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270.854.9455

136 Second Street, Suite 500
Henderson, KY 42420

Henderson Economic Development is here to be the connector for our existing industries to the resources/information that is needed to help maintain production as you see fit.  Please see below some of the resources that we have compiled of some questions we have received thus far. 

Kentucky Executive Order: https://governor.ky.gov/covid19

Transportation/truck traffic (we will update as we receive updates): https://transportation.ky.gov/NewsRoom/Transportation%20Cabinet%20Issues%20Official%20Order%20for%20commercial%20drivers.pdf

Unemployment Insurance: https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Please find below the most up-to-date information and instructions regarding employer filed Mass Electronic Claim (E-Claims) for unemployment insurance.The necessary documents are accessible via these downloadable links:
Employer Information E-Claim Guide (IMPORTANT: REVIEW FIRST)

Employer Directions for Submitting an E-Claim File

E-Claim Data Error Reporting

Example of Claimant Directions

The E-Claim Template

  • This is the actual E-Claim file that the employer will submit to the Office of Unemployment Insurance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to initiate the claim filing. E-Claim Template . The downloadable Excel file template must be used.

Please note that the “return to work date within 4 weeks” requirement is temporarily suspended. Due to the current situation, we are allowing employers to file for the employees even if the layoff may extend beyond that time-period.

Here is a link to the UI Debit Card Info for employees. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mass Electronic Claim for Unemployment Insurance at 502-564-2369 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Small Business Administration- Guidance and loan informationhttps://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
https://www.kychamber.com/news/coronavirus/sba

KY Business Incentives & business support: https://www.thinkkentucky.com/Locating_Expanding/kybizince.aspx

COVID-19 Industry Resources

Record keeping suggestions for COVID-19: http://hendersonema.org/is-your-business-affected-by-covid-19/

Some of these policies and procedures may be repetitive but we wanted to list all that we have received.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 

  • Establish site level local task force: Director of Operations/EHS and HR Staff
  • For central point of commination; strategy, etc.
  • Communicate to all site personnel COVID-19 prevention best practices. Consistent Reminders.
  • Via plant postings, email blasts and small group meetings. Keep the team informed.
  • What to do if sick? Provide guidance to site personnel on steps to take if sick.
  • How to handle employees who may be ill (location to isolate/medical department).
  • Identification and protection of “At Risk” personnel. Communicate heightened awareness and PPE guidance for Healthcare workers as well as those routinely deal with the public (shipping/receiving and security personnel, etc.)
  • Establish enhanced Cleaning Protocols for high touch/high exposure areas
  • Manage needed cleaning supplies, protective materials and PPE (disinfectants; cleaning supplies; hand sanitizer; masks/latex gloves, etc.)---ensure adequate supplies
  • Implement Meeting Etiquette---No large face to face meetings (10 people max)
  • Upgrade Visitor Control protocol (Identify critical visitors and communicate to non-critical visitors the need to eliminate all non-essential visits)
  • Implement Social Distancing -  Cafeteria/Locker Rooms —avoid grouping and manage locker room accessibility
  • 1. Establish site level local task force

COVID 19 Task Force

  • The Director of Operations or site leader, along with HR/EHS and operations leadership shall develop team to execute strategy as it relates to the implementation of COVID-19 systems.
  • This team shall establish a cadence of regular meetings (at least once per day) to address concerns relate to COVID-19 task management. For central point of commination; strategy, etc.
  • Need a consistent, unified message.
  • Progress shall be tracked and documented.

2. Communicate to all site personnel COVID-19 Prevention best practices

Practice good hygiene

  • Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders by email
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly – increase frequency
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows if feasible

Be careful with meetings and travel

  • Business air travel and business conferences are prohibited until further notice
  • Employees who travel to a high-risk area as identified by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) for personal reasons (e.g., vacation) are to notify their Human Resources Department and will be advised on protocol for returning to work
  • Meetings at facilities with more than 10 people are prohibited unless approved by designated staff
  • Use videoconferencing/WebEx for meetings when possible
  • If in-person meetings are required, meetings are to be held in well-ventilated spaces and participants should practice social distancing by staying at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart

Handle food carefully

  • Eliminate food sharing
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay home if

