As multiple state and government agencies have limited travel and ordered people to shelter in their place of residence, essential businesses like Greenheck Group are addressing new challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Greenheck Group manufactures a wide variety of commercial air movement, control and conditioning equipment, including ventilation, exhaust and damper products that are necessary to create safe environments for healthcare workers and patients in hospitals, surgical suites, laboratories and senior care centers. Hospitals across the U.S. are asking contractors to build more patient isolation rooms and testing facilities to accommodate the increasing number of COVID-19 patients.
In March, urgent orders for Greenheck Group products have been received from around the country, and the company responded quickly. A couple examples include:
- Greenheck was engaged by hospitals in California and Virginia to provide Vektor and FumeJet lab exhaust equipment for new patient isolation rooms. Typically, this equipment requires weeks to manufacture and ship. Greenheck expedited the orders for 10-day shipping.
- A south Florida hospital is converting a patient space into a COVID-19 ICU. Airflow is critically important. Greenheck’s Kentucky plant manufactured a vital louver product in one day and airfreighted it to the jobsite.
In addition, to keep team members, families and communities safe at all its manufacturing facilities, the company has implemented a comprehensive set of social distancing, workplace hygiene and illness response protocols. It also formed a COVID-19 Response Team, which implemented policies based on CDC guidelines:
- Inbound and outbound travel was stopped
- Time gap was created between shift changes to prevent exposure
- Sanitization of workspaces and common areas before and after each shift
- Removal of all shared vending, coffee and water from facilities
- Developed a remote worker program
- Expanded employee absence guidelines
In addition, the company expanded its existing absence policies by creating the “Emergency Absence System.” A support line was launched, and team members were given the ability to stay home without fear of it hurting their employment status, including:
- Personal illness or family illness
- Concern about the risk of illness
- Childcare needs
- Providing care to others at risk