OSHA Provides COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce

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With sign shops and graphics providers across the national now being deemed “essential businesses,” it’s important for professionals to be safe in the shop and out in the field. With this in mind, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has issued an alert committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times.

The agency will be issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to keep workers safe, and according to OSHA, if you are in the manufacturing industry, these tips can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure:

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
  • Establish flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
  • Practice sensible social distancing and maintain six feet between co-workers, where possible.
  • For work activities where social distancing is a challenge, consider limiting the duration of these activities and/or implementing innovative approaches, such as temporarily moving or repositioning workstations to create more distance or installing barriers (e.g., plexiglass shields) between workstations.
  • Monitor public health communications about COVID-19 recommendations for the workplace and ensure that workers have access to and understand that information.
  • Train workers on how to properly put on, use/wear, take-off, and maintain protective clothing and equipment.
  • Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent spread of the virus.
  • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Discourage workers from using other workers’ tools and equipment.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N or that have label claims against the coronavirus.
  • To the extent tools or equipment must be shared, provide and instruct workers to use alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after use. When cleaning tools and equipment, workers should consult manufacturer recommendations for proper cleaning techniques and restrictions.
  • Promote personal hygiene. If workers do not have access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Provide disinfectants and disposable towels workers can use to clean work surfaces.
  • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

For more information, visit call (800) 321-6742 or visit www.osha.gov/coronavirus.