March 4, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 5
Dear PEI Member:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak likely will affect your business in one way or another. You need to be aware of the threat the virus poses to your organization, your employees and your customers. You do not, however, need to panic.
The internet is rife with coronavirus misinformation and rumors. Despite the hysteria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the infection risk in the U.S. remains low. Healthy children and adults who become infected most often suffer only relatively mild symptoms. The elderly and those with underlying medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart conditions, respiratory problems) are at greater danger.
Although fear is unfounded, complacency could be dangerous. The spread and severity of the virus might change rapidly. So, remain vigilant and well informed.
The PEI staff has been studying the facts, comparing notes with other trade associations, and analyzing potential supply chain disruptions in our industry. On Monday, we also participated in a White House-sponsored call for trade association and business leaders.
As a first step for our members, today PEI launched a Coronavirus Resource Center on the PEI website. The page provides links to statistics, tools and recommendations from governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the CDC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Homeland Security and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Coronavirus Resource Center will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. So, bookmark the page and check back regularly.
PEI also today added a coronavirus session to the upcoming 2020 Purchasing & Inventory Conference. (See news item below for complete session and conference details.)
In the past few weeks, global consulting companies have released sophisticated coronavirus reports with industry-by-industry summaries, helpful checklists and scenario-based contingency planning ideas. One of the best is from McKinsey & Company. Download it from the PEI Coronavirus Resource Center.
For most PEI members, however, supply chain analysis and employee health are the place to start.
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In Monday’s White House call, DOT officials emphasized that even as they seek to protect U.S. citizens, they also are committed to mitigating economic loss. For example, the China travel restrictions are limited to commercial and private passenger flights. Cargo flights were exempted to keep Chinese goods flowing into the U.S.
PEI will continue to monitor the industry’s supply chain.
Employee Health and Safety
● Travel. Is every business trip necessary? Could some be delayed or replaced by teleconferences? Do you have a policy for employees who are uncomfortable traveling at all or to particular destinations? Companies with a multinational presence should heed all State Department travel advisories and warnings. Have international travelers sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service that provides country-specific information to facilitate informed travel decisions.
● Remote Working Arrangements. The coronavirus incubation period appears to be 14 days, with transmission possible even before symptoms appear. If an employee is exposed to or infected with the virus, you might need to enforce short-term quarantines. Will your IT systems and work processes accommodate the needs of workers who suddenly are required to work remotely?
● Workspace Adjustments. The coronavirus typically is transmitted by sneezes and coughs. The CDC pegs the airborne danger area at about 6 feet. Could minor relocation of workstations, desks or supplies help safeguard workers’ health?
● Cleanliness. Good hygiene reduces the risk of infection. Encourage employees to sneeze or cough only into their sleeves and to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently. Provide additional hand sanitizer stations throughout your facility. Make sure all workers — including the boss — know if they are sick, they should stay home. And regularly clean work surfaces, doorknobs, hand tools and equipment.
In the coming days, the nation and our industry will learn more about the scope of this threat. For now, be informed, be cautious, guard your supply chain and take care of your employees.
PLANS $100M IN GRANTS FOR E15, BIODIESEL INFRASTRUCTURE
PRODUCES SPANISH SAFETY VIDEOS
For more on PEI’s Latin America initiative or other Spanish-language PEI resources, email Liliana Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each applicant must plan to enroll as a full-time freshman for the 2020-2021 academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, character, need and intent to contribute to the future of the fuel and fluid handling equipment industry.
To download the scholarship guidelines and application, visit www.pei.org/foundation.
ADDS CORONAVIRUS SESSION, EXTENDS PURCHASING & INVENTORY CONFERENCE EARLY
The timely coronavirus addition enhances an already strong program of general sessions, networking and roundtable discussions, including:
Early bird registration is $325 for PEI members and $595 for nonmembers. Beginning March 14, the fee will increase to $425 for members and $745 for nonmembers. Attendees who book rooms at the conference hotel by March 20 will receive PEI’s discounted rate of $150 per night.
technology company. Additech Inc., 13000
Executive Drive, Sugar Land, TX, 77478 has applied for affiliate division
membership. Stephen Miller is president of the company, which was
established in 2004. Additech designs fuel additive distribution systems for
dispensers. Sponsored for PEI membership by Martin Deblois, BGIS, North
York, Ontario, Canada.
California contractor. PBA Construction Inc., 23215 Temescal Canyon Road, Ste. B, Corona, CA, 92883 has applied for service and construction division membership. Jim Koontz is vice president for the firm, which was established in 2003. PBA Construction performs electrical services, maintenance, repair and service station construction. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North America, Addison, Illinois.
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