COVID-19 has drastically changed the way that companies are run – possibly for years to come. Here in Ohio, we’ve all had to change the way that we work and go about our lives.
While stay at home orders are starting to slowly lift, that doesn’t mean a quick jump back to normal. As an essential business, Ferriot has remained open during the quarantine, making critical parts for the medical, industrial and financial services industries. However, it’s how we all protect our workers that’s equally as important to fighting the pandemic.
As businesses start to open back up again, Ferriot is focused on safety, both for the health of our team and for the well-being of our community. By closely following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the leading health experts, we can work together to resume business the safe and smart way. The right way.
For over 90 years, Ferriot has always made certain to protect the lives of our workers. Now more than ever, with over 140 employees, we are committed to keeping our people safe. From canceling employee gatherings to increasing our efforts in free worker resources and our employee assistance program, we don’t plan on letting up on our updated safety policies until the pandemic is over. Other company-wide efforts include:
- Maintaining safe social distancing throughout our facility
- Wearing masks and protective gear
- Each employee has their temperature taken at the start of their work day
- Disinfecting workstations every 2 hours and cleaning common areas at least 3 times a day
- Making clocking in and out touch-free
- Implementing one-way directional aisles in the office
- Encouraging employees to frequently wash their hands and stay home if they feel sick
- Extending work from home opportunities
- Visitors are currently not allowed in the building
- Corporate travel continues to be restricted
It’s these kinds of policies that put our workers first, so that they can have the security and peace of mind to focus on making essential medical parts, including one that is currently being used in rapid diagnostic devices that will test for antibodies of COVID-19. We’re proud that not only can we help support public health with these critical pieces of medical equipment, but that we can start that initiative here at home. This kind of mindset is what we were founded on, and what we promise to continue in these difficult and uncertain times.
In addition to these efforts, we are also doing our best to help out others in need and those on the front lines of the COVID-19 response:
After making sure that everyone on our team was properly equipped with preventative gear, we were able to supply the Akron Fire Department with over 100 N95 respirators to use as they work hard to keep us all safe.
Ferriot was also pleased to be able to help out a service provider in personal way. Because we added additional cleaning services in the office during the day, our office staff was able to meet a member of our cleaning crew. Employees got used to seeing her around and noticed her intently working on her phone. The staff found out she was taking her online classes with her cell phone because she did not have a computer at home. We were in process of replacing some computers and wanted to give her one. Our IT staff repurposed a computer for her to use at home.
These kinds of acts are something that any business can do, no matter their industry.
We are doing all of this to make sure that safety is our top priority. There is nothing more important than the health of our workers, our community, and our families. Period.
From everyone on Ferriot team, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe.
For more information on how to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19, please refer to these guidelines from the CDC.
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