Canadian Manufacturing

Hedbanz game transformed into PPE for Frontline Workers

Game-maker Spin Master has produced 200,000 face shields for hospitals, nursing homes and shelters

May 1, 2020  by CM Staff

Women’s College Hospital Assessment Centre and Screening staff wearing Spin Master face shields. PHOTO: Spin Master

TORONTO – Spin Master Corp. transformed its family guessing game, Hedbanz, to produce face shields for front-line healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19.

The company shared that their product development team came up with the idea of using existing headbands from the Hedbanz game, along with plastic (polyethylene terephthalate or PET) inserts, to create a face shield for healthcare workers.

Close to 200,000 face shields have been produced in three facilities in Mexico and are now in use in over 100 hospitals, nursing homes and shelters across North America, including in Toronto, New York, California and Mexico. Spin Master announced they will manufacture the face shields – currently producing more than 20,000 a day – as long as they are needed.

“Frontline healthcare workers are risking their lives and spending countless hours away from their families to help those suffering from COVID-19,” said Ronnen Harary, Co-CEO of Spin Master, in a prepared statement. “Together, with our employees, we are helping to provide some level of comfort and ease anxiety for nurses, doctors, admitting staff, personal service workers and so many more people who are the real heroes in this pandemic.”

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An internal team at Spin Master is coordinating requests from outside organizations and arranging for deliveries. The shields are non-medical grade.