Local manufacturer utilizes no-cost back-to-work assessment

Friday, June 12, 2020

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LA CONNER -- GLDN, an online direct-to-consumer handmade jewelry manufacturer with locations in La Conner and Bellingham, is one step closer to reopening thanks to a no-cost back-to-work assessment conducted by Impact Washington, a nonprofit that supports manufacturers.

“Impact Washington gave us a framework and a way of thinking about reopening that was very helpful,” said GLDN Chief Operating Officer Mark Johnson. “We are excited to come out of the lockdown and get our team safely back to work.”

Like many businesses, GLDN was forced to shut down on-site operations in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19. With Skagit County now in Phase 2, GLDN is working toward reopening. But it’s not as easy as simply flipping a switch.

“We have to make a lot of work safety changes to be compliant with new state COVID-19 guidelines,” Johnson said. “These changes are unprecedented, and we obviously didn’t have a lot of experience in this, so it was great to have the expertise of Impact Washington.”

Impact Washington conducted two Return to Work Environment Assessments for GLDN’s La Conner and Bellingham locations in late May.

These assessments typically include 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.

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

“Their deliverable was invaluable and provided the next business day,” Johnson said. “We are now evaluating what it will take to get our facilities and teams ready for safe on site operations.”

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

Impact Washington is relying heavily on OSHA guidance, sound manufacturing principles and assistance from HR professionals to conduct the back-to-work assessments. Its consultants are manufacturing experts bringing decades of experience from companies large and small.

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