August 21, 2020

How to Run Your Manufacturing Business Amidst COVID-19

Manufacturing industry experts are suggesting numerous safety standards that will reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. In this post, we’ll review these precautions and explain how you can afford them during these challenging times.

4 Tips to Run Your Business Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

1. Train Employees on New Best Practices

It's understandable that your workforce isn’t accustomed to working amidst a pandemic or following new industry standards. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that your team understands how your operations will change during this time. When you reopen, train employees on how to properly put on, use, and remove protective gear and manufacturing equipment. This will help them know how to protect themselves, their coworkers, and their families. Provide clear instructions on all job site rules, so that they’re prepared to safely work in these new conditions.

2. Promote Social Distancing

Most likely, you and your team understand the importance of social distancing during this time. That's why you must ensure that employees can maintain six feet of distance. To do this, you may need to install plexiglass shields so that there are barriers between employee workstations. If your business’s operating location is too small to ensure social distancing, it might be prudent to stagger employee shifts.

3. Provide Necessary Tools and Equipment

In the past, you may have allowed employees to share tools or equipment. At this time, having communal items isn’t safe, as it can increase the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Of course, purchasing additional tools and equipment can be expensive, so consider exploring your financial options. For example, Fora Financial provides manufacturing business loans that are made to fit each company's unique needs. So, if your company requires additional equipment, this type of financing could be beneficial.

4. Take Employees’ Temperatures at the Start of Each Shift

Businesses in many industries are requiring employees to have their temperatures taken prior to entering the establishment. At the start of an employee’s shift, take their temperature to ensure they aren’t sick. If they have a fever, it’s best that they stay home until they’re feeling better. Although this might seem like a time-consuming initiative, it’ll protect your employees from COVID-19.

5. Make Cleaning and Disinfecting a Top Priority

During this time, cleanliness should be a top priority in the workplace. This means hiring a professional cleaning crew to disinfect your business location on a weekly (if not daily) basis. If you can’t afford professional cleanings, use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List N. In addition, all employees should have access to handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, and disposable towels for cleaning workstations and surfaces.

Conclusion

These uncertain times can be overwhelming for business owners. Still, it’s possible to resume operations if you comply with state and industry standards. To implement these measures and make necessary purchases, you may want to pursue additional business funding. We know that having access to working capital during this time is a top priority, and we’re here to help. Editor’s Note: This post was updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in August 2020.