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A Mask for Every Utahn

On April 28, 2020 Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox announced a partnership between the state of Utah and the Utah Manufacturers Association to coordinate efforts for the initiative of “A Mask for Every Utahn”.

“‘A Mask for Every Utahn’ project fulfilled nearly 1.24 million masks requests, from almost 280,000 household orders.” UMA is proud to have been part of this amazing project! #UMA #MaskUtah

“A Mask for Every Utahn” Initiative Ends To read the announcement Click here

To listen to the full Business Elevated Podcast with Ben Hart, Deputy Director at GOED and Todd Bingham, UMA President Click Here

To view the announcement by Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox Click Here

To read announcement on Governor Gary Herbert’s website Click Here


Best Practices from Utah Manufacturing Companies on Dealing with COVID-19

The Utah Manufacturers Association is conducting small round table sessions with Utah manufacturers about their best practices for dealing with COVID-19. Small, medium, and large companies have participated and wish to share this about their experiences:

Innovate – Companies are innovating to incorporate essential business practices and processes in their operations in order to keep open and operating.

Planning and Communication

Early planning and communication between teams to get a plan in place before an outbreak or situation occurs is vital.

Operations team, HR, and Sales and Marketing several times a week or even daily in order to evaluate and implement the current CDC and other recommendations. Other discussion points involve evaluating employee cases and completing employee tracing so a plan is in place if there was a positive test.

Online resources and handouts are made available to employees so they can be informed on current information.

Create scripts for managers and floor leaders for a positive COVID-19 result, and when employees need to self quarantine.

Non-production and Production Employees

Allow anyone possible to work remotely.

For other teams such as production support, engineering and quality implementing rotating shifts. For example, two days remote, three onsite days, or one week on shift and one week off shift. This helps maintain a low number of employees on the site and limit interaction with other employees.

For employees onsite some companies are staggering shift start times and providing a gap between start times to allow one shift to leave the area before the next shift arrives.

Revisions to existing policy to allow for the comfort and safety of employees. For example areas for employees to take breaks, allowing them to go outside or into their vehicle.

Implement work zones

Analyze traffic patterns of employees to reduce an employees footprint in the plant or workplace. Direct employees for a point of entry and exit and area of workspace. By keeping employees in certain areas it eliminates contaminating multiple areas if an employee tests positive.

Post signs about the rules of social distancing throughout the building.

Create different cells or teams in case someone becomes infected to minimize the loss of production employees.

Have teams or “cells” use different entrances to minimize possible spread.

Separate teams / departments from each other.

Common Areas – Lunch and break rooms have tables and chairs are all spaced six feet apart. Cleaning wipes on each table as well as a cleaning crew cleaning after occupancy. Food services have changed to grab and go operations with six feet spacing marked on the floor to maintain social distancing.


Internal cleaning teams and bringing in external cleaning crews to clean common and workplace areas.

Construct temporary barriers from wooden frames with plastic to minimize contact on assembly lines that are in close proximity to each other

Stagger lunch and break times

Stagger when shifts begin and end

Move tables further apart to maintain social distance

Move designated smoking areas further from the buildings to ease the minds of those concerned about airborne contamination

Have multiple locations with hand sanitizer throughout the building

Policies – Removing the disciplinary requirements on employees for self quarantine, employee illness or to help a family member. Companies are working through sick time and vacation with employees as needed.

Temperature Monitoring – Employee temperature monitoring is in place some companies are onsite and others are off-site currently. Employees are self certified on taking a temperature and every employee takes their temperature before their shift. Nurses are available onsite to assist employees that are feeling ill during their shift.

SBA and PPP Loans – While companies have found challenges in securing loan funding some companies have been approved for PPP loans and are awaiting funds.

Keep Employees from Becoming Lax in Social Distancing

Make all communication transparent and give employees a source so that all communication is consistent and accurate.

Remind employees that wearing a face cloth or a mask does not permit you to be closer than the recommended six foot social distance.

Post signs throughout the building in multiple locations.

Have employees document who they were in contact with at the end of their shifts.



The University of Utah School of Medicine’s Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health created an important Covid-related presentation for Utah’s manufacturing companies. Racheal M. Jones, PhD, CIH, an industrial hygienist and exposure scientist, authored the presentation in conjunction with the Utah Industry Resource Alliance and its members, including the Utah Manufacturers Association.

We will cover:

  • What to do when an employee tests positive
  • Best practices relating to employees falling into Covid-realted high risk categories
  • What symptoms to educate your employees about
  • Current lengths of times the virus lives on surfaces
  • Preventing the spread of Covid-19 at your facilities
  • Employee screening methods
  • Social distancing examples in manufacturing facilities
  • Cleaning protocol recommendations
  • Utah liability law updates relating to Covid-19

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On April 7, U.S. Senator Mike Lee talked to UMA Members and friends about the recently passed CARES Act. U.S. Senator Mike Lee and his team answered questions about this legislation and other actions from Washington that could impact your business.

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To view other available webinars Click Here


Utah Leads Together 4.0: A Plan for a Health and Economic Recovery

Utah Leads Together is Governor Herbert’s comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19.

Every Utahn plays a role in Utah’s recovery. We lead together. This leadership requires Utahns to continue to take three major actions:

Follow public health guidelines
Stay engaged with the economy
Assist those in need

Read the full Utah Leads Together 4.0 Plan Click Here

Manufacturing-Specific Guidelines

  1. Increase work space and distance between employees.
  2. Minimize auditors, customers, vendors entering your facility and encourage the use of technology.
  3. Conduct meetings remotely or hold internal group meetings in larger conference rooms where people can maintain distance.
  4. Alter cafeteria practices so people have more space or stagger lunch times.
  5. Install disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer locations throughout the facilities.
  6. Disinfect conference rooms, office, desk locations down regularly throughout the day.

General Work Site Guidelines

  1. Conduct plan checks electronically or through a drop box outside the office.
  2. Determine a time for building inspections when only the inspector is present, ensuring that builders have vacated the site.
  3. Establish screening procedure, including temperature screenings, at facility entrances.
  4. Restrict access to critical work areas and introduce rotating shifts for workers.
  5. Establish onsite accommodations and protocol to manage individuals reporting flu-like symptoms while at work.
  6. Increase the frequency of janitorial services for shared space cleaning, including, but not limited to, workstations, countertops, handles, doorknobs, gang boxes, shared tools, and equipment.
    Service portable bathrooms frequently and provide hand sanitizer in/or around all portable bathrooms.
  7. Do not permit communal food on the jobsite or use a common water cooler.
  8. Do not permit the sharing of tools or personal protection equipment (PPE).
  9. Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use and ensure it is properly disposed of.
  10. Instruct workers to wash hands after removing gloves.
  11. Instruct workers to change work clothes prior to arriving home and to wash clothes in hot water with laundry sanitizer.


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