Hydrite Chemical Co. continues to closely monitor developments with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With this situation continuously evolving, our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers, and stakeholders. Throughout our planning and preparedness activities, our actions are aligned with and informed by guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As details of the COVID-19 outbreak continue to break we would like to communicate what we know and how we are working to minimize the effects internally at Hydrite as well as externally to our partners.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) considered a food borne illness?
A: As of right now the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is not considered a food borne illness but is transmitted through direct contact with infected humans. While it is not a food borne illness, we at Hydrite, are committed to working with our partners to limit potential exposure, ensure continuity of supply as much as possible, and assist with programs that help to reduce potential contamination.
Q: Does Hydrite have products for use against coronavirus?
A: Yes; Hydrite offers products that are on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 for use in your facility. We also provide other disinfectants that have shown effectiveness against viruses similar to the SARS-CoV-2 that is causing COVID-19.
Q: How do I find a list of products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19?
A: The most current and updated version of the “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2” can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
Q: Can Hydrite help in selecting the appropriate products for my application?
A: Yes; we have a team of experts dedicated to helping our customers select the right products and services. We offer guidance and training on proper cleaning procedures to help reduce COVID-19 risk.
Q: How do I contact a Hydrite expert?
A: Feel free to submit an online request, call toll free 855-365-7500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are the conditions and security of your supply chain?
A: The vast majority of our raw materials are sourced domestically. We are not experiencing any supply chain delays due to the virus. We have gone through great efforts to expand our supply chain to ensure contingencies are in place for events such as this.
While the situation is fluid and ever-changing , we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure security of supply to our customer base and will update on a regular basis any changes to this. We have also taken additional steps to ensure that we have increased inventory of sanitizers and disinfectants for our partners as they also continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines for this pandemic.
Q: What steps can we take to reduce potential contamination?
A: The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of disease.
- Limiting access to facilities to only essential personnel that are not experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, or chest pain.
- Attention to cleaning and intervention techniques at shared walkways in which people travel to get to their jobs.
Increased Attention to Cleaning and Sanitizing of Common Areas
- Ensure common areas are cleaned and sanitized on a consistent basis.
- Focus attention on keeping and maintaining a clean and sanitary processing environment and following proper Good Manufacturing Practices (21 CFR 117)
Hand and Personal Hygiene
- Frequently washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use of an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with those that are sick.
Q: What is Hydrite doing to help prevent potential contamination?
A: Hydrite has outlines several policies for its facilities and personnel are to strictly adhere to the following, CDC’s interim guidance.
- Sick employees should stay home. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of signs of fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom alternating medicines.
- Employees should continue to practice illness prevention techniques include staying home if sick, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing hands frequently, especially before eating and after using the restroom and avoid touching your eyes, face and mouth.
- Emphasis is on hand hygiene. Employees should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is also an option.
- Routine environmental cleaning is also essential. Increase the frequency of routine cleaning of commonly accessed areas and surfaces. These commonly accessed areas can include the reception area, lunch and break rooms and any area that employees pass through to get to their work areas.
- All non-essential travel has been halted until which time the pandemic has been deemed to be controlled. We will be working to ensure that we are meeting our customer obligations to service and prompt response times and balancing that with facilities pandemic response protocol.
- Hydrite is also placing a ban on international travel for work within the Food Group as well as monitoring, reviewing and limiting the travel from hotspots as outlined on the CDC website.
Hydrite’s Preparedness Statement to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Hydrite Chemical Co. continues to closely monitor developments with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have been taking steps to ensure the safety and wellness of our employees and customers, review business continuity plans, and evaluate the need and attendance at group gatherings.
Hydrite has implemented many additional measures to prevent the spread of disease in our facilities, which are aligned with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Effective immediately, we have negotiated with our cleaning contractors to provide increased cleaning and disinfection activities that will focus on common touch points in our facilities such as doors, railings, common countertops, and cafeteria areas. Additionally, Hydrite is following and has communicated to our employees the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers, which includes recommendations for staying healthy and preventing the spread of disease.
Regarding supply chain management, Hydrite has proactively qualified many alternative suppliers of raw materials that are sourced from international manufacturers. We continue to identify and qualify alternative suppliers of raw materials in the event that certain suppliers are not able to supply product.
In our manufacturing facilities, Hydrite has a robust set of GMP Prerequisite Programs which prevent the contamination and spread of communicable diseases from employees to finished product.
Hydrite currently maintains a Business Continuity Plan, which identifies essential business functions and roles to maintain business operations, and outlines a plan for how our business would operate if there was increasing absenteeism or supply chains were interrupted.
Our Crisis Management Team is actively monitoring any developments relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19). With executive oversight, we’ll continuously evaluate, update and communicate any required changes to our response and related business continuity plans as provided for by the CDC, WHO and local, state and federal health and governmental authorities.