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

Repeatedly, creatively, and thoroughly encourage employees and others to take the following steps. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially those who are sick
  • Refrain from shaking hands with others for the time being
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Perhaps the most important message you can give to employees: stay home when you are sick

Repeatedly, creatively, and thoroughly encourage employees and others to take the following steps. As an employer, we should be doing the following:

  • Ensure that employees have ample facilities to wash their hands, including warm water and soap, and that third-party cleaning/custodial schedules are accelerated.
  • Evaluate your remote work capacities and policies. WebEx/Teleconference or use other remote work tools in lieu of meeting in person.
  • Consider staggering employee starting and departing times, along with lunch and break periods, to minimize overcrowding in common areas such as elevators, break rooms, etc.
  • Consider staggering production times and schedules to minimize employee interaction. Review if this is feasible/possible.
  • Have a single point of contact for employees for all concerns that arise relating to health and safety.
  • Follow updates from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding additional precautions.
  • Keep postings, poster and new development in front of people.
  • 3. What to do if sick?

What to do if an employee appears sick?

  • If any employee presents themselves at work with a fever or difficulty in breathing, this indicates that they should seek medical evaluation.
  • While these symptoms are not always associated with influenza and the likelihood of an employee having the COVID-19 coronavirus is extremely low, it pays to err on the side of caution.
  • Communicate to your supervisors on the importance of not overreacting to situations in the workplace potentially related to COVID-19 in order to prevent panic among the workforce.

Guidance:

Stay home except to get medical care

  • You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Seek medical advice

  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor and tell them that you may have 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • Telemedicine services (e.g., MDLive) are also an option for medical advice.

Separate yourself from other people in your home

  • As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Clean your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Guidance:

Avoid sharing personal household items

  • You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wear a facemask

  • You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • 4. Establish area to isolate employees who may be ill
    Medical department

Separate sick employees

  • The CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.
  • Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Medical professionals shall use Standard Precautions, Contact Precautions, and Airborne Precautions and eye protection when caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
  • 5. Identification and protection of “At Risk” personnel
    Communicate heightened awareness and guidance for affected personnel

Healthcare Personnel

Healthcare personnel caring for patients with possible COVID-19 should adhere to CDC recommendations for infection control and prevention (ICP):

  • Assess patients with acute respiratory symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19 to minimize chances of exposure, including placing a facemask on the patient and isolating them;
  • Use Standard Precautions, Contact Precautions, and Airborne Precautions and eye protection when caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19;
  • Perform hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves. Use soap and water if hands are visibly soiled;
  • Practice how to properly don, use, and doff personal protective equipment (PPE) in a manner to prevent self-contamination

Shipping/receiving and security personnel, etc.

  • Utilize social distancing
  • Avoid direct physical contact, such as hand-shaking, hugs, etc.
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Provide latex gloves for use

6. Implement Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

In addition to our current cleaning schedule, it is now necessary to institute enhanced cleaning protocols to include more frequent cleaning of high touch point areas, to include: cafeterias, restroom/locker room areas, countertops, handrails and doorknobs.

Cleaning and Disinfection:

Cleaning removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces or objects, while disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Staff should perform cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched areas routinely.

  • Step 1: Cleaning: Always clean surfaces prior to use of disinfectants in order to reduce soil and remove germs. Dirt and other materials on surfaces can reduce the effectiveness of disinfectants. For combination products that can both clean and disinfect, always follow the instructions on the specific product label to ensure effective use.
  • Step 2: Disinfection: Cleaning of soiled areas must be completed prior to disinfection to ensure the effectiveness of the disinfectant product. Use a disinfectant labeled to be effective against viruses. If such products are unavailable, it is also acceptable to use a fresh 2% chlorine bleach solution (approximately 1 tablespoon of bleach in 1 quart of water). Prepare the bleach solution daily or as needed.

Cleaning and Disinfection:

Label directions must be followed when using disinfectants to ensure the target viruses are effectively killed. This includes adequate contact times (i.e., the amount of time a disinfectant should remain on surfaces to be effective), which may vary between five and ten minutes after application. Disinfectants that come in a wipe form will also list effective contact times on their label.

