Institute for Supply Management®’s Report On Business® Series for May 2020. Hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady welcome Chair, Tim Fiore for a closer look at the factors that went into the Manufacturing Report On Business and this month’s PMI. Don’t miss this in-depth, exclusive interview available only on Manufacturing Talk Radio.
With all 50 states operating on some form of partial lockdown, many workers are able to return to their jobs for the first time in months. However, concerns have been raised for factory workers in particular due to how the environments they work in may place them at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. As a result, the CDC and OSHA issued new joint guidelines earlier this month for manufacturing and industrial facilities. (Read More)
Women And Manufacturing
The time has come for us to consider what it will look like to return to work once stay-at-home directions are withdrawn. How are employers preparing workplaces to ensure the safety of employees, and what role do safety professionals play in getting America back to work? In this episode, host Jennifer McNelly speaks with Diana Stegall, president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), about how they’re helping to prepare workplaces for employees to return safely, both physically and psychologically. They cover topics from the roles and responsibilities of safety professionals at this time and how COVID-19 has changed those roles within organizations to the hierarchy of controls and how it is applied in direct ways in large companies versus small companies. Diana explains systems thinking like Plan-Do-Check-Act, and the importance of having scalable and flexible solutions, as well as the role that trust and communication plays in the psychological safety of workers. For some practical advice for business leaders aiming to not only survive but thrive coming out of the pandemic, make sure not to miss today’s episode!