Coronavirus Resources

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious issue that is hitting MTI members from a lot of different angles in business, staffing, and operations. Below, MTI has assembled a full set of resources for members to access to help you understand the impact of COVID-19 on your heat treat company, and keys to navigating the challenges members are facing.

RECENT SURVEY OF MTI MEMBERS ON COVID-19

What Level is Your Heat Treat Plant Currently Operating At?

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NEW RESOURCE:  FAMILY FIRST RESPONSE ACT REQUIRED POSTED
The PDF file at the following link is a required posted every business is to display in a general location in your operations outlining the key elements for employees in the Family First Response Act.  Please download and post.

CLICK HERE to download poster. 
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NEW RESOURCE:  SUMMARY OF $2.2 TRILLION CARES ACT

The following is a comprehensive outline of the New $2.2 trillion CARES bill passed by Congress and the programs available to small and medium size companies for relief during the COVID-19 crisis.

CLICK HERE to view summary outline from U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

CLICK HERE to view resources breaking down CARES Act from MTI CPA Firm - Withum, Inc.
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LETTER DEFINING YOUR COMPANY AS "ESSENTIAL" DURING SHUTDOWNS
Many states are shutting down businesses not deemed "essential" and "life sustaining" during the CROVID-19 crisis.  MTI's leadership has approved a letter for your use to provide to any state or national government official that demonstrates you are an essential and life sustaining business.

CLICK HERE to download letter.
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DOCUMENT EVERY VISITOR SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SIGN BEFORE VISITING YOUR PLANT
This document is to be given to any visitor who is scheduled to visits your plant to read and sign.  The document informs them if they have recently visited a country with active COVID-19 cases or have shown any symptoms, they will be refused entry into your plant.

CLICK HERE to download letter.

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CURRENT COVID-19 STATS
Worldwide:  CLICK HERE
By Country:   CLICK HERE
USA:  CLICK HERE
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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FORECASTS

This webinar from March 19th, presented by ITR Economics, will leave attendees with greater clarity regarding the future, confidence in executing that future, and the means to share the reasons “why” with their teams. This in turn will enable them to position themselves to maximize their profitability. Profitability can be had in good times and bad, you just have to know what to expect.

CLICK HERE to Replay Webinar

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MTI LIVE WEBCASTS
MTI will be hosting three (3) live webcasts on March 23, 24, and 26, on three different topics extremely important to you in navigating through the COVID-19 environment. Click on each to RSVP for FREE.

Webcast #1 - Mar 23rd:   Impact of Federal Coronavirus Response Act (CLICK REPLAY BELOW) 

The U.S. government is passing through legislation to help small to medium size businesses to deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus. Note that this bill has yet to go before the US Senate. Information contained is very fluid and may change at any time. However, it is important for you to understand how you can leverage the resources in this bill for your company. MTI's Tom Morrison will interview Chad Sorenson, President of Adaptive HR Solutions and MTI 2020 President Jim Oakes from Super Systems to give you the keys you need to know on this newly formed legislation.

CLICK HERE for written summary by Chad Sorenson.



Webcast #2 - Mar 24th: Update on Technical Specifications in the COVID-19 Environment 
(CLICK REPLAY BELOW)

As COVID-19 continues to develop, technical specifications continue to develop as well. MTI's Tom Morrison will interview three MTI members who are highly engaged in the technical specification process with Nadcap, AMEC, CQI-9, and ASTM to bring members up to speed on 2750, 2759, CQU-9, and hardness testing specs.  




Webcast #3 - Mar 26th: Cyber-Security Issues When Using Remote Workers (CLICK REPLAY BELOW)
The social distancing and restrictions many companies are facing with the Coronavirus outbreak is causing more companies to approve more office personnel to work remotely. With an increase in remote workers comes an increase in cyber-security issues. Without the right protections in place, you risk opening your company up to a variety of threats. MTI's Tom Morrison will interview Nick Espinosa from Security Fanatics, to provide you the keys you need to think through remote workers and the impact on your cyber-security protections.



