COVID-19 Resources for the Specialty Chemical Industry
SOCMA is proactively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and working with SOCMA members and Affiliate organizations to understand and deliver guidance on state actions, industry response and action plans to assist companies in addressing and combating the impacts of COVID-19. To support our efforts, we ask for your feedback via an industry status survey. Top level data is reported in our weekly member communication.
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- April 2:
- State Update: Ohio Amends Stay at Home Order through May 1. Download
- March 31:
- SOCMA 301 COVID-19 Comments to USTR and Data Sheet. Read More
- Guidance: FDA Guidance on Temporarily Manufacturing Hand Sanitizer. Download
- Version 2 Posted: Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response Download
- March 30:
- March 27:
- DOL Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Employee Rights Poster Download
- March 26:
- Event: Chemspec Europe Postponed to Nov 11-12
- March 25:
- Coalition Letter: Multi Industry Letter Supporting DHS CISA Critical Infrastructure Read More
- March 24:
- Blog: OSHA Regulations and COVID-19 Read More
- Legislative Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Employee Paid Leave Rights Read More
- Legislative Q&A: U.S. Dept. of Labor Compliance Assistance under Families First Coronavirus Response Act Read More
- Legislative Update: Federal Stimulus Package Read More
- March 23:
- Template: Ohio Essential Personnel Letter Download
- News: Virginia orders some non-essential businesses to close Read More
- News: Maryland orders non-essential businesses to close starting at 5pm Read More
- News: SOCMA Publishes State List of Essential Businesses Read More
- March 22:
- News: Gov. DeWine Announces Stay-At-Home Order, Closure of Non-Essential Businesses beginnin 3/23 Read More
- March 21:
- Template: Illinois Essential Personnel Letter Download
- March 20:
- COVID-19 Essential Businesses Bulletin Read More
- SOCMA Issues Letter to White House, Governors Read More
- Press Release: Specialty Chemical Manufacturers Play Critical Role in Fighting COVID-19 Read More
- March 19:
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- March 17:
- March 16:
- SOCMA is collecting templates and requesting industry to share information via a questionnaire. We will collate and aggregate all responses in this week’s member communication on Thursday, March 19.
- SOCMA publishes analysis on HR 6201.
- March 13:
- March 12:
- March 11:
- SOCMA has released a member alert detailing industry impacts.
- Federal agencies have contacted SOCMA for information to understand the impacts of COVID-19 to chemical supply chains and business operations. The information SOCMA provided was used to inform Congress on emergency appropriations to combat the coronavirus, which has resulted in the availability of loans to small businesses. SOCMA will continue to direct member information through our committees to these agencies.
- It’s business as usual at all U.S. ports, which are open and functioning. Monitor state and local agencies for the most up-to-date information.
- Specialty and fine chemical companies are experiencing delays in receiving shipments and products.
Tools & Templates
The following resources have been developed from staff research or shared by SOCMA member companies. The information is available for adoption and reference.
Regulatory & Legislative Analysis & Resources
||CISA Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
CISA updated its memo on critical infrastructure workers. Chemical manufacturing is considered critical infrastructure.
||Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Employee Rights Poster
Each covered employer must post a notice of FFCRA requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. FFCRA provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020).
||Multi Industry Letter Supporting DHS CISA Critical Infrastructure
Coalition letter to President and other elected officials urging coordinated actions of: 1) adopted definition of “critical infrastructure” as currently defined by DHS, 2) no artificial barriers to transportation of critical manufactured goods, and 3) assurance that critical workforce are not impeded by curfew to get to and from facilities.
||Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights
The following is the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Coronavirus Families First Act (FFCRA): Employee Paid Leave Rights. These provisions are effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020
||Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Question & Answers compliance assistance page surrounding CCFRA for employers and employees.
|Families First Coronavirus Response Act
SOCMA’s analysis of the legislation is based on the most up to date information available, but this is not the final iteration of the bill, which is subject to change between now and enactment. The Senate is expected to vote on HR 6021 the week of March 16.
||State Partners and Local Governments Resource Map
Managed by the National Association of Manufacturers
||Overview: Small Business Administration Loans
Congress passed H.R.6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which was signed by President Trump on March 5, 2020. This document provides an overview of the legislation and how you may qualify.
||State/Federal/International COVID-19 Response Resources
A collated list of guidances and FAQs for government agencies.
||OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional
infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on
the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative,
and work practice controls and personal protective equipment
(PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
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