LyondellBasell recently donated nearly 200 gallons of hand sanitizer that they produced to Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to help bolster their COVID -19 PPE supplies to keep county first responders and residents safe.
“Hand sanitizer is not something we normally make at our research and development center, but given the supply challenges and recognizing the need and our abilities, we were determined to help,” said Kai Dominik, site manager for LyondellBasell’s Houston Technology Center (HTC).
While LyondellBasell’s HTC was not built for the purpose at hand, their team was soon mixing up a cocktail of hand sanitizer based on the CDC’s recipe. They so far have produced a more than 2,000 gallons of medical-grade hand sanitizer using isopropyl alcohol from LyondellBasell’s Channelview Complex. All of the hand sanitizer has been donated to counties in need or sent to other LyondellBasell sites that were in short supply at some point during the pandemic.
“We all know how important it is to have sanitized hands to prevent the spread of this new coronavirus and LyondellBasell never hesitated in their response to help,” said David Wade, industrial liaison for
Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “Harris County is now abundantly supplied in hand sanitizer thanks to their generosity. We are grateful and thankful for their support.”
This is the third time HTC has come to the aid of Texas counties. In April, they made approximately 250 gallons of hand sanitizer and donated it to Matagorda and Harrison counties which were experiencing shortages of the product at the time.
Many products that LyondellBasell makes are being used to fight the pandemic. From products that provide filtration in facemasks, to breathable films for protective suits, medical syringes, medical test kits, soaps, disinfectants, and many other products, LyondellBasell is on the front lines against the virus.