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Keep Your
Workforce
Safe During a
Pandemic
Jon Sillerud
Uponor North America

W

HEN A WORLDWIDE
pandemic brings life as
we know it to a screeching
halt but manufacturing operations
still need to continue, how do you best
prepare and protect your workforce to
ensure employee safety and business
continuity?

ORGANIZE A TASK FORCE
At the beginning stages of any local,
regional, national, or global crisis, it's
important to create a task force of
department leaders.
At a minimum, this task force
should meet daily to review status
updates from local, state, and national
governments; make necessary changes
to company policies and procedures;
and activate communication tactics
to best inform employees-as well
as customers-about the current
situation.

SET GROUND RULES

Availability of personal protective
equipment is a key component of maximizing
the health and safety of workers.

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When a pandemic hits, maximizing
the health and safety of workers is the
primary goal.
Include some of the following
tactics to help protect employees
and ensure a solid workforce
during a challenging time.
 Sanitize daily all tools,
equipment, workstations,
desks, chairs, computers, and
phones.
 Stagger employee breaks and
set a maximum occupancy for breakrooms.
	 Move tables and remove chairs in
breakrooms to promote social distancing.
	 Alternate use of time clocks.

	 Minimize contact with delivery
drivers.
	 Ensure all employees wear personal
protective equipment (PPE).

COMMUNICATE OFTEN
Communication is paramount during
a pandemic.
Employees need to know that the
company is taking their health and
safety seriously and that new policies
and procedures must be followed to
ensure everyone is protected.
Since large gatherings are not safe for
communicating employee updates, it's
important to create new methods for
ensuring everyone receives information
in a timely manner.
In addition to emails, some companies have notification systems that alert
employees directly on their cell phones.
Other options include large signs on bulletin boards or digital screens throughout the facility.
However you choose to communicate, know that communicating clearly
and often is most important. EP

Jon Sillerud is Vice President, Operations, at Uponor North America,
Apple Valley, MN (uponor.com).
Reach him at
jon.sillerud@uponor.com.

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