COVID-19 Manufacturing Resources

Washington will move through a phased reopening county-by-county.

This allows for flexibility and local control to address COVID-19 activity geographically.

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Washington Approach

As manufacturers seek to implement best practices in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Impact Washington has developed a set of resources and consulting services to support these efforts. Our resources are the result of the evaluation and consolidation of available guidance from the MEP National Network, CDC, OSHA, and the Washington State Department of Health. The workforce and economic challenges in the way are real and require thoughtful recovery preparedness. We hope these tools offer clarity and direction to a safer workplace for everyone in manufacturing.

COVID-19 Workplace Preventative & Preparedness Assessment

Impact Washington has begun providing no-cost Assessments to help businesses prepare to return to work. Using funds authorized by the CARES Act signed by the President in April, NIST issued awards to Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers for COVID-19-related projects. Our Assessment follows COVID-19 Response Operational Guidelines for Manufacturing Facilities posted to the Governor’s website on May 12, 2020. Learn more about the assessment > 

COVID-19 Health & Safety Preparedness Consulting

For manufacturers looking for more direct support as they continue operations in a post- COVID-19 environment, Impact Washington is offering virtual consultations. Our manufacturing experts bring decades of experience from companies large and small. We’ve worked as floor managers, product engineers, project managers, executives, researchers, materials scientists, and more. If you require more than simple direction, Impact Washington has the capacity to support manufacturers with a formal project structure. Reach out to learn more >

Safe Work/Return to Work Plan Samples

  • Ford's Return to Work for manufacturers guide. The 64-page book, Manufacturing Return to Work Playbook, covers an expansive list of topics providing very specific instructions and documentation on how to keep workers safe.
  • The Lear Corporation created an extensive back-to-work/safe-work playbook for themselves that they are sharing with other manufacturers. The information represents Lear’s current practices regarding the recommended operation of its manufacturing facilities, where and when permitted by law. The health and safety of their employees is their top priority, and their hope in sharing this information is that it may be of assistance to others.  Safe Work Playbook: An Interactive Guide for COVID-19 Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Additional Resources and References