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PLASTICS recognizes the challenges that you, our members, as well as elected officials, health administrators and others are facing in making hard decisions aimed at protecting and treating communities in the U.S. as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to rise. 

The nearly one million employees of the plastics industry are working tirelessly to provide the material that is needed at the frontlines. From medical supplies to food packaging, plastics are essential in the effort to stop the spread of this virus. Plastics will only become more and more vital to help keep our families healthy, our food fresh and protected, and our healthcare workers safe.

If you have questions or need help, please contact the PLASTICS Team at covid-19@plasticsindustry.org.

Actions by PLASTICS

On March 18 and March 19, PLASTICS sent letters to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and to the White House.

  • Letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the need for single-use plastic products.
  • Letter to the White House and our nation's Governors to raise awareness about the essential nature of our industry

Helpful Resources 

How to Help:

If you or your organization is interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide details to FEMA on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit the Industry Liaison Program.

Learn more from the FEMA Coronavirus FAQ here.

Coronavirus.gov

Find government resources, news and updates about COVID-19 here.

Essential Business Member Resource Letters

  • Letter for PLASTICS members to request that your business be identified as "essential." Update the letter with information specific to your business.
  • Toolkit with a form for employees as they travel to and from work, as well as templates for businesses to use for their employees and supply chains.

Federal Government Financial Responses 

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): The FFCRA is the second federal coronavirus response package, signed by the president on March 18, and provides paid leave, tax credits, expanded unemployment and nutrition assistance, and free coronavirus testing
  • Table of Paid Leave Provisions: Table created by Bloomberg gives a snapshot of the paid leave provisions in the FFCRA
  • Treasury Leave Guidance: Technical guidance provided the Department of the Treasury on the paid leave provisions in the FFCRA
  • DOL Fact Sheet for Employers: Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employer Paid Leave Act Requirements
  • DOL FFCRA Questions and Answers: These two documents from the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division provide guidance for employers and answer critical questions under the FFCRA
  • COVID-19 and the American Workplace: Additional information from the Wage and Hour Division can be found here on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act

COVID-19 Resources from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

  • State COVID Operations Snapshot: NAM has developed a resource tracking state and local emergency orders responding to COVID-19. These emergency orders will help manufacturers understand if they qualify as an “essential” business exempt from the mass population event limitations put in place by many state and local governments.
  • COVID-19 NAM Component Survey: NAM has created a Creators Respond Survey. If your company can help produce vital supplies and component parts, fill out the Creators Respond form. With the outpouring of responses, NAM is working with the administration to coordinate with you as quickly as possible. 

COVID-19 State Resources

State Public Health Resources

Alabama Illinois Montana Rhode Island
Alaska  Indiana Nebraska South Carolina
Arizona  Iowa   Nevada South Dakota
Arkansas  Kansas  New Hampshire Tennessee
California Kentucky New Jersey Texas
Colorado Louisiana New Mexico Utah
Connecticut  Maine New York Vermont
Delaware   Maryland North Carolina Virginia
District of Columbia Massachusetts North Dakota Washington
Florida Michigan Ohio West Virginia
Georgia Minnesota Oklahoma Wisconsin
Hawaii Mississippi Oregon Wyoming
Idaho Missouri Pennsylvania * Puerto Rico 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) and COVID-19: Website, Guidance and Recordkeeping Requirements

OSHA’s website provides additional guidance and resources, and states that confirmed, work-related cases of COVID-19 are reportable under its recordkeeping standard if the case meets one or more of the recording criteria in that standard. On March 9, OSHA released its “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19”. 

Learn More

Webinar on Coronavirus: OSHA Law and Employment Law Issues – from PLASTICS’ External Counsel

Topics covered include personal protective equipment (PPE), workplace hygiene, OSHA recommendations and guidance, leave, and telework. A recording of Keller and Heckman LLP’s March 18 webinar is available as a podcast here, with slides here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Learn more about the CDC’s guidance for businesses and employers here.

Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS-CISA) Tier-1 Critical Infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS-CISA) published their list of 16 critical infrastructure sectors. As municipalities and states consider “shelter in place” or other restrictions on movement, federal lists are a useful tool in ensuring harmonization. In addition to their critical role in the food and public health sectors, the DHS-CISA list includes the chemical sector, specifically plastics used to produce single-use plastics. 

Learn more

Department of Transportation (DOT)

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an expanded national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

  • Read the press release here.
  • Read the text of the expanded emergency relief declaration here.

Food Safety and COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted resources available to industry members and consumers on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and food safety on its website. FDA provides (1) a way to contact the Agency by submitting questions online, (2) industry guidance, which communicates FDA’s intention to temporarily suspend supplier verification onsite audit requirements under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and (3) FDA addresses questions regarding food safety in the questions and answers section. Further, an audio recording of an FDA briefing for Foods Stakeholders on COVID-19 is available on FDA’s website. The Agency has consistently stated that there is no evidence that food or food packaging is associated with transmission of COVID-19. Additional Information is available here.

In addition, read the memorandum from Keller and Heckman LLP setting forth their legal opinion that all workers engaged in the manufacture of items along the food and drug packaging supply chain are essential critical infrastructure workers.

COVID-19 and the Economy 

Read the latest updates from our Chief Economist, Perc Pineda, PhD on COVID-19 and its impact on the plastics industry.

Learn more about Industry Data here.

How the Plastics Industry is Helping

Learn about the essential products our members make that are used by patients and healthcare workers to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Coming Soon

Changes to Industry Practices

Here is a list of some of the operational changes that members of the plastics industry have undergone to respond to COVID-19. This is a developing situation and we will update this list as we learn more. 

Learn more

Job Listings

Companies within the plastics industry are working tirelessly to provide the material that is needed for health workers at the frontlines. This may require additional workforce.  As certain industries that are the most impacted at this time (ex: hotel industry) enact furloughs and lay-offs, there’s an opportunity for the plastics industry to provide job opportunities. 

Please post any job openings at your company on our Career Center

PLASTICS Events

The safety and health of our members are our priority and we continue to closely monitor the recommendations from our local and national public health authorities.

The 2020 Spring National Board Meeting, Plastics Industry Fly-In, and 2020 Equipment & Moldmakers Summit have been canceled. The CES Annual Meeting and Machinery Safety Technical Committee Meeting will be virtual web meetings. 

We will continue to provide updates about any future event changes here.

Measures to Protect PLASTICS Staff

On March 11, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency and public health emergency amid the growing number of COVID-19 coronavirus outbreaks in the region. 

To stay prepared and continue normal business activity, all PLASTICS employees are working remotely for the next 30 days, effective Monday, March 16, 2020. We have all the systems in place to function remotely and we do not expect this change to impact workflow. We assure you that all projects will continue through our association as usual.

Also, non-business-critical meetings that require travel will now be held virtually.

As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and our community are of the utmost concern. We will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation.

Contact Us

Do you need help or have questions? Contact the PLASTICS team at covid-19@plasticsindustry.org.