EHS Professionals Gaining New Respect According to Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler

May 07 08:00 2020
EHS Professionals Gaining New Respect According to Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler

Environmental health and safety professionals have always been important safety voices in manufacturing, never more than now, during COVID-19 according to manufacturing journalist, TR Cutler.

As OSHA offered COVID-19 Guidance for the Manufacturing Industry Workforce, the EHS teams are tasked with supporting OSHA which is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times.

Cutler suggested that new SaaS technologies are being offered to EHS leaders in the manufacturing industry. The reduction of the risk of exposure to the coronavirus is the life and death hot topic about when and whether manufacturing plants can or cannot safely reopen. OSHA’s guidance includes:

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Cutler noted that in the small manufacturing operation, these functions and tasks migrate to OHS (Occupation Health and Safety) and HR (Human Resources).

About TR Cutler, Inc.

Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium.

During COVID-19 Cutler is advising manufacturers, industrial leaders, supply chain professionals, and C-level executives how to best navigate Q2/Q3 2020, to have an amazing pipeline of sales and sales content for Q3 2020 and beyond.

Cutler has authored more than 7,000 articles for a wide range of manufacturing periodicals, industrial publications, and business journals. Cutler is the most published freelance industrial journalist worldwide, and more than 4200 industry leaders follow Cutler on Twitter daily at @ThomasRCutler.

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