There’s a new online marketplace for businesses and organizations to buy masks, shields and hand sanitizer

As businesses resume operations, those unable to source and procure PPE on their own can go online to backontrack.in.gov/ppemarketplace.htm to order masks, face shields and hand sanitizer. While the first round of available PPE has been reached, small businesses can still place orders online. The marketplace anticipates being able to ship more protective gear in the coming weeks.

“Protecting our workers and the public is so important as many local businesses begin to reopen,” State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) said. “While equipment like hand sanitizer and face masks are essential to stay safe, some may struggle to get them. This new online marketplace is a great resource for small businesses in this situation, and I encourage them to utilize it.”

Currently, there is no charge but that could change depending on multiple factors.

Businesses must be registered in Indiana with the Secretary of State’s Office, employ less than 150 people, and require PPE to reopen and comply with workplace safety requirements. Examples of eligible businesses include restaurants, retail sales, personal services and office environments.

According to the IEDC, all requests will be evaluated and fulfilled based on work environment risk profile, stock availability and the number of outstanding requests. At times, partial or delayed fulfillment of requests may occur.