Making Protective Gear for Angelenos to address the COVID-19 crisis
This website from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office provides information for companies and organizations interested in producing and requesting essential protective gear for Angelenos during COVID-19.
Making Protective Gear for Angelenos to address the COVID-19 crisis.
The goal of L.A. Protects is to work with local manufacturers – who are not already in the protective gear supply chain – to produce five million non-medical masks, which can be used by workers in essential sectors, non-medical staff in hospitals, and medical patients across the City of Los Angeles. Our partner Kaiser Permanente developed the design specifications for the non-medical masks. Our partner Reformation is providing their expertise in garment and apparel production by providing quality assurance checks and building out funding and in-kind support for this initiative.
*Please note that, separately, the FDA is working with PPE manufacturers directly to explore ways to expand their production capacity. This is a different program.
Garment Manufacturer Ready to Produce?
Essential Business Needing Gear?
Individual Needing to Purchase Masks?
Here is information developed by Kaiser Permanente for manufacturers on approved specifications, materials, and processes for producing protective gear.
Specs & Materials for Non-Medical Masks
*Specs will continue to be fine-tuned.
Safety Precautions for Manufacturing
Our goal is to work with local manufacturers to produce
5,000,000 Non-Medical Masks
Interested in Requesting Protective Gear?
If your organization requires protective gear, please fill out the form to provide more information about your organization and your protective gear needs.
*Please note that completing this form DOES NOT guarantee that these items will be provided. Items will still need to be purchased.
Individual Needing Masks?
Purchase from manufactures that follow Kaiser Permanente’s design specifications.
Lefty Production Co.
Additional Manufacturers Selling Masks
Additional non-medical mask designs available online by local manufacturers.
La La Land
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is an “essential business? Would garment and apparel manufacturers be considered essential if they make protective equipment or goods needed by the healthcare system and essential workers?
Companies that provide goods and services that are recognized as critical to the health and well-being of the City are considered to be essential and are allowed to continue with their operations. Garment and apparel companies that supply needed equipment to health care professionals, the healthcare system, as well as protective equipment for essential workers are considered essential per the Safer at Home order. Companies that apply to and are approved to participate in L.A. Protects to make items deemed necessary by the Mayor’s Office will be considered essential.
Do essential manufacturers have to comply with additional requirements?
Yes, please refer to the guidelines on social distancing and maintaining a sanitary workplace. It is important that employee workstations be separated by six feet, that companies implement disinfection protocols for workstations and high use areas, and take other measures necessary to maintain a safe working environment.
Do I have to follow the design specifications and material requirements?
Yes, as part of this program you are certifying that you have access to the needed materials and can perform the work to the desired specifications. You may also be required to submit samples for quality assurance and approvals.
How will the City enforce social distancing rules at manufacturing facilities?
The City of Los Angeles is deploying Business Ambassadors who will perform unannounced visits to businesses. This includes businesses that are part of LA Protects as well as any other business that is currently in operation. Business Ambassadors will help businesses implement social distancing practices at workplaces.
Who will I sell these items to?
Once you are confirmed as a partner, we will share your contact information and capacity to other essential businesses that are looking for non-medical masks. These businesses will then contact you directly to place an order. You are responsible for billing these clients and delivering the promised finished products.
My business has materials that meet the specifications. How can I donate this to help produce protective gear?
Please send any in-kind donation opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org to support this effort and get these materials to producers.
What is “protective gear”?
Protective gear are non-medical masks that can be used by medical patients and front-line workers, including grocery store workers, delivery drivers, medical supplies providers, and others as an added precaution. Protective gear are NOT Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and have not been FDA-approved as PPE. Protective gear should NOT be used in place of N-95 masks, face shields, isolation gowns, or other PPE.
Who will be using the protective gear?
Protective gear will be used by medical patients and front-line workers, including grocery store workers, delivery drivers, medical supplies providers, and others, as an additional precaution to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Will I be reimbursed by the City of Los Angeles for producing protective gear?
No, you will not be reimbursed by the City of Los Angeles for producing protective gear. Please note that shifting your production to produce protective gear DOES NOT guarantee that these items will be purchased, and we will be in touch with manufacturers if we are interested.
If I am an individual or an organization, can I volunteer to produce protective gear?
At this time, we are asking qualified manufacturers only to fill out the form for producing protective gear.
How do I request protective gear?
To request protective gear for your organization, please fill out the form on our website here. Please note that completing this form DOES NOT guarantee that these items will be provided.
If I am an individual, can I request protective gear?
At this time, we are asking organizations only to fill out the form for requesting protective gear.
Will I be reimbursed by the City of Los Angeles for purchasing protective gear?
No, you will not be reimbursed by the City of Los Angeles for purchasing protective gear. Items will still need to be purchased.
Do companies need to be located in the CIty of Los Angeles to participate?
At the moment yes, companies interested in participating must have their operations in the City of Los Angeles.