April 6, 2020 ARA Update to Recyclers
PPE usage and alternatives:
Various federal agencies are updating their workplace recommendations for personal protective equipment PPE usage and alternatives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued both recommendations and guidance respectively regarding the use of cloth face coverings and “appropriate respiratory protection” in the workplace. Because approximately 25 – 50 percent of people who have COVID-19 do not show symptoms, the CDC recommends cloth face coverings for everyone that can be “fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost ….as an additional, voluntary public health measure”. OSHA went further in addressing scenarios for the essential workforce. They stated in guidance that employers should “Make a good-faith effort to provide and ensure workers use the most appropriate respiratory protection available for the hazards against which workers need to be protected.”
The recommendations and guidance can be found in these two links:
Vehicle disinfecting is an important topic and HERE is an example of one automaker’s recommended processes.
Even though the U.S. federal government’s CARE Act small business loan program is having major problems in being implemented, Democrats in Congress are considering a fourth economic relief bill to fund infrastructure investments and provide more immediate financial relief to states, small businesses, health care workers, farmers and direct payments to citizens. The measure is being called “CARES 2.” More details are expected later this month amidst some early push back from Republicans.
Use the following NAIC code when preparing your PPP documentation: NAICS Code 423140 – Motor Vehicle Parts (Used) Merchant Wholesalers.