COVID-19 response & readiness:
Employees & Visitors
Updated May 8, 2020
In an ongoing effort to maintain the health of our employees, customers, vendors, business, and our community, Douglas has implemented the practices outlined below. These practices are informed by guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the White House Task Force and the Minnesota Department of Health.
The following measures have been taken to maximize health and limit the chances of exposure:
Hygiene and etiquette
Good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette are recognized as key practical measures in the fight against further spread of COVID-19. Douglas is actively encouraging its employee-owners to be mindful of these practices.
Whenever possible, Douglas employees and visitors are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between one another.
Meetings and gatherings
Douglas is discontinuing in-person meetings of 10 or more individuals. For meetings under 10 people, participants are expected to practice smart hand hygiene and safe social distancing. Where possible, web conferencing tools are encouraged in lieu of face-to-face meetings.
Douglas maintenance and cleaning personnel have enacted a disinfecting routine where chairs, desks, railings, door knobs, tables, microwaves, refrigerators and common areas are sanitized daily. All common areas and shared work spaces have been stocked with disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.
In April, we also purchased two cordless electrostatic sprayers. These sprayers allow our maintenance staff to achieve three times the coverage and five times the efficiency of traditional spray bottles, wipes or mops. This is due to the fact that these sprayers produce positively charged disinfectant droplets which magnetically attract to and wrap around target surfaces.
To maximize social distancing and minimize potential for exposure and transmission Douglas has established staggered work-from-home schedules for employees who have an interest in working from home and are able to meet work-from-home criteria.
High risk individuals
For individuals identified as high risk by the CDC, Douglas has created a number of options designed to create social distancing and minimize chances for exposure.
All visitors are pre-screened prior to arrival and/or entry of a Douglas facility. This screening requires that visitors provide satisfactory responses to key risk-assessment questions. Inbound deliveries are subject to a specific screening protocol that mitigates risk while enabling the successful execution of all deliveries.
Factory Acceptance Tests
While our preference has always been to encourage in-person Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), current events suggest this may become increasingly difficult and unsafe. With this in mind, Douglas is encouraging all customers with machines in process to consider a Remote-FAT, or R-FAT. We believe this is our best opportunity to limit unnecessary travel, maintain recommended social distancing guidelines, and ensure timely project completion. You can find more information on R-FATs here.
For those customers who still wish to perform in-person FATs, Douglas has established a clear protocol. Project Managers will communicated these shared expectations in advance of customer visits.
If air travel is deemed essential, employees are subject to the same screening protocol enacted for visitors prior to returning to the Douglas facilities.