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.

This page is updated daily with:

For assistance, questions, or to publish your resources to this page, please contact our team at info@socma.org.

Updates:

  • 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:
  • March 18:
  • 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.

Webinars

Published Resource Link
3/27/2020 Pandemic Related Insurance Coverage
In this webinar, Executive Vice President John Blythe, McGriff Insurance Services, covers key topics and questions relating to policy coverage as a result of COVID-19 and how it may impact future policies.
3/20/2020

 

Navigating the Employer Legal Landscape During a Pandemic
Thompson Hine Partners Megan Glowacki and Stephen Penrod, cover key legal themes for employers to keep in mind as they mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and implications of quarantine on operations. 
3/13/2020 Webinar: Navigating the Short-Term Legal Challenges of COVID-19
SOCMA Member Company, Womble Bond Dickinson, provides helpful insights related to the global spread and business impact of the coronavirus.

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.

Published Resource Link
3/31/2020 FAQ: COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Website
3/31/2020 FAQ: COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act  Website
3/31/2020 FAQ: FFCRA  Website
3/31/2020 FDA Guidance on Temporarily Manufacturing Hand Sanitizer

3/30/2020 Template: Maximum Occupancy Signs
To encourage social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, Nation Ford Chemical  measured each room to ensure there was 6’ distance between employees to develop a new max occupancy number.
3/27/2020 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).
3/23/2020 Template: Ohio Employer Letter for Essential Personnel
3/23/2020 Guide: State List of Essential Businesses View Webpage
3/21/2020 Template: Employer Letter for Essential Personnel
Specific to Illinois, this employer letter can be adopted to additional states and jurisdictions.
3/20/2020 Template: Form Letter for Members to Send to Local Officials
SOCMA has prepared a form letter that members can use for petitioning their state and local government officials to designate chemical manufacturing and their business operations as “essential”.
3/19/2020 Template: Essential Worker Travel Letter
This letter was developed by Ashland for essential staff to carry while traveling travel to and from work.
3/19/2020 Framework: Pandemic Plan Development
SOCMA published a pandemic plan framework for organizations to adopt into existing plans or develop a plan. 
3/11/2020

Updated 3/19/2020

SOCMA Coronavirus Response Guide
SOCMA has developed a guide for members on business considerations in the wake of the COVID-19 and suggestions to adapt into business continuity plans.
3/18/2020 State Partners and Local Governments Resource Map
Managed by the National Association of Manufacturers
Website
3/11/2020 Example Mitigation Triggers
Overview of phases and triggers for pandemic planning. 
3/11/2020 Template: Facility Visitor Questionnaire
As an additional level of security, some member companies have started requesting all visitors and contractors to fill out a voluntary survey before being granted access to facilities.
3/10/2020 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.
3/9/2020 Managing the Workplace Under COVID-19
SOCMA Member Thompson Hine shares information about workplace management as it pertains to labor & employment under the specter of the COVID-19 virus.
Article
3/2/2020 Sun Chemical Supply Chain Q&A
Sun Chemical shared frequently asked questions and responses regarding supply chain issues in light of COVID-19.
Press Release

Regulatory & Legislative Analysis & Resources

Published Resource Link
3/28/2020 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. 
3/27/2020 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).
3/25/2020 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.
3/24/2020 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

Website
3/24/2020 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. 
Website
3/16/2020

 

Updated 3/19/2020

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.
3/18/2020 State Partners and Local Governments Resource Map
Managed by the National Association of Manufacturers
Website
3/11/2020 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. 
3/11/2020 State/Federal/International COVID-19 Response Resources
A collated list of guidances and FAQs for government agencies.
3/10/2020 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.

Status of Industry Events:

Event Scheduled Dates Status as of March 17 New Event Date
SOCMA Policy Summit April 21-22
Cancelled 2021 – Spring
BPI West  March 9-12 Postponed 2020 – Aug 10-13
DCAT Week 2020 March 23-26 Cancelled 2021 – March 22-25
PDA Annual Meeting
March 30-April 1  Postponed 2020 – July 20-22
ACS/ACC  March 31-April 2 Cancelled  
GlobalChem April 6-8
Cancelled  
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council April 27-28 Cancelled
 
Interphex/Chemspec USA April 28-30 Postponed 2020 – July 15-17
CPhi North America May 5-7 Postponed 2020 – Sept 9-11
BAHP Spring Meeting May 19-20 Postponed 2020 – Fall
Chemspec Europe May 27-May 28 Postponed 2020 – Nov 11-12
CPMA Committee Week  June 9-10  Postponed  2020 – Fall 
BPSA Summit July 15-17 Postponed 2020 – Fall

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