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FSEA COVID-19 Resources

The FSEA has created this page to keep its members and the print finishing community up to date on issues arising from COVID-19 that may affect them, their employees and their businesses. If there’s anything we can do to support our members at this time, please reach out by calling 785.271.5816 or email jeff@fsea.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Adopts Revised Enforcement Policies For Coronavirus

Update as of May 19, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued two revised enforcement policies to ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees. First, OSHA is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces. The new enforcement guidance reflects changing circumstances in which many non-critical businesses have begun to reopen in areas of lower community spread. The risk of transmission is lower in specific categories of workplaces, and personal protective equipment potentially needed for inspections is more widely available. OSHA staff will continue to prioritize COVID-19 inspections, and will utilize all enforcement tools as OSHA has historically done. Second, OSHA is revising its previous enforcement policy for recording cases of coronavirus. For more information, visit OSHA’s coronavirus webpage.

Print is Essential
Many businesses involved with print and packaging now can be categorized as “Essential” – particularly those providing critical information updates to affected communities and those involved with medical or defense packaging. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued new guidance on May 19, 2020, that specifically included print businesses within certain sectors of Essential businesses. Read the guidance here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

US States Setting Up Resource Page for Businesses that Can Donate PPE to Healthcare Workers
UUS States, such as Connecticut and Illinois, are setting up sites directing businesses that wish to donate PPE to healthcare workers and hospitals. These PPE supplies could include face shields, coveralls, gloves, masks and more. To find a donation location in your state, go to Google and search “donate PPE (my state).” Included here are links to some state resources:

Illinois: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Disaster/Pages/COVID-19-PPE-Donations.aspx
Minnesota: https://mn.gov/ppe/
Connecticut: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Request-for-Personal-Protective-Equipment
Wisconsin: https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations

"The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation is changing daily. While uncertainty is always difficult in the business world, it’s important to look to the experts for guidance in these unusual times. Links are provided here to give you easy access to resources from the CDC, OSHA, US Chamber of Commerce and the White House."

Safety guidelines:

Guidance for workplace preparation: Potential assistance for business disruption: Click Here for Additional Resources and Links »

For those who are involved with the production of cartons, labels or any type of printed and/or finished materials for packaging, the attached letter can help determine your status as an Essential Business.

On March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. FFCRA will help the US combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.