Documents Nick Espinosa Refers to:

Contingency-Disaster Recovery Plan Template:  CLICK HERE
Summary of Cybersecurity Issues With Remote Workers:  CLICK HERE

Suggested Products in Webcast For You to Consider:

- Firewall - Palo Alto Networks
- Antivirus - Deep Instinct
- Spam Filter - Proofpoint
- Identity Management - Okta

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OTHER KEY RESOURCES
- National Association of Manufacturers Policy Action Plan in Response to COVID-19  
(CLICK HERE)

- Department of Health & Human Services Business Pandemic Checklist
(CHECKLIST)

- Latest Updates from the Center of Disease Control  
(CLICK HERE)

- Information from OSHA for Workers & Employers
(CLICK HERE)

- OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplace for COVID-19
(CLICK HERE)

- Center for Disease Control Guidance for Employers and Businesses
(CLICK HERE)


- EPAs recommended list of registered disinfectants that are qualified for use against COVID-19
(CLICK HERE)

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PRACTICAL STEPS FOR DAILY OPERATIONS IN YOUR PLANT

SUPPLY CHAIN (CUSTOMERS-EMPLOYEES)
Email or call all your customers/suppliers and let them know you are still open and operating if not restricted.  Numerous members have indicate both are calling and asking.  Don't make them ask.  Show them you are proactive and are there for them.


EMPLOYEE CONFIDENCE
Gather your company employees together and reassure them of where you are at.  Many are wondering if your company is "essential business."  Of course you are.  Planes don't fly, cars don't go and houses don't get built without heat treating.  Have open Q&A with teams to rally them through this time.  Many are feeling uncertain about where things are and you have a big influence on them.  Plus it says you care.  Loyalty is huge when they know you care.

PRACTICE GOOD HAND WASHING HABITS
"Emphasize hand-washing year-round and highlight it during flu season," suggested Howard Mavity, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Atlanta. "Creatively keep the need fresh on employees' minds."

The CDC has said that keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps to avoid the spread of germs. The agency recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Employers can print and post CDC fact sheets that remind employees when to wash their hands, including:

  • After using the bathroom.
  • Before, during and after food preparation.
  • Before eating food.
  • After blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • After caring for someone who is sick or after changing a child's diaper.
  • After handling pets or other animals or their food and waste.
  • After touching garbage.

Employees should use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, noted Sean Paisan, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Orange County, Calif.

The CDC said alcohol-based hand sanitizers should contain 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol, but washing with soap and water is preferable, particularly if hands are visibly dirty.

PRACTICE COUGHING AND SNEEZING ETIQUETTE
Considering how similar viruses spread, people infected with COVID-19 may be spreading the virus through respiratory secretions when they cough or sneeze, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). "There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 as the outbreak investigation continues," the agency stated on its webpage, noting that existing OSHA standards apply to protecting workers from COVID-19.

The CDC noted that previous outbreaks of coronavirus have spread through close contact with sick people. "A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing."

To help prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends:

  • Avoiding coughing or sneezing into your hands.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Putting used tissue in a wastebasket.


CLEAN YOUR WORK STATION
Employers should encourage employees and housekeeping staff to routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as keyboards, remote controls, desks, countertops and doorknobs.

Will regular cleaning products kill the bug? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said coronaviruses are among "the easiest to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product." But the EPA noted that emerging viral pathogens are less common and predictable than established pathogens, so few EPA-registered disinfectant products specifically target them. Credible products may not yet carry a label promising to kill COVID-19.

The CDC recommended using the cleaning agents that are usually used to clean work surfaces, doorknobs and countertops and to follow the directions on the label. The agency also suggested that employers provide disposable wipes so that workers can easily wipe down commonly used surfaces.

A best practice, however, is to avoid contact with people who are sick. "If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs," the CDC said.
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If you have any questions, contact the MTI office at tom@heattreat.net.