COVID-19

This page will compile sourcing requests and manufacturing-specific resources related to COVID-19.

SWIMA is actively communicating needs and resources relevant to manufacturers in real-time. Here is a listing of what we’ve been working on.

  • 3/27 and ongoing–communication sourcing requests with suppliers, emailing members and the greater manufacturing community regarding labor/tax/sourcing/etc. updates related to manufacturing
  • 3/26/20–Communicated clarifications on “Essential” vs. “Non-essential” in terms of Critical Manufacturing businesses, continued to match willing manufacturers to those seeking medical equipment manufacturers, both complete product and component manufacturing.
  • 3/25/20–Created and provided an “Critical Industry Employee Authorization to Travel” template for manufacturers to provide to their active workforce.
  • 3/25/20–Drafted a letter to Governor Little requesting more clarification of Essential Business to include Critical Manufacturers as identified here.
  • 3/25/20–Gathering a list of 3D printing companies as a resource for PPE manufacturing. Email tiffany@swima.org to be included on the list.
  • 3/24/20–Governor Little’s office has asked for a list of Idaho companies that manufacture medical equipment. We have sent over an initial list and continue to update it. (See Sourcing Requests below.)
  • 3/20/20–Worked with Senator Crapo’s office to submit a list of manufacturers willing help with respirator production. (See Sourcing Requests below.)
  • 3/19/20–Opened up the ‘beta’ forum on the member portal for members to share best practices, sourcing needs and other resources, both COVID-19 and general business-related.
  • Ongoing–Sent sourcing requests and matched companies who can potentially fill needs.
  • Ongoing–Emailed correspondence to our members with information such as ‘essential manufacturing’ definitions, best practices and OSHA information regarding infectious disease.

How to Help

united way logoOur health community is short on medical and hygiene supplies. If you have any items of value including respirators, gloves, PPE, gowns, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, and much more please consider donating it. A community virtual donation matching service has been established by United Way of Treasure Valley in concert with our District Health Departments. Visit this link to see the items needed and let them know what you could donate. Click Here  Thank you for joining the community of helpers working hard during this crisis.

If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).
    • This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
  • If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

National Institute of Health (NIH) 3D Print Exchange

3D printing technology is advancing at a rapid pace, but it is difficult to find or create 3D-printable models that are scientifically accurate or medically applicable. The NIH 3D Print Exchange provides models in formats that are readily compatible with 3D printers, and offers a unique set of tools to create and share 3D-printable models related to biomedical science.

Discover 3D Models

Click here to see designs for PPE and devices in support of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Submit a COVID-19 related prototype

Submissions can be entered here. The Veterans Health Administration is leading a process to review protective equipment and other devices in demand for the COVID-19 crisis. Prototypes that meet applicable standards will be designated as “Clinically Reviewed.”

Sourcing Requests

Critical Supply Crowd Sourcing List–See the list of critical supplies. Please email if you can provide one or more of the listed items.

Get us PPE.org — Empowering communities to get PPE to the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • New York City’s Request – NYC is in the midst of rapid emergency procurement of PPE to aid in the city’s response to COVID-19. NYEDC is seeking businesses with the ability to source and/or make products such as face shields, isolation gowns, goggles, ventilators, nasal swabs, etc. If you know of any Idaho companies have excess medical supplies and would like to support New York City, please follow link and complete the below application.  COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing
  • NAM’s COVID-19 Components Survey The White House has further inquired about component parts to aid the nation’s COVID-19 response. The National Association of Manufacturers is aiming to quickly collect information about your potential to donate, produce and ship the following components listed in the survey.
  • Governor Little’s office has asked for a list of Idaho companies that manufacture medical equipment. Please email tiffany@swima.org if you’d like your company included on the list.
  • Senator Crapo’s office is looking for manufacturers that might shift to producing respirators. If you, or someone you know, might be able to help with this request, please email tiffany@swima.org.
  • Bottles needed for sanitizer: not yet filled plastic personal care product bottles, or a plastics extruder who can make or has inventory. Email tiffany@swima.org if you can help.
  • To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov.
  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
  • If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
  • For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

Workplace Considerations

Manufacturing-Specific Guidelines

  1. Increase work space and distance between employees.
  2. Minimize auditors, customers, vendors entering your facility and encourage the use of technology.
  3. Conduct meetings remotely or hold internal group meetings in larger conference rooms where people can maintain distance.
  4. Alter cafeteria practices so people have more space or stagger lunch times.
  5. Install disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer locations throughout the facilities.
  6. Disinfect conference rooms, office, desk locations down regularly throughout the day.

General Work Site Guidelines

  1. Conduct plan checks electronically or through a drop box outside the office.
  2. Determine a time for building inspections when only the inspector is present, ensuring that builders have vacated the site.
  3. Establish screening procedure, including temperature screenings, at facility entrances.
  4. Restrict access to critical work areas and introduce rotating shifts for workers.
  5. Establish onsite accommodations and protocol to manage individuals reporting flu-like symptoms while at work.
  6. Increase the frequency of janitorial services for shared space cleaning, including, but not limited to, workstations, countertops, handles, doorknobs, gang boxes, shared tools, and equipment.
    Service portable bathrooms frequently and provide hand sanitizer in/or around all portable bathrooms.
  7. Do not permit communal food on the jobsite or use a common water cooler.
  8. Do not permit the sharing of tools or personal protection equipment (PPE).
  9. Sanitize reusable PPE per manufacturer’s recommendation prior to each use and ensure it is properly disposed of.
  10. Instruct workers to wash hands after removing gloves.
  11. Instruct workers to change work clothes prior to arriving home and to wash clothes in hot water with laundry sanitizer.

Business Resources

US Chamber – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know

US Chamber – Coronavirus Small Business Guide

CARES Act Breakdown – CARES-Section-by-Section

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) — The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Employers are required to post this poster and/or email or mail to employees not working at the place of business.

State of Idaho’s Statewide Stay-Home Order & Essential Services defined, and ‘Stay-Home Order’ Poster

Department of Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure Agency’s Guidance on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

HUB International’s Risk Services Department provided a Workforce Absence Management document employers may find helpful. HUB Risk Workforce Abs Mgt – Coronavirus Update 3-23-20 – FFCRA

National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) COVID 19 Policy Action Plan

TechHelp’s COVID-19 Updates Page — Our partners at TechHelp have compiled a comprehensive list of resources. Check it out…

Idaho Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) COVID-19 resource page also includes a survey for businesses to report how they’ve been affected by COVID-19…take the survey here: https://forms.gle/QQsyLdwGR19Kvfev7

SBA COVID-19 Support for Small Business: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out more here. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (link sends e-mail).

The State of Idaho will need responses from small businesses to demonstrate economic injury as determined by the SBA in order to activate Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance. In order to respond, businesses should complete and the SBA Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet to assist with the qualification process. The worksheet can be found on the Idaho Commerce website at https://commerce.idaho.gov/covid-19/.  Forms can be downloaded, completed, and emailed to Jerry Miller at the Idaho Department of Commerce at jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov. For alternative submission options, call 208-287-0780.

Center for Disease ControlBusiness Recommendations

OSHAGuidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID 19

Idaho Commerce – Covid-19 page for businesses

State of IdahoOfficial Resources for COVID 19

Restore Your Economy – COVID 19 Resources