The Covid-19 outbreak is causing production and food shortages in China, but not only.
In Japan, protective clothing may be lacking for Fukushima workers.
In Japan, Tepco has been managing the dismantling of the damaged Japanese Fukushima Daiichi plant for years. But the process may be compromised for a time if protective gear is missing. The company said it feared delays as those outfits are produced in coronavirus affected China.
According to officials, Tepco has currently sufficient stocks, but in the near future, it could become more difficult or even impossible to get special particular garments from their usual suppliers.
Tepco added:”Workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may need to wear commercially available products like plastic raincoats sold at public general stores as the coronavirus outbreak threatens production of special protective suits in China.“
Just keep in mind Tepco needs up to 6,000 jackets and combinations daily for its workers.
Meanwhile, 59% of voters in Japan against releasing Fukushima’s radioactive waste water into ocean:
Any safety consequences?
Replacing these suits and jackets with other waterproof outfits has no safety consequences according to officials.
They are only used to prevent radioactive dust from attaching to clothing or the body, but are not intended to protect against radiation, which passes through any type of clothing anyway.
Regarding the sanitary masks, also used on site, Tepco says it has no immediate stock problems. Same for the very many pairs of gloves used daily.