It is a Northwest Hardwoods core value to protect the health and safety of our employees and contractors. As a result, we have made several changes in how we operate in order to protect the health and safety of our employees:
- Implemented work-at-home policy for all office personnel
- Modified workstations to comply with CDC guidelines on social distancing
- Eliminated group meetings and closed common eating areas
- Implemented workplace sterilization procedures at the end of each shift
- Increased levels of personal protection equipment
- Implemented a quarantine policy for high risk-of-exposure occurrences
The DHS has designated that the wood products industry is an “essential critical infrastructure workforce” in the nation’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have been working with each state’s Governor’s office to understand their specific orders for us in supplying the pallet stock, wood chips, railroad ties, and lumber which support the country’s response to this pandemic. To date, all states/localities that have issued “stay-at-home” orders have either adopted the DHS guidance, or otherwise designated sawmills to be essential business.
We will continue to operate at the direction of government bodies and follow the expertise of medical professionals and health authorities to help ensure the health and safety of all NWH stakeholders.