January 2021 COVID-19 Update from UPF President
2020 has finally come to an end. However, our COVID challenges have not ended. As you know, all of our states and counties continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 at a rapid pace. Early on, we made some adjustments to our policies, and the government enacted some policies to assist us through this. Below is how we will be approaching the first quarter of 2021 for all facilities.
- Employees working from home will continue to work remotely. If an employee would like to return to the facility, they are asked to speak with their manager. There may be some employees that will be requested to work in the facility. Managers will contact those employees.
- All employees in the facility will be required to wear a Face Covering. Especially in common areas, hallways, breakrooms, and restrooms. With the exception that if they are working alone in a tank, alone at their workstation, or in an office. However, if someone comes into their workspace, all should be wearing a face covering.
- Employees will be required to submit a COVID-19 health survey before entering the building. This survey is very important. We ask that it is to be answered daily and honestly. If an employee responds yes to any question, it will prompt them to talk to their supervisor. HR or supervisor may ask additional questions to ensure if coming to work is safe for the employee their co-workers.
- All other protocol must continue
- Social distancing
- Washing hands frequently
- Staggering lunches
- Cleaning and sanitizing areas several times a day
- Inside doors should remain open to alleviate high touch spots.
- Stay home if you are sick
UPF manufactures and maintains components for emergency vehicles, such as Fire Apparatus, Rescues, Ambulances, Aircraft Rescue, and Firefighting Vehicles. This was deemed Critical Manufacturing from Director Christopher C. Krebs, Department of Homeland Security March 19, 2020 Memorandum of Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure works During the COVID-19 Response
UPF products are integral in supporting thousands of other workers’ jobs manufacturing Emergency Vehicles. Those vehicles are the lifeblood of the first responders facing this crisis and in addition to responding to fires, accidents, and other critical care calls.
We’re working closely with our suppliers and customers to make the necessary adjustments to our operations. The way states respond to coronavirus varies around the country, and we’re treating these unique situations on a local level to ensure we’re as close to each situation as possible.
We have three manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, Florida, and Wisconsin. I want to thank all of the UPF employees for their contribution to delivering high-quality products and outstanding service to our customers throughout this pandemic.
We will continue to assess our situation regularly and respond quickly and safely. We will continue to share updates via social media and email as new information and events become available.
Please safe and healthy,