Impact Washington providing no-cost back-to-work assessments to manufacturers

Friday, May 01, 2020

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As the state’s COVID-19 curve continues to flatten, Impact Washington, a nonprofit organization supporting manufacturers, has begun providing no-cost assessments to help manufacturers prepare to get back to work.

The Return to Work Environment Assessment includes a full- or half-day virtual site visit with an Impact Washington consultant followed quickly by a thoughtful action plan to ensure a smooth restart of your business as soon as possible. Impact Washington’s consultants are manufacturing experts bringing decades of experience from companies large and small.

“In this renewed focus on the manufacturing sector and during this unprecedented pause of manufacturing operations, we think the best way for your business to continue to help us defeat the effects of the pandemic crisis is to focus on readying your facility to restart and develop your capabilities to operate in changing times,” said Impact Washington President & Center Director Deloit Wolfe.

To set up an assessment, contact or call 425-438-1146, and tell them you heard about the program through EDASC.

Wolfe said the current economic and workforce challenges require a thoughtful approach.

Impact Washington is relying heavily on OSHA guidance, sound manufacturing principles and assistance from HR professionals when conducting the back-to-work assessments.

The completed assessment documents individual risk levels found within the company’s facilities. It also provides recommendations for specific workplace controls.

The potential for close contact can occur in so many environments – including packaging areas, production lines, locker rooms, restrooms, etc. – and these assessments address those environments and more.

Guidance is based on current understanding of the virus and is designed to help companies review and amend policies.

 Aside from the new Return to Work Environment Assessment program, Impact Washington in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce was previously working with about 65 manufacturers to help them pivot to produce personal protection equipment and other medical tools for the state.

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