  • For disinfectants that come in concentrated forms, it is important to carefully follow instructions for making the diluted concentration needed to effectively kill the target virus. This information can be found on the product label.
  • 6. Implement Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning and Disinfection:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting should be conducted by staff who have been trained to use products in a safe and effective manner. Staff should be reminded to ensure procedures for safe and effective use of all products are followed. Staff do not need to wear respiratory protection while cleaning.
  • Safety instructions are listed on product labels and include the personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves) that should be used. Place all used gloves in a bag that can be tied closed before disposing of them with other waste. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately after removing gloves or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly soiled.
  • 7. Manage needed cleaning supplies, protective materials and PPE
    Ensure adequate supplies

Disinfectants; cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer

We need to be mindful of the hysteria related to the COVID-19 virus and how this can impact our ability to obtain supplies needed to keep our employees safe. We are committed to conserving the supplies needed to maintaining employee safety.

  • Our teams will continue to work to ensure adequate supplies are available.
  • If an area is experiencing an issue or supply shortage, you should reach out to your normal site contact for guidance.
  • We will continue to monitor inventory levels and will remain in direct communication with vendors to ensure adequate supply.

Assess risk and use PPE appropriate for exposure

  • Nitrile gloves
  • Latex gloves
  • Masks
  • Filtering Facepiece Respirator's
  • Goggles/Face shield
  • Gowns

*Ensure adequate supplies and maintain close contact with vendors related to available materials and inventories

  • 8. Implement Meeting Etiquette

Meeting Guidelines

  • Meetings at Accuride facilities with more than 10 people are prohibited unless approved by Robin Kendrick.
  • Use videoconferencing/WebEx for meetings when possible.
  • If in-person meetings are required, meetings are to be held in well-ventilated spaces and participants should practice social distancing by staying at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart.
  • Have sanitizer available in all meeting rooms.
  • 9. Visitor Control protocol

Identify essential visitors and communicate to non-essential visitors the need to eliminate all non-essential visits

  • No nonessential visitors are permitted at all company locations until further notice.
  • If the visitor performs services that must be done in facilities or has business-critical meetings, they are required to complete the COVID-19 Visitor Questionnaire.
  • To protect the health of everyone at our sites, we will now require additional screening of all visitors prior to entry into facilities.
  • Effective immediately, all visitors entering facilities are required to complete the COVID-19 Visitor Questionnaire. If any questions are answered “yes,” access will be denied and the visitor will be asked to reschedule their meeting or make other arrangements.  
  • This process will be administered at the site level using visitor management protocols.
  • Site leadership shall determine those visitors who are essential to run their business and those that are non-essential and manage accordingly.  

This is a fluid situation, please proceed with caution when managing this process to ensure we are doing what is best for our employees and business. 

10. Implement Social Distancing Protocols

Guidance

  • Maintain safe distance (If in-person meetings are required, participants should practice social distancing by staying at least 2 meters (6 feet) apart.
  • Avoid activities that involve close interaction
  • Avoid the crowded areas
  • Avoid handshakes and hugs
  • Avoid schools, movie theaters, sporting events, or other higher mixing areas
  • Avoid necessary places like stores during peak hours
  • Avoid rush hour and any situation that tends to attract many people
  • Be careful with public pens and other such things
  • Don’t hold or attend large meetings or gatherings

Action Plans

Summarize in a Site Level Action Plan

  • Establish site level local task force: Director of Operations/EHS and HR Staff
  • For central point of commination; strategy, etc.
  • Communicate to all site personnel COVID-19 prevention best practices. Consistent Reminders.
  • Via plant postings, email blasts and small group meetings. Keep the team informed.
  • What to do if sick? Provide guidance to site personnel on steps to take if sick.
  • How to handle employees who may be ill (location to isolate/medical department).
  • Identification and protection of “At Risk” personnel. Communicate heightened awareness and PPE guidance for Healthcare workers as well as those routinely deal with the public (shipping/receiving and security personnel, etc.)
  • Establish enhanced Cleaning Protocols for high touch/high exposure areas
  • Manage needed cleaning supplies, protective materials and PPE (disinfectants; cleaning supplies; hand sanitizer; masks/latex gloves, etc.)---ensure adequate supplies
  • Implement Meeting Etiquette---No large face to face meetings (10 people max)
  • Upgrade Visitor Control protocol (Identify critical visitors and communicate to non-critical visitors the need to eliminate all non-essential visits)

