Monday, January 11, 2021

Air-Way Global Mfg. COVID Preparedness & Response Plan Image

Updated 1-11-21

Scope of Plan & Worksite Coordinator

The purpose of this Plan is to communicate and outline Air-Way’s safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This Plan will be in effect until further notice.  This Plan will be guided by recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and orders.  This Plan will be available to employees on the ADP portal site, the Company website, and hard copy if requested.

The COVID-19 Response Team is made up of the following individuals:

  • Jeff Rienstra (VP, Human Resources) à Workplace COVID Coordinator
  • Garret Place (Safety & Environmental Compliance Coordinator) à backup Workplace COVID Coordinator
  • Bill Blank (President, Finance & Marketing)
  • John Hamm (President, Manufacturing & Engineering)
  • Mark Place (VP, Business Development)
  • Kim DeYoung (COO)
  • Scott Place (VP, R&D)
  • Jason Moore (Controller)
  • Charley Blank (President, Hydra-Flex)

The Response Team will meet regularly to stay abreast of the COVID situation and will adopt any additional infection control measures that are reasonable in light of the work performed at the worksite and the rate of infection in the surrounding community, and will communicate with employees as needed.

Employee Training & Awareness

Employees, contractors and temporary workers will receive training on:

  • Workplace infection control practices
  • The proper use of PPE (e.g., masks)
  • Steps they should take to notify the Company of any symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
  • How to report unsafe working conditions

Air-Way will provide updated training if it changes its Preparedness and Response Plan or new information becomes available about the transmission or diagnosis of COVID-19.

General Requirements:

  1. Air-Way has evaluated tasks & procedures to determine whether there is actual or reasonably anticipated exposure to COVID-19.  Based on that evaluation, the Company has categorized job tasks & procedures as follows:
    • Low Exposure:  Do not require contact with people suspected of being infected with COVID-19 or with general public.  Workers in this category have minimal occupational contact with their coworkers. 
      • The Company has categorized all positions in the workplace (office and production) as low risk.  Employees have minimal occupational contact with coworkers and it is not likely that they would come into contact with someone suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
    • Medium Exposure:  Require frequent or close contact (e.g. within 6 feet) with people who may be infected with COVID-19, but who are known or suspected COVID-19 patients. 
      • Air-Way does not have any positions that fall into this category because of measures taken to properly social distance in the workplace and the fact that it is not likely that there would be people infected with COVID-19 in the workplace.
  2. Designated employees will be allowed to work remotely (see Emergency Remote Work Plan).
  3. Air-Way will provide resources and a work environment that promotes personal hygiene.
  4. Air-Way will promote frequent hand washing, providing soap and hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  5. Air-Way will require workers who have COVID-19 symptoms not to report to work or to work remotely.
  6. Air-Way will minimize the use of shared work tools and equipment as much as practical.
  7. Air-Way will increase facility cleaning and disinfection efforts to minimize exposure to COVID-19, especially on high-touch surfaces.
  8. Air-Way will conduct a daily self-screening protocol for employees and visitors entering the workplace.
  9. Air-Way will allow employees with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 to return to the workplace only after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the CDC and they are released from any quarantine by the local health department or a healthcare provider.
  10. Air-Way will place posters that encourage staying away from the workplace when experiencing symptoms, cough and sneeze etiquette, and proper hygiene.
  11. Air-Way will keep everyone at the worksite at least 6 feet apart to the maximum extent possible, and reduce congestion as appropriate.
  12. Air-Way will provide all employees with the types of PPE appropriate to the exposure risk associated with the job and will follow current CDC and OSHA guidance regarding PPE.
  13. Air-Way will provide non-medical grade face coverings to employees at no cost to the employee, and will require face coverings to be worn when employees can’t consistently maintain 6 feet of separation in the workplace and in shared spaces (including in-person meetings, hallways, restrooms.) 
  14. Air-Way will create protocols for minimizing personal contact upon delivery of materials to the facility.
  15. Air-Way will prohibit social gatherings and meetings that do not allow for social distancing or that create unnecessary movement through the office.
  16. Air-Way will comply with all laws prohibiting discharge, discipline or retaliation against employees who stay home or leave work when they are at particular risk of infecting others with COVID-19.
  17. Meetings will be held virtually to the maximum extent possible.
  18. Air-Way will restrict the occupancy of cafeterias and install temporary physical barriers at tables.  Breaks will be staggered to further avoid congestion.
  19. Business-related travel is restricted to essential travel only.
  20. Air-Way will monitor public health communications regarding COVID-19 recommendations and will ensure that employees have access to that information.  The CDC COVID-19 website will be regularly monitored:

Download the attached PDF for entire Plan Document (1-11-21)

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