A Hijab and 'multi-hairstyle hat' PPE is being made available for those who may choose to wear it.

Contechs Medical has developed the new range of 'culturally appropriate PPE' headwear to help the UK’s medical and care professionals combat against the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The single use multi-hairstyle hat is a one-piece design that features an elasticated forehead and neck to retain various hair styles.

The Hijab design offers full neck and shoulder coverage  to allow for adjustable tailor fitment on head or neck shape. The one-piece design comprises two Velcro attachment points to compensate for necessary adjustments and also allows access to ears for face mask and equipment application. 

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As with the multi-hairstyle hat, the Hijab is for single use only but can be developed using reusable material and fully recyclable. 

Originally designed and developed for UHB, Contechs Medical is currently in the process of initially pushing the PPE out to all of the Trusts within the West Midlands and is also planning to distribute nationally.

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Pete Jarvis, Managing Director of Contechs said: “We quickly identified that culturally appropriate PPE – especially headgear – wasn’t available to those with religious or cultural beliefs.  Indeed, this isn’t just limited to medical environments, it’s the same for any situation where hair has to be covered such as scientific research labs and food preparation areas, for example.  

“Contechs’ innovative and forward-thinking approach therefore allowed us to diversify and expand our PPE products for medical and healthcare professionals across the UK. 

“We’re proud to be supplying Britain’s brave key workers and medical staff with high-quality culturally appropriate protective equipment during their fight against the epidemic, making their working lives easier and making those with cultural or religious requirements to feel more comfortable.”

Simon Clarke, Managing Director, BHA Shared Procurement Services said: “It is quite astonishing that this need has not been catered for yet so it’s great to see companies such as Contechs applying an innovative and culturally sensitive approach to PPE in order to make medical and healthcare professionals feel more comfortable in the workplace."