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Keeping a Safer Workspace
To our valued customers:
In cooperation with local health authorities and the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are taking action to minimize the risk of COVID-19 impact in our employees, customers, and communities. In an abundance of caution, we are offering this information to our customers in response to frequently asked questions.
Do you expect supply disruptions?
We have supply chain processes and protocols in place to manage through emergency situations, are prepared to implement strategies to minimize disruption to our customers, and do not currently anticipate any interruption in supply of raw materials, production, or distribution of our products.
How is your company addressing COVID 19?
We have mobilized a task force that is focused on developing best practices in dealing with COVID-19. The task force is monitoring the most current health protocols, and is in constant contact with all sites to assess and react to this evolving situation, to ensure employee and customer health, and service continuity.
What best practices have you implemented in your manufacturing facilities regarding COVID-19?
We are asking that employees continue to take precautions to remain healthy, and have implemented policies across all of our locations/departments in accordance with the CDC Guidelines, and local and government agencies. These include but are not limited to:
- Eliminated all non-essential travel among our teams and leveraging remote meeting /collaboration technology as much as possible. An international travel ban remains in effect.
- Activated remote work scenarios where possible to maintain physical distancing
- Expanded the frequency of deep cleaning and sanitation efforts at every facility
- Changed parking patterns in our employee lots to promote physical distancing
- Staggered arrival and departure times to avoid crowded arrival procedures
- Installed floor tape to visually create physical distancing guidelines
- Implemented no-touch time clock procedures
- Activated strict, daily temperature scanning procedures prior to entering the facilities
- Implemented regularly scheduled handwashing
- Implemented physical distancing protocols
- Required adequate personal protective equipment for manufacturing employees
- Staggered lunch and breaks to control number of people in common areas
- Restricted facility access to production employees and critical vendor deliveries. All visitors must complete a thorough questionnaire before they are admitted into the facility.
What are your procedures if someone shows symptoms of COVID-19?
If an employee has a fever, they are sent home and must be fever free for 72 hours or have a doctor’s note before returning to work. While our primary focus is prevention, we are also prepared in the event of a positive COVID-19 case, including immediate coordination with local authorities, medical resources and activation of the following protocols:
- Initiate notification process: Employees and suppliers that have been in the facility or customers that have come in close proximity with the employees will be informed of the date of potential contact
- Implement cleaning protocols: For a period of 48 hours, the area will be closed and thoroughly cleaned according to CDC guidelines to eliminate all traces of the virus
Our teams are working with an abundance of caution to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Playground Equipment
Please refer to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces guidelines to clean and disinfect your playground equipment.
Always clean the surface with soap and low pressure water (ie. using a garden hose, high pressure may damage paint and surfaces) prior to disinfection. Normal routine cleaning with soap and water removes germs and dirt from surfaces, and lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19.
To disinfect most surfaces, the CDC recommends using diluted household bleach solutions, prepared by mixing:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute.
Rinse your playground equipment and let it completely dry before allowing it to be used.
Note: Bleach solutions may damage wood finishes, a disinfecting solution containing 60% to no more than 70% alcohol is recommended.
- Check to ensure all cleaning/disinfectant products are not past their expiration dates. Expired products will not disinfect properly.
- Check to ensure the product is compatible with the surface it is being applied to.
- Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser as toxic gases may occur.
- Wear recommended protective gear when applying disinfectant.
Using the above CDC recommended solutions will not harm your playground equipment and your warranty will remain for its duration.
It is also important to promote safe practices that reduce the potential for exposure including posting signs at public gathering spaces highlighting the current CDC guidelines, including:
- Avoid gathering in groups
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you’re sick with any ailment, stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When in public, maintain physical distancing of at least six feet.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.
- Clean your hands with a CDC approved hand sanitizer after touching public equipment.
By implementing mindful procedures, we can help stem the spread of COVID-19 together.