A 3 Step Strategy Adopted By CIRCOR To Safeguard Employees And Operations During COVID-19

CIRCOR International And ProcessMAP

While companies around the world have grappled with the challenge of managing through the COVID-19 pandemic, ProcessMAP Corporation, the industry leader in offering a data intelligence platform for employee Health and Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (EHS), has been conducting one of the largest EHS leadership roundtables –Winning COVID-19 with ProcessMAP. During one of our recent roundtable sessions, Perry Hawkins, Corporate Director for EHS and Risk Management at CIRCOR International, shared how his organization approached operational readiness plans and employee health and wellness.  

CIRCOR International is a global manufacturer of valves, pumps, and associated products and services. CIRCOR has more than 4,400 employees across 24 manufacturing facilities in more than 12 countries. The company is a leader in various flow and motion control products and services for the oil and gas, power generation, aerospace, defense, and industrial markets worldwide. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded to become a global health crisis, CIRCOR quickly assembled a corporate-level, cross-functional, crisis management team with leaders from Human Resources, EH&S, Continuous Improvement, and Legal. This team worked directly with the company’s Executive Committee to take necessary actions and acted as a conduit between the company and its customers and suppliers.

CIRCOR implemented a COVID-19 contact or exposure scenario-based decision tree to communicate procedures and next-steps to employees who had either direct, indirect (secondary) or negligible contacts. Depending on the exposure scenario, employees had to adhere to procedures requiring mandatory quarantine or self-quarantine.

In addition, CIRCOR rolled out a three-step COVID-19 response plan for all its sites:

Step 1

  • Assembled a plant-level crisis management team that included the P&L leader, Plant Manager, HR Manager, EH&S Manager, and the Supply Chain Manager for each facility

Step 2

  • Developed the protocols for quarantine and notifications
  • Prepared a communication strategy for both internal plant communications and external communications
  • Enacted safety protocols that included engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE
  • Implemented a cleaning and decontamination strategy
  • Managed operations and facilities by ensuring adequate staffing for critical functions, availability of emergency services, and continuity of the supply chain to meet customer requirements

Step 3

  • Developed an action plan to adhere to the emergency requirements issues by local and national governments, and support essential operations while suspending operations for non-essential functions

CIRCOR continues to follow these practices as the company now pivots towards preparing itself for employees to return to work. We appreciate Perry sharing his insights and best practices from CIRCOR’s playbook to stay resilient during this crisis period.

This blog is a part of a new series of curated content that ProcessMAP is sharing with the larger EHS community, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this space for our next blog! To read our previous blog in this series, Click Here! Share your thoughts and perspectives, in the comments section below, on how are you managing the impact of COVID-19 at your workplace.

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