing where Hoosier companies can order PPE for employees as they begin reopening. Those producing personal protective equipment can also be listed on the database. Visit www.indianamfg.com for more information.