•      Implement Social Distancing -  Cafeteria/Locker Rooms —avoid grouping and manage locker room accessibility

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COVID-19 Paid Time Off Benefit (Effective March 16 ,2020)

We recognize the many personal hardships that have been created by the COVID-19 virus.  Examples include, but are not limited to, school/daycare closings, quarantine situations, and making eldercare arrangements.  Please contact Human Resources to learn more about this special benefit that is being offered to employees in response to the COVID-19 virus.    This special benefit is in addition to any existing benefits that employees have.

 Remote Working Arrangements (Effective Immediately)

To minimize the number of people in the facility at this time and promote social distancing; we are implementing remote working arrangements for the groups listed below.  Remote work arrangements will be scheduled in two (1) week increments and the program will be assessed on a daily basis. 

  • Engineering – Adjusted work schedule (4-10’s)
  • Supply Chain – Rotating Telecommuting
  • Customer Service, Account Management
  • Finance

Any exceptions to this will be discussed locally and the company will work to ensure that all hardware is provided to support remote work.   Daily calls with leadership team members will be in place to help ensure that we all stay connected through this time.  There will also be on site Operational Leadership, EHS and HR presence daily.

Additional Countermeasures

The Site is working with suppliers to provide additional cleaning and sanitation options for employees above and beyond our basic cleaning services.  Recently, the site brought additional large hand sanitizer pumps for desks, put up 10 additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the site with 5 more ready to be installed, 7 tubs of sanitizing wipes, and have personal bottles of hand sanitizer for desks or work stations on order.  Distribution point for sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer is the EHS office. Disinfectant spray bottles have been placed at each work station on the manufacturing floor – employees spray surfaces that are touched by hand at the beginning and end of their shift.

An additional cleaning schedule has been established for Officer personnel and includes the common areas outside their respective offices such as door knobs, printers, keyboards, forklifts, phones, time clocks, vending machines and drinking fountains – these areas are disinfected twice per day.

A restricted area has been established for delivery truck drivers and a portable restroom has been placed near the dock entrance for their use.

The cafeteria has been rearranged to adhere to the social distancing standards set by the CDC.

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  • Wash hands regularly with soap and hot water for at least twenty seconds.
  • Use disinfection wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Whenever you or your family members have been exposed to viruses avoid physical contact like handshakes, hugs etc.
  • When coughing or sneezing cough into your elbow or arm and not into your hand to prevent spreading anything to your eyes, mouth or others.
  • During this flu season we suggest that the safety topic at the start of internal meetings, as well as meetings with our business partners, be a reminder to follow advised hygiene practices.
  • Note that our “hold the handrail” policy remains in full force. We consider the risk of falling down the stairs significantly higher than that of an infection. To avoid any risk of infection, please follow strict hygiene rules after using the handrail shall apply.
  • If you are sick with the flu or flu symptoms, we ask that you work from home or take a sick day as needed to not infect your peers.

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Drivers should:

1: Drivers should disinfect or clean their vehicle prior to each shift if the potential exists that the vehicle could have been used by other employees, mechanics, etc. as there is a potential, they contaminated the cab. Utilize proper PPE when completing this task as follows- disposable gloves (latex, etc.); safety glasses and faceshield. Upon completion, immediately wash your hands or use sanitizing gel as described in Step #9.

2: Avoid touching mouth, eyes, nose, and ears with hands.

3: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or at a minimum, cover your mouth.

4: Practice “Social Distancing” by maintaining a minimum of 6 feet from other individuals. This includes facility breakrooms.

5: Avoid shaking hands or other bodily contact.

6: Avoid offices, where possible. Try to remain in an “open air” environment.

7: If tablet is used, driver should ask the customer representative’s name and hand write their name in the tablet. This can be followed by the drivers initials and “Covid-19” or “Coronavirus” to illustrate the signature was added by our employee at the time of this pandemic. The same approach is also to be utilized for signing paper bills of lading.

8: Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use sanitizing gel following interactions at customer site(s), gas stations/truck stops, restaurants, restrooms or any time you have direct contact with any other individual or surfaces such as doors, handrails, etc.

