Back-to-Work Protocol for Manufacturers Post-COVID-19

IndustryWeek | May 04, 2020

Back-to-Work Protocol for Manufacturers Post-COVID-19
As the United States slowly begins to reawaken and try to shake off the economic nightmare created by the Coronavirus pandemic, employers need to take operational steps necessary to promote effective health and safety practices dictated by law and good sense.

Making the matter more difficult are the large number of federal, state and local regulatory bodies responsible for imposing and enforcing these laws and declarations. This is especially problematic for multistate employers who have to deal with wildly varying restrictive environments. While some states seem to be rushing to reduce their restrictions, others are making little or no change.

The Trump Administration has issued guidelines for employers who are preparing to reopen their workplaces, encouraging employers to develop and implement policies dealing with social distancing and personal protective equipment; temperature checks; COVID-19 testing, isolation and contact tracing; sanitation; how to use and disinfect high traffic areas; and the need to still limit business travel.

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Annealing is a process of increasing temperature to improve firmness, tensile strength and a heat resistance of a given object. It’s a well-known procedure when creating metal or injected plastic parts. With 3D prints it’s just less known – it’s applicable nonetheless.

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