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San Diego Companies Help Each Other During COVID Pandemic

By Madeline Trapnell 2 months ago

There's no doubt that the last few weeks have been undeniably disparate thanks to COVID-19. On March 11 2020, the Coronavirus outbreak was allocated a global pandemic. The sudden advancement of the outbreak and its transmission over many healthcare organizations led to a deficit of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which could not be solved by expanding and increasing its production. With healthcare professionals relying on PPE to protect themselves and prevent the spread of disease, personal protective equipment was in demand more than ever. In a time of great change and division, our business associates have been persistent in their pledge to support their customers. Though the Coronavirus outbreak has provoked lots of turmoil and unrest, one thing that has remained evident is that people want to help those who have been affected the most.

Black Box Safety Inc., local SDVOSB/DVBE firm in San Diego, CA was called to action when we received a contract with the state of California to supply 250,000 pairs of safety goggles for California frontline healthcare workers in response to COVID-19. When The original supplier for the goggles was unable to provide within a suitable time frame, we conducted a global search for manufacturers of safety goggles that would meet the State of California stringent safety standards. Ironically, the source of the safety goggles ended up being in our own backyard. Local Pacific Beach company Blenders, founded by Chase Fisher, and non-profit organization, Direct Relief were able to provide support and guidance to help Black Box Safety get 250,000 safety goggles manufactured and delivered to the State of California in rapid time. Blenders and Direct Relief provided this aid free of charge and asked for nothing but good will in return. Times like these provide all of us with the opportunity to improve, support individuals in need, and to show who we really are on the inside.

Health and Safety in the Warehouse During COVID-19

By Burt Sims 2 months ago


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If you own a warehouse, you’ve likely implemented various equipment and policies to keep your employees and customers safe. However, you may have to make some adjustments to your safety plan during the coronavirus pandemic. So, consider taking some additional steps to keep everyone healthy as your business navigates the changes brought on by COVID-19. Here are some great coronavirus safety tips to consider for your warehouse!

Hire a Warehouse Manager

As a business owner, you probably don’t have a lot of time to commit to warehouse-related tasks. This is why it’s important to hire a warehouse manager. Warehouse managers are responsible for coordinating employees and keeping everything running smoothly, ensuring your customers receive their orders quickly and accurately — which is especially important during this period of increased online shopping!

According to 6 River Systems, a great warehouse manager should be able to forecast product demand and shifts in the market so they can avoid problems with inventory shortages and overstock. They also need to know how to troubleshoot and fix any problems that could threaten warehouse operations. When it comes to workplace safety, your warehouse manager will help you implement important measures to keep your warehouse coronavirus-free!

Sanitize Everything Frequently

Keeping your warehouse clean and sanitary is imperative to the health of your workers and customers. TRG recommends implementing new cleaning protocols for all the hardware and accessories in your warehouse that could transfer the virus from person to person. For example, wearable equipment such as wrist straps and headgear should be cleaned regularly and assigned to specific workers to prevent sharing. Handheld tools that are shared between workers should be thoroughly disinfected after each use. You may even have to increase the maintenance and cleaning frequency of your air circulation systems to improve the air quality in your warehouse and any office spaces in the building. Finally, place hand sanitizer throughout the warehouse so employees can use it liberally.

Rearrange Your Warehouse to Allow Social Distancing

Practicing social distancing in a warehouse can be tricky, so you may have to do some rearranging to keep everyone six feet apart. For example, you could decrease the number of employees allowed at packing tables, install protective sneeze guards between worker positions, and create one-way paths through the building with directional arrows on the floor. You can also stagger work breaks to limit the number of people in your break room at once.

Update Your Employee Handbook

Make sure your employees are clear on the new policies you’re putting in place to keep them safe. Update your employee handbook with any temporary and permanent changes you intend to implement. One policy to consider changing is your sick policy. Make sure your employees stay home if they feel sick and that they don’t feel pressured to come into work if they are uncertain about their health. You may also want to adjust your hygiene and dress code policy to ensure your workers wear masks and gloves at work.

Importantly, keep your employees informed about the changes you’re making in the warehouse to protect their health and manage fears people may have about returning to work. This is an excellent opportunity to show your workers how much you value them! If your employees feel like you care about their wellbeing, they will be much more likely to stick around for the long run.

As states reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, more and more warehouses are gearing up to get back to business. Acknowledge the safety of your workers and take steps to keep everyone healthy during this uncertain time. Being proactive to prevent an outbreak at your warehouse will ensure your business can continue to thrive and grow!

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