9: Report any potential exposure at a customer site or en otherwise, to your management team for further guidance.

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 Our committed associates are taking every precaution, including washing hands and social distancing methods like staggering or splitting shifts so we limit interactions, wiping down devices after each customer visit, and staying home if we are sick or in contact with someone exposed to the virus. While every emergency situation is different, we believe our commitment to emergency preparedness, extensive resources, strong national infrastructure, programs to help associates manage impacts to them from the event, and experience during past emergency situations position us well to respond to your needs.

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 WORKFLOW FOR DELIVERIES & OTHER ROUTINE SERVICE PROVIDERS

In the effort to minimize possible exposure to “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19) among our colleagues and communities, company has implemented new procedures applying to all commercial delivery drivers delivering to company facilities (“Drivers”).

1) As of March 16 through March 31 (the “Distancing Period”) and until instructed otherwise, Drivers who are not performing business critical operations should refrain from entering a company facility to the extent possible.

2) The company security guard(s) should contact the local site EHSS representative to determine whether any inbound and/or outbound shipment and/or delivery is business critical.

3) If a shipment and/or delivery during the Delivery Period IS NOT business critical, the relevant company host/interested party should:

a. Coordinate with the Driver to defer such delivery to the extent possible; or

b. Engage with the local security and EHSS focal point to ensure that such deliveries are managed safely, observing recommended social distancing1 practices.

“Social Distancing” is the deliberate increase of physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Individuals should stay at least six feet away from other people.

4) If the shipment and/or delivery during the Distancing Period IS business critical, the relevant EHSS site representative will work with the relevant company teams for the shipment and/or delivery in question to coordinate the appropriate manner for shipment and/or delivery with the Driver and will follow the guidelines below:

a. Drivers must not enter company buildings or operating areas unless directed by company EHSS personnel.

b. Site security and/or the EHSS focal point should provide the following instructions to Drivers:

i. Excepted as permitted below, drivers should remain inside the vehicles at all times upon entering the company facility.

ii. Drivers may exit the vehicle when necessary for performance of essential job duties (e.g., disconnecting/connecting trailer, unloading/loading, delivering packages to pre-determined areas, etc.).

iii. In the event of an emergency alarm, drivers are to report to the nearest Muster Station and follow company employee’s instructions.

iv. While out of their vehicles, Drivers shall, to the extent possible, remain at least 6 feet from others and minimize prolonged meetings and conversations.

v. Drivers needing to exit their vehicles for any reason other than to perform his/her essential job duties must request permission to do so from Company personnel prior to exiting the vehicle.

c. Once the Driver’s duties are complete, local security focal point should direct them to return to their vehicle and leave the site

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Working from home:

**Working remotely has a lot of benefits: flexibility, increased productivity, and no commute!  Before you relish in the comfort of your home, keep these 4 tips in mind to ensure you are as productive and efficient as possible:

  • Designate a space for work – When working from home it is important to create a designated workspace. As much as you might want to work from the comfort of your own bed, it’s not going to aid in your productivity or health
  • Communicate – Since you are no longer right next to your co-workers, schedule team check-ins or create team chats to connect on projects, daily tasks, etc.
  • Structure – Structure your workday by planning out which tasks need to take priority and set working hours where you shut everything off and focus on the work that needs your attention.
  • Don’t forget to leave work – When working from home you are always in the office. Its important to stick with your schedule.

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Operations Manager Update

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the viral outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. This means that there is sustained community transmission of the virus in most regions of the world.  It looks and feels like the seasonal flu, with symptoms of fever over 100.4 F, shortness of breath, and dry cough. It is spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people already infected with COVID-19. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

At company, we must continue our efforts to ensure the safety and wellness of our employees and our families.  I will continue to provide status updates on our preparedness plans and business to keep you as informed as possible.  If you have questions or would like to see more information around a particular aspect of our preparedness plan or business condition, please contact your supervisor with your question.  I will seek to address as many of your questions as possible.

What is company doing in reaction to COVID-19?

