COVID-19 Updates

Marcellus Metalcasters, Inc. has been deemed an essential business by our customers. We have remained open throughout the State of Michigan Stay at Home Order. However, all non-essential visitors are asked to call 269-646-0202 rather than visiting in person. We thank you for your assistance with this matter.

To our employees:

You are essential employees. We always appreciate your hard work but even more so now, during these stressful times. As required by  Michigan Executive Order 2020-97 (COVID-19), Marcellus Metalcasters, Inc. has developed a Written Exposure Control Plan. This plan guides our actions regarding preventative measures, what to do if you have or suspect you have COVID-19, and what steps must be taken to return to work. The entire plan is available here: COVID-19 Plan. A basic overview is listed below:

Marcellus Metalcasters’ COVID-19 Written Exposure Control Plan

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

  1. HAND HYGINE – All employees are encouraged to wash their hands per the CDC’s guidelines with the soap provided, especially before touching their face, eating, or after touching shared equipment without gloves on, coughing or sneezeing. Additionally, all employees are reminded to cough or sneeze into their shoulder or a tissue and away from others. Hands should be washed with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds, paying attention to all features of the hand, including nail beds, fingers and wrists.
  2. HEALTH SURVAILLANCE – Anyone entering the building, including employees, contractors, and other visitors must perform a daily self-screening, including a temperature check. Before entering the building, everyone is asked to review the questionnaire posted on the outside of all entrance doors. If an individual answers yes to any of the questions on the questionnaire, they are prohibited from entering the building and asked to contact their supervisor or sales rep (per the contact info on the questionnaire) for further instructions.
    1. If an individual develops symptoms while in the building, they are asked to leave the premises immediately.
    2. All non-essential in-person visits are also suspended. Any visitors are required to sign in, providing the date of their visit, their name, and contact info.
  3. SOCIAL DISTANCING – All individuals on site are asked to maintain 6 feet of distance between each other, to the maximum extent possible.
  4. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT – All employees have been provided with respirators/PAPR Units and safety glasses/shields/hoods as well as cleaning materials for them. Employees are asked to wear their respirators/PAPR Units and safety glasses/shields/hoods to the maximum extent possible, especially when within six feet of one another.
  5. ENVIRONMENTAL SURFACE DISINFECTION – High-touch and shared surfaces will be cleaned in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  6. ENGINEERING CONTROLS – Doors and windows should be open when and where possible and the overhead exhaust system shall be utilized during daily operations.
  7. ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS – Marcellus Metalcasters will continue using staggered shifts and break/lunch times.
  8. MEDICAL ASSISTANCE – Employees are reminded to utilize the Teladoc services provided by HealthiestYou and United Health Care if they need to seek advise from a medical professional. Please contact the office at 269-646-0202 if you need assistance with these services.

IN THE EVENT OF CONFIRMED OR SUSPECTED COVID-19 CASES:

  1. If an employee has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, they must adhere to the following rules and procedures:
    1. They are prohibited from entering the premises (or must leave the premises immediately, if symptoms develop while already on site)
    2. Must notify their supervisor within 8 hours of the scheduled start of their shift that they are calling in sick due to either a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Caitlin is available at 248-807-0502 and Brad is available at 616-366-1048.
    3. Once an individual calls in for a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, they are prohibited from re-entering the premises until they are no longer infectious, according to the latest guidelines from the CDC.
  2. Once an employee (salary or hourly) calls off work for a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, they will be put on sick leave. If employee leave exceeds the sick leave mandated by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, they may be laid off and encouraged to collect unemployment, until such time that they can return to work, per the latest guidelines from the CDC. Individuals requiring assistance to apply for unemployment are encouraged to call the office at 269-646-0202 for help.
  3. Employees are encouraged to communicate with their supervisor on a timely basis, with frequent updates and honest, accurate information. This will help ensure that individuals needing access to unemployment will be able to do so in a timely manner.
  4. In the event that one or more individuals are have confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, Marcellus Metalcasters management will, on a case by case basis, review the situation and respond accordingly. This may include sending some or all employees home for the day for cleaning, sending some or all employees home for longer periods of time, or shutting down operations indefinitely. If Marcellus Metalcasters shuts down for a week or more, all individuals will be formally laid off and encouraged to apply for unemployment. Individuals requiring assistance to apply for unemployment are encouraged to call the office at 269-646-0202 and leave a message for help.
    1. In the event that one or more employees test positive for COVID-19, a deep cleaning of the building will be performed, with a special focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch, shared surfaces, and tools or equipment used by those employees.
  5. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, Marcellus Metalcasters management will, while maintaining patient confidentially per HIPPA and ADA guidance, notify within 24 hours the parties listed below.
    1. Cass County Public Health
    2. Any co-workers, contractors, or suppliers who may have come into contact with that employee
    3. The other supervisors (plant leaders)
  6. Returning to Work:
    1. Employees with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 will be allowed to return to work after they are no longer infectious according to the latest guidelines from the CDC.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

  1. Employees that must take time off work to help care for family members with COVID-19 or who are concerned about their risk of contracting COVID-19 should communicate with their supervisor and management about taking time off.
    1. Please reference the Families First Coronavirus Response Act poster for more information about what is covered under that act.
    2. Unemployment benefits are available to those that cannot work due to COVID-19 but are not otherwise covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.