Posted by William Mullane | March 18, 2020
TechHelp, as part of the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is crafting a prudent response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation that protects our clients, our team members, and our families. We will use this webpage to post information that Idaho manufacturers may find useful. We will also provide that information via email and our social networks as appropriate.
- April 2 – IRS News – Webinars, Coronavirus Tax Relief, Filing & Payment Deadlines and more.
- March 31 – COVID – 19 Related Food Production & Safety – Given the critical importance of our food production system, TechHelp’s Food Manufacturing Team will continue to meet the needs of Idaho’s food processors. If you have any questions or need an FSPCQ, SQF or other food safety certifications, please contact Catherine Cantley or Janna Hamlett and we will see what we can do to help.
Contact Catherine at 208-426-2181 or email@example.com.
Contact Janna at 208-731-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vital Information Related to the Food Sector
Critical Workforce – Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Food Northwest Recommendations for Food Manufacturers– Emergency Prevention Measures for Physical (Social) Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities as Related to COVID-19
Protocols for if/when employees test positive in food industry
FDA Food Safety and Coronavirus disease 2019NC State comprehensive facts YouTube video
- March 30 – Food Safety Guidelines For Plants with Positive Covid -19 Tests – Food production facilities are part of our nation’s “critical infrastructure” and must remain operational to feed the country. This document recommends a consistent approach in how a company can continue operations in the event an individual has tested positive.
- March 30 – America Makes – In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes is partnering with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to help ensure the additive manufacturing industry can effectively and safely meet the needs of America’s health care workers on the front lines of the Coronavirus crisis. Today, America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
- March 26 – How to Help – FEMA – Everyone has a role to play in the whole community fight against COVID-19. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or a member of the general public.
- March 25 – Idaho Governor Issued a Stay at Home Order – Idaho Gov. Brad Little is ordering Idahoans to stay home as he ramps up efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. The order will last for 21 days.
List of Essential Business Functions
Link to Governor’s Stay-Home Proclamation
Link to Stay-Home Informational Poster
See Previous Updates
TechHelp is part of a network of 51 MEP Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. These centers are available to help small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) through this challenge with more than 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 375 MEP service locations. TechHelp and the MEP National Network can assist manufacturers with most business operations and workforce needs including product design & development, food manufacturing & safety, plant operational issues, business continuity, supply chain issues, and supplier scouting/matchmaking. The fallout from the coronavirus impacts every aspect of our economy including manufacturing. In addition to surviving the current situation and ramping back up, manufacturers may be asked to help produce critical supplies. TechHelp Specialists can help:
- Our New Product Development Team can help with:
- Product Design & Build
- Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing
- Idea Development
- Design for Manufacturing
- Our Food Manufacturing Team can help with:
- Food Safety Issues & Employee Training
- Advanced Food Safety Programs
- Our sister center in Iowa, CIRAS at Iowa State University, is providing educational guides and direct support for food manufacturers to help them plan, prepare, protect, and recover their operations. TechHelp offers many of the same services.
Vital COVID Related Information for the Food Industry
- Critical Workforce – Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Food Northwest Recommendations for Food Manufacturers– Emergency Prevention Measures for Physical (Social) Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities as Related to COVID-19
- Protocols for if/when employees test positive in food industry
- FDA Food Safety and Coronavirus disease 2019
- NC State comprehensive facts YouTube video
- Our Operational Excellence Team can address a number of issues including:
- Supply Chain Challenges
- Operations and Production Issues
- TechHelp can tap into the NIST MEP National Network for matchmaking activities between manufacturers and suppliers. If you need a manufactured good and can’t find it, we can put a request out through the network. We can also route requests from around the nation to Idaho manufacturers.
- We maintain tight relationships with private, state, and federal resources. If you have a need and aren’t sure which way to turn, contact us. We make resource referrals all the time.
TechHelp’s Plan for the Foreseeable Future
- TechHelp Specialists will keep you informed on the status of current and future workshops and events. We will waive cancellation fees for any projects or events that our clients wish to reschedule.
- We will offer meetings by phone or video conference at the client’s discretion.
- Our specialists and outside consultants will continue to take precautionary measures in order to minimize the risk of transmission.
We will let you know about the increasing list of online resources for training, information, and programs to assist manufacturers. We have listed some useful webinars on our Event Calendar. NIST MEP is beginning to provide information about programs and funding designed to help companies weather the storm and recover. We will collect this valuable information and share it with you as appropriate.
- Information from the Center for Disease Control
- CDC recommendations for an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan – Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC CoronaVirus Information
- Get Your Household Ready
- Map and Statistics About Corona
- Clean & Disinfect Effectively
State of Idaho Resources
- List of Essential Business Functions
- Link to Governor’s Stay-Home Order
- Link to Stay-Home Informational Poster
- Official Idaho Coronavirus Page
- SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance
- Southwest Idaho Manufacturers’ Alliance
- Idaho Small Business Development Center
- Up to Date Coronavirus Resources from KTVB
Testing sites, grocery store hours, & resources for children and childcare.
Federal & Other Resources
- NIST MEP
- IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Page
- U.S. Department of Labor for COVID-19 page
- US Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA standards
- OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan to Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization
- US Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Workplace Tips for Employees
- Supply Chain Information from IMEC
- McKinsey Global Business Impact and Scenario Analysis