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COVID-19 Compliance Updates For Manufacturing Industries

Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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The latest COVID-19 updates for manufacturing industries to stay compliant with federal health standards.

Legal Disclaimer: 

The information contained in the documents does not constitute legal advice and should not be applied arbitrarily to other businesses or workplaces. Axios HR bears no responsibility with respect to third party reliance on the recommendations set out herein. All employers should consult with local legal counsel, medical as well as health & safety advisors specific to their jurisdiction and industry in developing strategies applicable to their unique workplaces.

COVID-19 Updates For Manufacturing Industries

Manufacturing facilities must (Executive Order 2020-91):

  • (a) Conduct a daily entry screening protocol for employees, contractors, suppliers, and any other individuals entering the facility, including a questionnaire covering symptoms and suspected or confirmed exposure to people with possible COVID-19, together with temperature screening as soon as no-touch thermometers can be obtained.
  • (b) Create dedicated entry point(s) at every facility for daily screening as provided in sub-provision (a) of this section, and ensure physical barriers are in place to prevent anyone from bypassing the screening.
  • (c) Suspend all non-essential in-person visits, including tours.
  • (d) Train employees on, at a minimum:
    • (1) Routes by which the virus causing COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person.
    • (2) Distance that the virus can travel in the air, as well as the time it remains viable in the air and on environmental surfaces.
    • (3) The use of personal protective equipment, including the proper steps for putting it on and taking it off.
  • (e) Reduce congestion in common spaces wherever practicable by, for example, closing salad bars and buffets within cafeterias and kitchens, requiring individuals to sit at least six feet from one another, placing markings on the floor to allow social distancing while standing in line, offering boxed food via delivery or pick-up points, and reducing cash payments.
  • (f) Implement rotational shift schedules where possible (e.g., increasing the number of shifts, alternating days or weeks) to reduce the number of employees in the facility at the same time.
  • (g) Stagger meal and break times, as well as start times at each entrance, where possible.
  • (h) Install temporary physical barriers, where practicable, between work stations and cafeteria tables.
  • (i) Create protocols for minimizing personal contact upon delivery of materials to the facility.
  • (j) Adopt protocols to limit the sharing of tools and equipment to the maximum extent possible.
  • (k) Ensure there are sufficient hand-washing or hand-sanitizing stations at the worksite to enable easy access by employees, and discontinue use of hand dryers.
  • (l) Notify plant leaders and potentially exposed individuals upon identification of a positive case of COVID-19 in the facility, as well as maintain a central log for symptomatic employees or employees who received a positive test for COVID-19.
  • (m) Send potentially exposed individuals home upon identification of a positive case of COVID-19 in the facility.
  • (n) Require employees to self-report to plant leaders as soon as possible after developing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • (o) Shut areas of the manufacturing facility for cleaning and disinfection, as necessary if an employee goes home because he or she is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

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