The Union Ministry of Textiles, plans to set up a testing lab for PPE coveralls in Ludhiana, Punjab. The lab will conduct critical blood penetration test along with other required tests for PPE coveralls. The lab will be set up in the textile committee office of Ludhiana for which MoT, India has supplied machinery to the committee in order to conduct tests like blood penetration and bursting strength.
This lab has come as a huge relief for PPE manufacturers and the manufacturers of technical textiles as, until now, they have sent product samples to far off places like Coimbatore for testing. Sibin C, Director -Industries and Commerce, Punjab informed that COVID-19 has made the state government push Ludhiana textile manufacturers to develop PPE kits in-house. Around 141 manufacturers have already got their products approved with the help of Centre and State Governments, but many new as well as established units still wait for approval.
The audit and calibration of supplied machinery will be conducted by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).