Ohio has clarified a couple of requirements for manufacturing businesses:
- A practical reason for not wearing a facial covering is having manufacturing employees separated by more than six feet or by a barrier when performing their jobs on the manufacturing floor.
- Employees must perform daily symptom assessment, including for cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
We require employees to work six feet apart or with a barrier. There are limited exceptions for working closely including the training of new employees. When working within six feet is required, facial coverings are also required. Otherwise, facial coverings are optional.
The old poster explaining the health order required that temperature be taken with a thermometer when performing the daily symptom assessment. The new poster from the state outlines symptoms but does not require that temperature be taken. Also, the employee (not the employer) is responsible for the symptom check.
Ohio requires additional actions from manufacturing businesses:
- Daily disinfecting of desks and workstations (in addition to high-contact surfaces)
- Daily assess symptoms including taking temperature with a thermometer
- Require employees to wear face coverings (with a few exceptions)
InSource requirements for temperature testing (March 23), travel quarantine (March 30), and face coverings (April 2) expire by May 3 and are replaced by state requirements.
Special waivers (March 25) to allow reduction in hours without loss of benefits or use of paid time off also expire by May 3.
The Sales/Customer Service team remains in close contact with customers. Some request stop shipment or reduced deliveries. Others desire continued deliveries and have identified key products that are on backorder or shutting down lines. We planned for a 40% reduction in output from April 1 to 17 and actually experienced a 16% reduction. Demand through the rest of 2020 is softer for most customers except for those in the agricultural products market.
First suspected case had negative test result – 25 quarantined individuals due to close contact are cleared to return to work – sick individual will return to work when meeting Ohio guidelines
Receive 10 forehead thermometers and distribute to supervisors/coaches
Require mask (worn correctly) when working at InSource (except for when eating)
This correlates with changing recommendations from the CDC
Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) start 4/1
Create six crisis management teams (Customers, Employee Safety, Benefits, Suppliers, Communication, Legal)
First employee with suspected COVID-19
Send 25 additional employees home for quarantine on doctor’s authority
Meet with all employees – explain situation, hear their concerns, explain EPSL and EFMLA
Health Department calls to understand situation – satisfied with our response
Create forms for EPSL and EFMLA
Require one-week isolation (then another week with mask) when traveling outside of OH/IN since 3/16
Masks available for new hires/trainers and those who have recovered from sickness
Finalize marking of six-foot distances (to support our requirement) in manufacturing with orange tape
Health Department calls to verify that we are essential and reinforce health measures
InSource sends letter outlining the portions of the Ohio Health Order that apply to InSource as well as declarations from customers