UMA’s Center for Business and Continuous Improvement is gathering information to help Utah manufacturers deal with the latest COVID-19 related information.
Vaccinations are critical to fighting the pandemic, but it will take several months to procure enough vaccines to make them broadly available to all Utahns. The vaccine is the pathway to getting back to normal. If as many Utahns as possible get vaccinated and we all continue to follow health recommendations, we’ll win the fight against this virus.
To help keep Utahns informed about the vaccine, to educate them about its importance, and to keep the public up to date with the latest information about COVID-19 and Utah’s vaccination plan, the State of Utah COVID-19 Response team is starting an email series.
People who sign up will receive a short series of welcome emails with educational information about the COVID-19 vaccine, then will be subscribed to an email newsletter that will be published every 1 to 2 weeks.
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For additional information on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine
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
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:
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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.
To view other available webinars Click Here
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