California Manufacturing and Technology Consulting (CMTC) has developed a helpful webpage to help small and medium-sized manufacturers plan, prepare, protect and recover. Find additional resources from CMTC below.
- CMTC offers assistance with:
- Identifying critical manufacturing and supply chain
- Access to capital
- Workforce support
- Operational assistance
- Supply chain support
- Additionally, CMTC is connecting manufacturers with personal protective equipment needs through the following:
- Personal protective equipment needs request
- Manufacturing capabilities
- Specifications and procurement opportunities
- Supplier needs request
- Recovery and Growth Assistance for Manufacturers:
CMTC is offering an assistance program to support California’s small and midsized manufacturers impacted by the coronavirus. Manufacturers with 500 employees or less can meet with an expert business stabilization consultant who will conduct an assessment of the company’s current state. The consultant also will work to understand the organization’s specific needs, challenges and opportunities.
Following the assessment, the consultant will create a customized action plan with recommendations and resources to assist with recovery and growth. Both the assessment and action plan are provided at no cost to the manufacturer. Request assistance here.
Additional Manufacturing Resources:
- Manufacturing Capacity Index: The federal and local government are looking for suppliers to provide production for critically needed supplies. Personal protective equipment is urgently needed for cities, states, healthcare workers and other first responders. If you manufacture or can manufacture critically-needed supplies or components, please complete this form. CMTC is playing a vital role in coordinating local, state and federal needs and matching those needs to suppliers that have the manufacturing capabilities and capacity to help.
- State of California: Created a medical supply contributions form for businesses and organizations that have resources to contribute, either for donation or purchase. Needed supplies include surgical masks, hand sanitizers, wipes, examination gloves and more. For more information, click here.
- The Food and Drug Administration announced how businesses and individuals can assist in providing medical supplies. If you are looking to produce or donate medical supplies, find more information here.
The California Manufacturers and Technology Association is partnering with the California Employment Training Panel to provide the COVID-19 Hiring Incentive. Employers may access the full general industry guidance on the Cal/OSHA website. Several additional guidelines for specific industries, such as agriculture, childcare and construction, can be viewed here. Qualified companies can earn up to $200,000 if they hire 100 new employees. To see if your company qualifies view the informational flyer here and contact Rob Sanger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 233-9329 to get started.
Best Manufacturing Operational Practices
As the manufacturing industry continues essential operations or begins to reopen, the National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council has compiled a list of new operational practices to consider during the coronavirus. This document details site access to mitigate exposure, workstation measures to promote social distancing, shift and team design, and other practices for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for your workforce and operations. To read more on these best practices, click here.
Cal/OSHA Expands Employer Injury and Illness Prevention Program Requirements
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA, continues to modify rules and guidance for businesses operating during the coronavirus pandemic. General industry and several industry-specific rules and guidelines have been modified.
Recently, Cal/OSHA modified its rules and guidance on all employers’ obligation to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, or IIPP for short. When coronavirus infections started appearing, employers were required to determine if coronavirus infection was a workplace hazard. Now that coronavirus is a pandemic with widespread community exposure, employers must update their IIPP with measures to control infection in the workplace.
Under California law, employers must establish, implement and maintain an IIPP to protect employees from hazardous workplace conditions. The IIPP must be in writing, accessible to employees and contain several provisions including:
Procedures for creating safe and healthful work practices
Procedures for identifying, evaluating and investigating workplace hazards, injuries and illnesses
Systems for communicating hazards to employees
Employee training whenever the employer learns of a new or unrecognized hazard
Employers may access the full general industry guidance on the Cal/OSHA website. Several additional guidelines for specific industries, such as agriculture, childcare and construction, can be viewed here. Employers who need to update their written IIPP should consult with legal counsel to ensure that it meets requirements under California law.