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COVID-19 Help for North Royalton Ward 3 Manufacturers

(Last Updated May 4, 2020 at 5:04am)

Ward 3 Manufacturers are encouraged to also look at the Financial Programs Page as many of these will apply to your business. Below are some helpful information to assist you during this tough time.

Ohio manufacturing companies are doing a variety of practices to keep their facilities clean but ensuring that their employees remain safe is a top concern. Here is what some of them are doing that you may be able to implement at your plant:

  • Some companies are adding shifts or weekend hours so everyone can still collect a paycheck, ensure social distancing and not affect product delivery.
  • Another company split plant into 2 work teams to promote social distancing, each working for 7 days 12 hour shifts (with additional breaks).
  • Some have created a built in break time for employees to clean and disinfect with checklists on what has to be done.
  • Take temperature checks at the door before someone enters the facility. This way if someone has a high temperature they are not in the building potentially causing contamination or causing some employees with reasons to worry.
  • Stagger breaks and start times so 6’ distance can be maintained and not a mad rush for the same limited areas. If you have some employees who need structure and hate to deviate from routines you can try to incorporate this into your planning too.
  • Some have withdrawn attendance and points policies, including leeway for employees with children affected by school closures.
  • If not a fire door, consider propping it open to avoid a lot of people touching the same thing over and over throughout the day.
  • Some companies that have been forced to implement a layoff are still paying their employees benefits. The hope is that they will have an easier time getting these great employees back when the economy ramps back up. All health insurers have been required by the Ohio Department of Insurance to allow employers to defer their insurance premium payments for up to two months.
  • Keep your staff informed but not with in-person meetings. Use your bulletin boards and emails to keep everyone in the same loop.-One company has a dedicated person watching the daily Governor’s updates and sending out communication the following day after they see what the media is saying to ensure that they are getting the right message to communicate.
  • Other have a communication response team made up of a cross section of department managers who can each see how to better plan for the outbreak with minimal disruptions.
  • If someone from your company has a LinkedIn account have them search for OMA’s Covid-19 Information Exchange or www.linkedin.com/groups/12385229/ to stay up-to-date on other best practices