In this era of ever-changing guidelines addressing workplace health and safety due to COVID-19, the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) has set the tone for responsible and proactive solutions to keep businesses up to date and moving, and invites other manufacturers to join them. 

RIMA has prioritized the importance of safety and has proposed transparent and effective changes to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Rhode Island. While best practices and protocols may change as information about the virus continues to evolve, RIMA’s devotion to their community of businesses and industry workers remains their top priority. To keep this promise, they have created the RIMA Manufacturers Pledge and Response and request Rhode Island manufacturing companies sign it to certify their compliance with COVID-19 safety precautions and policies. 

Why Should You Back This Initiative?

Once a company signs this pledge, RIMA offers to review and assess the company’s procedures in terms of effectiveness in stopping the spread of the virus. This review would help confirm a company’s compliance with the enhanced COVID-19 safety measures mandated by Governor Raimondo. Examples of these enhanced safety measures include controlling site traffic, rigorous hygiene routines, social distancing, and improved communication. 

The Review Process

The review has several phases, beginning with an internal assessment of the effectiveness of the plan, which includes virtual and visual reviews, and ultimately culminates in a signed pledge to certify compliance. Phases would also include the review of documentation of proper safety procedures and the visual observation of protocols, amongst other workplace changes. RIMA may also offer recommendations to further improve worker and community safety. 

The Goal

The purpose of this Pledge is to keep Rhode Island’s manufacturing plants open and running by showing that they are seriously addressing the safety and health concerns of their workforce during the COVID-19 threat. RIMA is encouraging all Rhode Island manufacturers to meet this challenge and sign the pledge by April 30. The RIMA Manufacturers Pledge and Response can be found on RIMA’s homepage in red text, along with other guidelines recommended by the CDC and RI DOH. 

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