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The UMA’s Center for Business and Continuous Improvement is gathering information to help Utah manufacturers deal with the latest COVID-19 related information. UMA’s Center exists to directly help Utah manufacturing companies enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and performance.

If you have any questions you would like addressed in future updates, or feedback about this information, please contact the UMA Center Director, Ryan Mecham at ryanm@umaweb.org .
COVID-19 Update from the Utah Labor Commission’s Utah Occupational Safety and Health (UOSH) Division 

Todd Bingham, President & CEO of UMA, serves as a member of the UOSH Advisory Board. As part of their meeting today, UOSH informed their of two items, including: 
  1. UOSH has not yet made, and is not currently enforcing any new rules when it comes to COVID-19.  None of the recommendations made by the CDC or other agencies, including wearing cloth masks, N95 respirators, or other respirators as PPE to protect against COVID-19, are currently being enforced by UOSH. If the State of Utah moves forward in adopting any of these recommendations as safety rules, UOSH will follow the rulemaking procedure, and inform all of you as stakeholders.  
  2. UOSH will address respirator use/non-use, fit tests, and medical evaluations on a case-by-case basis.  The companies/sites that require all employees to wear respirators for the sole purpose of protecting against COVID-19 are, it is assumed, attempting to adhere to recommendations from agencies other than UOSH. Therefore, UOSH will not be pursuing citations in those situations.  However, when employees are wearing respirators for recognized hazards such as silica, respirators should be used only when they have followed the proper procedures of fit-testing, medical evaluations, etc.  
FEMA Issues Temporary Rule Prohibiting Certain PPE From Leaving the U.S. 

Here is the update we received from the National Association of Manufacturers: 

The NAM has learned that on Friday, April 10, using authority from the Defense Production Act, FEMA plans to issue a temporary final rule to require that five types of personal protective equipment only be used domestically. In other words, under the rule, all exports of specified PPE will require explicit approval by FEMA.

The rule instructs that exports of such PPE will be detained by Customs and Border Protection for FEMA inspection. FEMA will determine whether to return the PPE to domestic use, issue a prioritized order for the goods or allow the shipment to move forward. The rule includes an exemption for U.S. manufacturers with contracts in place before Jan. 1, 2020, if 80% of their domestic production was distributed within the United States in the preceding 12 months. The FEMA administrator will consider additional exemptions as necessary.

You can find the details on the Federal Register here
Michael Best published a very detailed summary of the CARES Act tax provision here

The CARES Act – Summary of Tax Provisions

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” commonly referred to as the “CARES Act.” The principal provisions relating to taxes are contained in Title II, Subtitles B and C. Michael Best has previously prepared and posted, and is continually updating, extensive materials regarding the provisions relating to retirement funds, temporary waiver of required minimum distributions for certain retirement plans and accounts, the exclusion for certain employer payments of student loans, employee retention credits, and delay of employer payroll taxes. The purpose of this Update is to summarize the remaining tax-related provisions in Title II, Subtitles B and C of the CARES Act.

Read the full summary here .
Procter & Gamble’s Box Elder plant, a UMA Member, running 24/7 to keep up with toilet paper demand

By Mike Anderson, KSL TV | Posted - Apr. 8, 2020 at 7:25 a.m.

BEAR RIVER CITY — Employees at the Procter & Gamble plant in Box Elder County are working around the clock to keep up with the push to get more toilet paper on shelves nationwide.

That means they’re having to keep a full regular staff while maintaining social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Human resources leader Tommy Montoya said it’s meant many changes, including only one chair per table in the break rooms and keeping everyone in one assigned station for their whole shift.

Read the rest of the article here
Utah DNA company says it developed cutting-edge saliva test for COVID-19

By Jasen Lee, KSL | Posted - Apr. 8, 2020 at 6:44 a.m.

DRAPER — A Utah company says it has developed a test that may allow virtually anyone to find out whether they have the new coronavirus.

Scientists at Spectrum DNA have repurposed technology initially created to help users trace their ancestral lineage through saliva to now be used to detect COVID-19. Until recently, testing for the coronavirus required individuals to undergo invasive and often painful nasal and throat swabbing to gathering biologic material necessary for examination.

Read the rest of the story here
The National Association of Manufacturers Assembling a Database for COVID-19 Medical Suppliers and Consumers 

We encourage all manufacturers that can provide crucial supplies to help with the COVID-19 epidemic to click here and add your abilities to a national database used by the National Association of Manufacturers and FEMA. 

Also, if you are looking for COVID-19 related medical and PPE supplies, click here
If you would like to learn how UMA's Center can help you, please contact
Ryan Mecham, Director of UMA's Center for Business and Continuous Improvement, at ryanm@umaweb.org or 801-557-9105.
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