Safety Best Practices During COVID-19 Reopening

Forest Products Industry Safety Best Practices

A key focus of FRA as defined by our Mission statement is to communicate relevant and timely information promoting safety to our members. We are all seeing the important and crucial role that safety has during the current COVID-19 crisis that has disrupted both the forest products industry and the world at large.

During these difficult times, FRA members and industry partners are implementing and sharing useful and critical information on how they are doing their part to keep their employees and customers safe. Click HERE to find information and suggestions concerning best practices on social distancing, work procedures, and travel as submitted by FRA members and our industry partners. All information is anonymous.

CDC and OSHA Safety Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its workplace pandemic guidance in November to remove a provision that allowed essential workers thought to have been exposed to Covid-19 but not exhibiting symptoms to stay on the job without quarantining. Read more HERE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website is a great resource on how to keep yourself safe from COVID-19. Resources available on the CDC website include:

  • How Coronavirus Spreads
  • How to Protect Yourself
  • Cloth Face Covers
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Social Distancing and Wearing Gloves

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website is also a great reference tool on making sure you have the most up to date information about keeping your workplace safe.

Other OSHA resources include:

On January 21, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety. The order directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) by March 15 as well as updating employer guidance focused on protecting workers from COVID-19. The executive order also directs OSHA to review and make necessary changes to enforcement efforts and coordinate with states to ensure that all workers are covered by any new OSHA standards or rules. Read more HERE

How Other Manufacturing Industries are Promoting COVID-19 Safety

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the forest products industry has emphasized the importance of taking steps to be safe. However, to make sure our industry is staying at forefront of instilling a safety culture, it is essential to look beyond the forest products industry and take in examples from other manufacturing industries on how they are promoting safety during COVID-19.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is a national trade association located in Washington, DC, representing 14,000 member companies in every industrial sector in the United States. During the COVID-19 pandemic, NAM has released excellent safety guidance for manufacturers and helpful examples of what other manufacturing companies are doing to promote safety in their workplaces and industries. Please Click HERE to review more information on NAM’s efforts.