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ACC Offers COVID-19 Poster and Compilation of Industry Specific Resources
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is highlighting activities underway by the chemical industry as part of its effort to provide resources to fight the impacts of the coronavirus. On its COVID-19 resource page, ACC offers a list of consolidated, industry-specific resources to help navigate through the pandemic, with a list of essential critical infrastructure workers, a COVID-19 State Responses and Reopening Cheatsheet, and a poster to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, among other links.
Access all the resources at americanchemistry.com/COVID-19.
Boeing Launches Confident Travel Initiative, Aids COVID Response with Dreamlifter
The Boeing Company is reporting how it aims to protect its employees and communities with COVID-19 news, including coverage on the company's Confident Travel Initiative, effective May 14, 2020. The initiative will develop new solutions to help minimize health risks during air travel amid the pandemic, and drive awareness of health safeguards already in place.
"As air travel slowly begins to resume and restrictions ease around the globe, health and safety remains our top priority for our teams who design, build and service the airplanes and all those who fly on them," said Boeing president and CEO David Calhoun.
Also, read coverage on Boeing's Dreamlifter, which recently transported 1.5 million facemasks during its COVID-19 response, and find out how the company recently activated airlift capabilities for its first COVID-19 transport mission in its news releases.
NEMA Publishes COVID-19 Guide for Disinfecting Electrical Equipment
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published guidance to answer common questions for how to maintain cleanliness while preserving the functionality and integrity of electrical equipment. The guide, NEMA GD 4-2020, COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance for Electrical Equipment, is available as an electronic download at no cost on the NEMA website.
"As government social distancing restrictions are lifted, and workplaces of all types reopen, the focus will be on how to protect workers and keep facilities clean and disinfected," said Kevin J. Cosgriff, president and CEO of NEMA. "This may include cleaning and disinfecting electrical equipment. The first consideration is worker safety, so following documented safety procedures is essential."
The guidance and other NEMA COVID-19 resources are available at www.nema.org/about/covid-19-response.
NSF International to Host Webinar on Using QMS Tools to Navigate Extraordinary Events
NSF International's Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) team will host a webinar on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, from 1:00- 2:00 p.m. Eastern to provide information on how organizations can use ISO 9001-based quality management systems (QMS) to work through extraordinary events including outbreaks, pandemics (i.e. COVID-19), natural disasters, and much more. As NSF reports, "ISO-based managements systems are not a crystal ball' for disasters, but they do offer tools that (when properly deployed) can assist an organization in being ready to respond to dynamic situations like [COVID-19]."
Register to save a seat at Using QMS Tools to Navigate Extraordinary Events.
TCATA Opens Registration for How to Lead in a Crisis Webinar
The Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 21, 2020,at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on How to Lead in a Crisis, with John DiJulius of the DiJulius Group, to focus on leadership skills, customer and employee experience, and more. Register at TDG.CLICK/TCATA.
As part of its pandemic response, TCATA's website also features industry links of resources for COVID-19 facts.