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    OSHA Implements New National Emphasis Program (NEP) Regarding COVID-19

    By: Jane Wu



    On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its new COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP). This new directive aims to ensure that workers in high-hazard industries are protected from the risk of contracting COVID-19. OSHA plans to achieve this through inspection targeting, outreach, and compliance assistance. Ultimately, the goal is to significantly reduce or eliminate COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.

    To accomplish this goal, OSHA set out two plans of action:

    1. OSHA developed two Master Lists of specific industries that will be targeted for programmed inspections with the highest priority given to the healthcare industry. Other targeted industries include, but are not limited to:
      • Food and beverage manufacturing
      • Plastic and rubber manufacturing
      • Metal manufacturing
      • Meat processing

    The Master Lists can be found here and here.

    Unprogrammed inspections are also a part of this plan of action. These inspections prioritize facilities that have recorded COVID-19-related fatalities or multiple hospitalizations due to COIVD-19 exposure and facilities where workers have alleged exposure to COVID-19-related hazards. This NEP also establishes protocol for follow-up inspections of facilities that have already been inspected due to a COVID-19 hazard.

    1. OSHA is increasing focus to prevent retaliation against workers who voice concerns by increasing outreach programs and distributing anti-retaliation materials during inspections. All allegations of retaliation will be referred to the Whistleblower Protection Program.

    This NEP enhances OSHA’s previous coronavirus enforcement efforts. It is effective for up to a year starting March 12, 2021, and a review within six months. While states are not required to adopt this NEP, OSHA strongly encourages them to do so. State plans must notify OSHA of their intention regarding the NEP within 60 days of its issuance.

    Despite each state implementing its own COVID-19 standards, employers should review and familiarize themselves with the NEP to determine if they may be targeted for a CaOVID-19-related inspection. Whether they are on the targeted lists or not, employers should ensure that they’ve implemented all applicable safety measures in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

    The DIVAC Standard

    Doosan operator wearing a mask during COVID-19At DIVAC, we are committed to upholding OSHA’s safety guidelines, especially those related to COVID-19. In keeping with those COVID-19 guidelines, we have implemented strict safety and cleaning protocols in place in our offices and our warehouse.

    Everyone at Doosan wears masks; if someone doesn’t have a mask, one is provided for them. Employees are required to check their temperature and sanitize their hands when they enter the building. All our warehouse employees are supplied with hand sanitizer for their forklifts and gloves. The forklifts are sprayed down before and after each shift as well. All workstations are spaced out 6 feet apart or more, sanitized, and cleaned regularly. Employees are also instructed to social distance and to follow occupancy limits in all enclosed areas within the office such as conference rooms, break rooms, etc. There is a large-scale spray down of the entire facility every Friday, as well.

    We’re committed to adhering to the highest health and safety protocols because we believe in keeping our employees, our dealers and by extension our customers safe. If you have questions about how we are adapting to this COVID-19 climate, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more.



    Sourcewell: The Easier Way to Buy

    By: Conner Cameron



    If you are a government or education entity, or a nonprofit organization, there is now an easier way for you to purchase products, equipment, and contract services – Sourcewell.

    What is Sourcewell?

    Sourcewell is a self-sustaining public government agency based in Minnesota that offers competitively solicited purchasing contracts for products, services, and equipment to its member agencies. The best part is you don’t have to lift a finger in the solicitation process!

    With Sourcewell’s cooperative purchasing program, the procurement process is streamlined. The procurement team takes care of the entire competitive solicitation process by carefully and rigorously vetting each contracted vendor through an 8-step solicitation process. All you need to do is find a contracted vendor you like, obtain a quote, and finalize the sale.

    How Purchasing through Sourcewell Works

    What does this mean?

    When you become a Sourcewell member agency, you are harnessing the buying power of more than 50,000 government, education, and nonprofit organizations. You also have a list of over 400 awarded supplier contracts in a wide variety of industries to choose from. Also, you will save time in the purchasing process and get a good price.

    I’m interested. What now?

    To participate in Sourcewell’s cooperative purchasing program, you must first become a member. Becoming a member is easy. There is no cost, no obligation, and no liability. Membership is available to all government entities, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Registration is also quick and easy. Simply visit the website, and fill out the online registration form. Once your registration is complete, you will receive your official Sourcewell account number. This account number will allow you to quickly make a purchase on any Sourcewell awarded contract.

    To check if you’re already a member agency, visit the member directory.

    As a member, you can reach out to one of the hundreds of awarded world-class vendors. Each vendor has contracted pricing just for member agencies. Just give your account number to the supplier, and you will get your special contract pricing. It’s that easy!

    DIVAC and Sourcewell

    Doosan's Sourcewell Contract Number

    Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corp. has been a Sourcewell contracted vendor since 2016. Our partnership extends to our over 90 independent authorized and trained dealers. You can use your Sourcewell account number at any of our over 200 sales and service locations throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. As a Sourcewell member agency, you will also have access to our entire industrial vehicle product line. This includes 142 separate models of 82 various engine/battery configurations of International Combustion and Electric-Powered vehicles with capacities ranging from 3,000lb to 55,000lb.

    For more information about Sourcewell, or if you would like to place an order with us, you can visit our Sourcewell page, or you can contact Conner Cameron via email at conner.cameron@doosan.com or by phone at 678.745.2249.



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