WMC and Wisconsin Safety Council
would like to share these Best Practices from the business community.
- Ban in-person
meetings (internal or external) and employee convenings (formal or
informal) of any size. Employee communication handled virtually wherever
- Employees scanned
regularly on-site for body temperature (contingent on availability of
scanning devices, which are in short supply due to acute global demand).
- Immediate workflow
audit that removes instances of employees being within 6’ of each other.
- Reduction of
on-site work hours to minimum needed to sustain operations.
- Staggered shifts
and work hours to minimize on-site human presence at a given time.
- Staggered use of
all shared spaces, including bathrooms, breakrooms and lunchrooms.
- Staggered facility
entry and exit procedures.
- Mandatory work at
home for all employees except those necessary for baseline production and
- Sanitary processes
implemented throughout facility (soap, hand sanitizer, single-use gloves,
doors propped open, hands-free capabilities, no shared food).
- Blue tape marking
of surfaces that receive frequent human contact; disinfection of these
surfaces multiple times daily.
travel ban – business and personal.
- Domestic business
travel ban except for critical operations (with senior management
approval). Domestic personal travel requires employee to self-quarantine
for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
- Any employee
returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel country must self-quarantine for
14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
- No deliveries
except those that support production activities or emergency building
- No visitors
(including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior
- Employees must
immediately report symptoms associated with COVID-19 exposure.
- Employees must
report contact with any person who tests positive for COVID-19; employee
must subsequently self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before
returning to work.
Federal Reserve to lend to
businesses, local governments
In a series of sweeping, aggressive
steps, the U.S. Federal Reserve will lend to
small and large businesses and local governments as well as extend its bond
The announcement Monday is part of the Fed's ongoing
efforts to support the flow of credit
through an economy ravaged by the viral outbreak.
"The coronavirus pandemic is causing tremendous hardship
across the United States and around the world," the Fed said in a
statement. “Our nation’s first priority is to care for those afflicted and to
limit the further spread of the virus. While great uncertainty remains, it has
become clear that our economy will face severe disruptions. Aggressive efforts
must be taken across the public and private sectors.
The Fed also said it will set up three new lending facilities that
will provide up to $300 billion by purchasing corporate bonds, buying a wider
range of municipal bonds, and purchasing asset-backed securities. Read more about the Federal Reserve programs...