Over the Road Trucking Interactions

  • No more than 10 trucks are allowed back unless communicated to Plant Protection from the specific production center.
  • Plant Protection will turn drivers away if they have a fever or show symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Specific cleaning services established every shift in trucker areas.
  • Drivers are required to stay in designated areas, not allowed to roam around or contact operators.
  • Signs posted on company restrooms “For company Use Only” (extra portable facilities are available for driver use)
  • When available, employees will give specific instructions over the radio or phone;  If not possible, employees must maintain 6’ clearance from truckers
  • Employees will not share pens or other office supplies (rubber gloves available to use for every employee in the area dealing with truckers for handling of paperwork)
  • Employees should wash their hands with soap following every interaction;  Employees should avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth whenever possible.

Keeping the Plant Clean

  • Cleaning logs will be deployed on all bathroom doors to ensure bathrooms are being cleaned daily, and are cleaned to acceptable standards.  Company employees will complete the log each time they clean a restroom.
  • More hand sanitizer has been placed on order, to be made available for employees. 

Protecting Our Business

  • We are purchasing additional ___ units, above our plan, to manage a predicted tightening up in the ____market supply.
  • Reviews are being held with our Finished Goods trucking companies to ensure they can meet our needs as the situation progresses.
  • Customer demand continues to remain steady.  We are forecasting a slight ahead position for shipments by month end.

What can you do to prevent COVID-19?

To prevent infection and the spread of flu-like illness, we encourage employees and their families to follow these guidelines:

  • Use social distancing (at least 3’ clearance from your co-worker (pay attention during your regular breaks!).
  • If possible, don’t join gatherings of more than 10 people, unless requested by your supervisor.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of used tissues right away. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than your hand.
  • Wash hands often with soap and dry them thoroughly, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Wherever possible, avoid close contact with sick people. Try to maintain a distance of about 3 feet if possible.
  • Stay informed.  The WHO and CDC update their websites as new information becomes available about COVID-19
    Following are links to their websites: 

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

  • In addition, you should stay alert to local public health guidance, including country, province, territory, state or county. Follow local public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Continue to practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active.

We are diligently working to implement and improve a comprehensive preparedness plan for this situation. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our employees and community. While we understand this can be a time of concern and uncertainty, it is vitally important that we focus on safe work practices to reduce distractions. Thank you for all of your hard work during these trying times!

If you have any questions, please talk to your supervisor, HR representative or our medical department.

 

 

 

COVID-19

Just like many of you, Henderson Economic Development is working to be as proactive as possible during these unprecedented times.  We continue to discuss and collaborate with local and state officials as well as community partners. We are working to compile a list of local businesses that are offering online and curbside services. You can also  share with your employees Love what’s local 42420, this is a Facebook page with local businesses that are offering such services.

Below is a list of resources that may be of help to you:

UNEMPLOYMENT-We realize that because of COVID-19 there could be a loss of jobs. Gov. Beshear has waved the waiting period for unemployment for those who are losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and will waive any work-search requirements while Kentucky’s state of emergency is in effect.

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet-Resources:

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

The Cabinet’s business development project managers will be making calls to existing Kentucky manufacturers, service and tech companies. Their project managers will offer insight, assistance and guidance during this time.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Congress recently passed legislation providing additional funding to the SBA, which the administration is making available through its Economic Injury Disaster Assistance Loan (EIDL) program.

The program is just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury from COVID-19.
  • Gov. Andy Beshear sent a request to the SBA on Mon. March 16 that allows small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to seek SBA loans to help alleviate COVID-19-related economic injury.
  • With that request in place, the SBA can provide application info about its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to for-profit and non-profit small businesses across all of Kentucky.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that a business cannot pay due to COVID-19.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business.
  • The interest rate for small businesses without credit available elsewhere is 3.75%; the interest rate for non-profit organizations is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • Apply for an EIDL at www.sba.gov/disaster. Due to website traffic, please exercise patience.
  • For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Availability of these loans comes as a result of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act recently signed by the President, providing additional funding to the SBA.

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear is holding daily news conferences to provide the latest COVID-19-related announcements. These are live streamed to his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GovAndyBeshear/

Each briefing is followed by a news release, available at www.kentucky.gov.

Employers and residents can stay up to date on the latest Kentucky COVID-19 information at:

www.KyCOVID19.ky.gov