AFS COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

It is vitally important that AFS members take appropriate steps to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on your facilities, workers, customers and the public. A list of resources is provided below to help you effectively manage your business, comply with applicable laws, and protect public health and safety during this rapidly evolving situation. 

Additional documents will be added as needed. In the meantime, please email Juliette Garesche at jgaresche@afsinc.org with any questions. 

Note – These documents and guidance are not legal or medical advice and should not be relied upon as legal or medical advice. You should contact an attorney or medical professional before taking action on the information.


Health & Safety

webinars

AFS Members Only Webinar: COVID-19 Practical Guidance for Metalcasters 
This webinar reviews recent COVID-19 developments and federal legal guidance targeted for manufacturers, including strategies to prevent workplace exposure, PPE, OSHA guidance, and employee leave. [Recorded March 19, 2020]

AFS Members Only Webinar: COVID-19 and OSHA Compliance
This webinar explains the necessary elements of a COVID-19 safety program for your foundry.  The information is appropriate for health and safety professionals. [Recorded March 26, 2020]

Respirator Issues Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 Has Caused a Shortage of Face Masks - What Can Foundries Do As They Face Shortages? -- Modern Casting article

3M: Resources on COVID-19
Find a variety of articles on respirators, surgical masks, respirator cleaning, etc.

FDA Approves Use of FFPs with Specific Performance Standards -- List

Counterfeit Respirators -- Pictures and Explanations

Substitutes for N95 Respirators -- Comparison of FFP2, KN95, and N95 and Other Filtering Facepiece Respirator Classes

3M: Respirators Beyond Their Shelf Life – ConsiderationsCleaning and Disinfecting Facilities

Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Reusable Respirators (Elastomeric Facepieces)

Facial Hair Allowed and Disallowed for Workers Who Wear Tight-Fitting Respirators (Infographic)

Signage & Posters

Visitor & Vendor Stop Sign (Signage download)

COVID-19 Preventative Measures (Poster)

Other Health & Safety Resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Website 
Safety tips, situation updates, disease background.

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 
A new OSHA alert and guidance document on COVID-19 provides general practices to help prevent worker exposure to coronavirus.

COVID-19: Stop the Spread (One-page handout)

OSHA Alert: Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Visitor Questionnaire

CDC’s Updated Return-To-Work Standards on when a Person with COVID-19 may Discontinue Home Isolation – Link to guidance here and link to Fisher Phillips alert here [April 2, 2020]

COVID-19 Situation Dashboard
Daily tally of confirmed cases and deaths by nation

An Illustrated Scientific Summary of COVID-19

 

Environmental

EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Enforcement Discretion Policy to Address Civil Noncompliance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Addressing Concerns With Disposal of COVID-19 Waste

 

Business & Employment

SBA Issues Final Application Form for New Small Business Loans [April 3, 2020]

Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form [Download]

Paycheck Protection Program -- Interim Final Rule -- U.S. Treasury Dept. [April 2020]

New Small Business Loans Under the Cares Act Open April 3: Eligibility, Application, and Key Terms/Benefits

Navigating the Coronavirus: Best Practices for Employers [Laner Muchin™ – March 3, 2020]
How to address the impact of the virus on the workplace and what employers can and cannot do. 

Comprehensive and Updated FAQs For Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus – [Fisher Phillips – March 16, 2020]
Comprehensive overview on the virus and dealing with OSHA-related questions.

COVID-19 Essential Employee Authorization to Travel - Sample Document (Download)

Coronavirus Update: Employees Wearing Masks at Work – [Michael Best – March 4, 2020]

Coronavirus Testing — Issues for Employers Reaching for Thermometer – [Duane Morris – March 11, 2020] 

ACOEM Advises Suspension of Routine Occupational Spirometry Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic

EEOC:  What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
The EEOC has issued additional guidance regarding some of the measures that can be taken during a pandemic.  The guidance confirms that employers may take employee temperatures to help protect workforces including:

  1. Employers can ask employees if they are experiencing symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat) while maintaining the confidentiality of such information  (and so could ask employees to self-disclose if they are suffering from such symptoms)
  2. You can require employees who become ill with the symptoms to stay home
  3. If an employee is absent due to illness with the symptoms, you may require a doctor’s note certifying that the employee no longer has the virus

Complying With WARN Act Requirements During the Coronavirus Pandemic – [Faegre Drinker – March 18, 2020]

AFS Members Only Webinar: COVID-19 Practical Guidance for Metalcasters 
This webinar reviews recent COVID-19 developments and federal legal guidance targeted for manufacturers, including strategies to prevent workplace exposure, PPE, OSHA guidance, and employee leave. [Recorded March 19, 2020]

EEOC: Employers Now May Take Employees’ Temperatures

Online Respirator Medical Screeners

DOL Indicates Shut-Down Employees Won’t Qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave or FMLA

IRS Provides New Guidance on Emergency Family Leave and Tax Credits 
On April 1, 2020, the IRS released new guidance on tax credits authorized in the “phase two” COVID-19 legislation to help small businesses offset the cost of new paid leave requirements.

 

News & Updates

Congress Approves Historic Coronavirus Relief Package with Loans for Small Businesses

Congress Sends Covid-19 Response Bill to President, Implications For U.S. Metalcasters

Congress Finalizes COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Prepare To Provide Paid Sick Leave And FMLA  – [Fisher Phillips – March 18, 2020]

AFS: States Must Designate Metalcasting as Critical Manufacturing Sector

AFS Compiles Changes to Tax Filing Deadlines Due to COVID-19

AFS Urges Administration to Classify Metalcasting as Essential Industry

AFS Pushes for Key Provisions in Stimulus Package to Benefit Metalcasters

 

Other Resources

COVID-19 State Resources
Map of U.S. with links to key state COVID-19 resources.