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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 possible.
  • 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 logistics functions.
  • 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.
  • International 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 maintenance.
  • No visitors (including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior management.
  • 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.


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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 buying programs.

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.