How are we handling the COVID-19 outbreak and more specifically, the “Stay at Home” order issued for the state of Ohio?
We have decided to remain open during the “Stay at Home” order time period. We used the following criteria obtained directly from the Director’s Stay at Home Order.
Note 12(v). Essential Businesses and Operations – Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
“Manufacturing companies, distributors, and supply chain companies producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as…chemicals and sanitization…agriculture, food and beverage…construction”
- We are key suppliers for customers in essential industries including construction, agriculture, sanitization & food and beverage.
- We manufacture wooden handles used for mops and brooms which are products used in the sanitization industry.
- We manufacture wheelbarrow handles & wedges used in construction and agriculture industries.
- We manufacture stairway parts as well as paintbrush handles used in the construction industry.
- We manufacture food products such as rolling pins and smoke sticks used in the food product industry.
- These products consist approximately 80-90% of our sales
- The majority of these products are eventually shipped to customers who sell to large hardware store chains, such Home Depot and Lowes.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response – Food and Agriculture
“Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper, and other wood products”
All our products we manufacture are wood products.
How are we enforcing the social distancing requirements to our employees?
- Designate six-foot distances – We have signage posted throughout the shop to remind employees to keep six-feet of distance between others. We have also reviewed all work areas throughout the shop to ensure compliance with this requirement.
- Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products – We have regular soap as well as GOJO soap available in our restrooms for all employees. We are in the process of trying to get hand sanitizer stations throughout the shop.
- Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations – We have announced to all employees the following policy:
If you are under 60 & feel comfortable coming to work, you can come. If you would rather stay home, that is fine. However, you will not receive paid time off unless you elect you use your vacation days. If you are 60 or older, you can stay at home for the duration of the order and still receive 8 hours per day of Paid Time Off at minimum wage.
- Online and remote access – We do not deal with end-customers directly. Our products and services are Business-to-Business. We have notified our customers & suppliers through email that we will be open. We have also encouraged office staff to work from home if possible. All office staff use laptops that can be taken home.
- We have all employees check their temperature at home before coming to work. Each morning there is a checklist by our time clock that has employees notify us if he/she has a fever. We consider anything over 100 degrees a fever.
- We have encouraged any employees who are sick to stay at home, especially if they are feeling COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
- We have reinforced key messages – We have placed posters throughout the shop, and we have gone over proper health etiquette in stand-up meetings.
- We have one employee whose primary role is to perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, such as door handles, lunchroom, workstations, countertops, etc.
- We are suspending some of our operations. Specifically, non-essential product orders have been placed on hold.