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COVID-19 Resources

 


VMA is here to help our members and the industry navigate through the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. We are working to keep the industry updated on issues that affect them, represent the industry to the federal and state governments as needed, provide tools for companies to use in their communications, and facilitate information sharing on best practices and approaches. Below are resources available to the industry as we work through together how to respond to this crisis. Members have access to additional legal resources, tools, templates and samples in the members only section: COVID-19 Member-Only Resources

 

This information is not meant to be legal or other advice. Companies should make their own determination on how to proceed based on consultations with their own legal counsel, regulatory requirements, and their own situation. Please let us know how else we can provide support to you by emailing VMA at info@vma.org.

 

Updates:

  • ADDED 6.17.20 The CDC has new recommendations and strategies for testing employees (SEE GUIDELINES FOR REOPENINGS)
  • As restrictions are lifted around the country, we have compiled some important resources from the CDC, OSHA and the Manufacturing Leadership Council. Please review these materials as well as VMA’s message to the manufacturing community. (SEE GUIDELINES FOR REOPENINGS)
  • VMA has sent a letter to congressional leadership urging speedy action on liability protections for essential business. You can find a copy of the letter here. The quick response from VMA members helped us gather hundreds of signatures and send a strong and unifying message to Congress.
  • Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers with Exposure to COVID-19 – The CDC has guidance available here with suggestions on how to handle a worker may have been exposed to someone who tested positive to COVID-19.
  • If your company ships PPE to sites outside the US, see below for new information on this. .
  • As more states issue shut down orders, VMA encourages companies to use the CISA Guidance as a way to explain why they are an essential business, if appropriate. See latest information below (under DHS/CISA Guidance on Critical Infrastructure).
  • VMA has sent a letter to Vice President Pence and the Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Agency explaining the importance of industrial valves in the continued operations of critical market segments to our nation.
  • VMA has postponed the following two events: Valve Forum: Conference & Exhibits and Valve Repair Seminar with Exhibits. More information will follow when available.
  • VMA members should visit the COVID-19 Member-Only Resources page for information on upcoming webinars, tools and templates, and more. Please note you must be signed in to view the page.

 

GUIDELINES FOR REOPENINGS

Testing Employees for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released recommendations for companies that test employees for COVID-19 as part of their disease control measures. The document covers when testing strategies should be used, as well as potential testing strategies after a confirmed COVID-19 case is identified, such as organizing employees by risk categories, contact tracing, recommendations on when exposed employees should return to work, and more. The recommendations are here.

 

Strategies for Reopenings

The CDC has released a new resource with tools and strategies to deploy ahead of office reopenings. It is intended to supplement the regularly updated CDC guidance for businesses and employers. For manufacturing settings, it is vital to continue following the CDC and OSHA’s interim guidance for manufacturing workers and employers, and you can find information for cleaning and disinfecting workplaces here, along with printable resources. You can also refer to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s New Operational Practices to Consider in the Time of COVID-19 for ways manufacturers are meeting and exceeding CDC and OSHA guidelines.

 

A Message from VMA to Manufacturers

We urge manufacturers to take all CDC-issued guidance seriously and to implement the strategies presented. These strategies represent the best science and thinking around protecting the workforce and the public from COVID-19. As the country reopens and high levels of cases in different parts of the country remain a challenge, maintaining social distancing of six feet, frequent hand-washing, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing face coverings all remain important and proven public health strategies. It’s important for the strength of the manufacturing sector, the renewal of the economy and the return to school for our future workforce that we all maintain workplace and community protective measures, even as some restrictions are lifted around the country. Our country is counting on us to lead the way!

 

General Information

CDC Website
A variety of resources for individuals, communities and the business community.
 

 

CDC Coronavirus Guide

 

Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers with Exposure to COVID-19 – The CDC has guidance available here with suggestions on how to handle a worker may have been exposed to someone who tested positive to COVID-19.

 

WHO Website
Information and tools for individuals, communities, businesses and employers. Also included is a dashboard that tracks the number of cases in every country and individual states in the U.S.

 

Power Industry information

 

State Department Creates Government-Wide Contact for Global Supply Chain Issues to coordinate and respond to global supply chain issues due to COVID-19. Find out more here .

 

Government Mandated Closures or Shutdowns

As states move toward issuing shutdowns, many companies in our industry need to stay operational in order to serve our nations critical infrastructure in water/wastewater, healthcare, energy, and other market segments. We encourage companies to evaluate how this applies to them, and if appropriate consider writing to their governor to make the case for why you need to stay operational through any shut down, and ask that the state uses the CISA Guidance as a guideline to determine essential businesses. As always, since each company and their situation are unique, we encourage you to consult appropriate legal guidance.

 

DHS/CISA Guidance on Critical Infrastructure

  • Updated CISA Guidance – This guidance was updated on March 28 and includes clarification in a number of areas including the critical manufacturing segment pertaining to our industry. We continue to suggest that this guidance be used as the basis for determining if your company is essential, however, each company does need to make this determination based on their own circumstance and legal review.

Information on States

LOANS and TAX CREDITS

Department of Treasury Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet

 

Department of Treasury COVID-19 Resources

 

Small Business Administration Resources

 

Loan Application link

 

SBA Interim Final Rule  that details the program

 

IRS Guidance on COVID-19-Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses

 

Employee Laws and Regulations

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: COVID-19

 

COVID-19 Labor Issues, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and new state laws

 

bUsiness operationS

Exemptions for PPE Exports - Updated Guidance: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has released an updated memorandum on FEMA’s temporary final rule that requires explicit approval to export five types of personal protective equipment. This memorandum includes additional exemptions to the rule, including exports by critical infrastructure industries for the protection of their workers and shipments under 10,000 units or under $2,500 in value. This rule became effective April 7 and is in place through Aug. 10.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Supply Chain Issues

The State Department now has one point of contact to address issues regarding global supply chain issues, international shipments or country-specific COVID-19

 

 

   
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