19 Feb BD and Whirlpool Corporation join the Workplace Employers Alliance for COVID-19 Testing (WE ACT)
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BD and Whirlpool Corporation join the Workplace Employers Alliance for COVID-19 Testing (WE ACT)
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WASHINGTON, DC, February 19, 2021 – Today, the global medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, joined the Workplace Employers Alliance for COVID-19 Testing (WE ACT) to participate in the group’s efforts to expand employer-based testing for COVID-19.
WE ACT, established in December 2020, is an alliance of leading US employers that supports meaningful solutions to promote employer-based COVID-19 testing. WE ACT serves as a resource for public officials working to protect their communities and for businesses aiming to launch or expand their own employer-based testing programs.
“For months, BD has worked tirelessly to expand the COVID-19 diagnostic capacity in the United States and around the world by ramping up manufacturing, deploying millions of COVID-19 tests and increasing access to tools for testing sample collection,” said Dave Hickey, president of Life Sciences for BD. “BD’s SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen and molecular tests have provided solutions in virtually every health care setting including labs, hospitals, urgent care centers, as well as schools, airports and businesses. The value of WE ACT members’ collective experience in the workplace, whether the testing of their own employees or the deployment of testing tools and products for other workplace programs, cannot be understated. We look forward to working with businesses across the country to reopen the economy and supporting them with access to COVID-19 tests.”
“The health and safety of our employees around the world, and the communities where we do business, remain our top priority. Throughout the pandemic, we have implemented rigorous safety protocols in our facilities as our employees have been working tirelessly to provide for our consumers who need our appliances more than ever to clean, cook and provide proper food and medicine storage in their homes,” said Ed Mohr, vice president of human resources for Whirlpool. “We’re looking forward to joining WE ACT to advocate for a national testing strategy that gives employers across the country access to high-quality testing and clear testing guidance to ensure we are continuing to provide resources that help further support employee safety.”
Whirlpool Corporation has been an essential appliance manufacturer throughout the pandemic – building and servicing millions of home appliances for consumers. The company has also collaborated with Dow and Reynolds to spearhead the innovation and manufacturing of Powered Air Purification Respirators (PAPR), that helped provide much-needed respirators for the men and women in healthcare facilities working on the frontlines to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“WE ACT is excited to welcome BD and Whirlpool into our workplace testing tent,” said WE ACT senior advisor Dr. Mario Luis Ramirez. “We are at a critical juncture in the fight against COVID-19, and some experts expect the worst is still yet to come until the vaccine has reached enough arms. Collectively, our members employ millions of Americans and have been on the front lines, learning best practices and, in some cases, serving other companies with testing products and expertise. We know what it takes to get American workers tested and will continue to advocate for smart policies and investments to get Americans safely back to work.”
WE ACT’s membership also includes leading US employers like CVS Health, Amazon and Thermo Fisher Scientific. To learn more about the alliance’s work, please visit WeActAlliance.org.
About WE ACT
Members of WE ACT, which includes America’s leading employers and job creators, support meaningful solutions to promote employer-based testing. We will serve as a resource for public officials working to protect their communities and for employers and businesses aiming to launch and expand employer-based testing programs. WE ACT is represented by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. To learn more, please visit WeActAlliance.org.
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