CGA Industry Toolkit for COVID-19 Response

(Last updated: June 26, 2020)

In this online toolkit, we’re providing resources, links, and other critical information related to the novel Coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, to assist members of the Compressed Gas Association as well as others in the industry in your response efforts during this pandemic. This content will be updated on a frequent basis, so be sure to refresh your web browser to see all the latest news and information.

Toolkit Table of Contents

Top Stories / Featured Resources

U.S. DHS CISA Declares Medical Gases and Other CGA Member Activities “Essential” to COVID-19 Response

Updated: May 22, 2020

On March 18, 2020 (updated April 28, 2020), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 as a part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DHS also published the related Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce on March 19, 2020 (updated May 19, 2020).

In this guidance, DHS provides a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers…to help state and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.”

DHS defines “Manufacturers, technicians, logistics and warehouse operators, and distributors of … medical gases” as “essential.” Other CGA member activities are also identified as essential in the CISA guidance, such as food manufacturer employees and their supplier employees…

Public Safety Canada Issues Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 2, 2020, Public Safety Canada issued “Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

This guidance helps align the list of essential workers across the provinces and territories. CGA member activities are included under several categories.

The purpose of the document is to help provinces / territories, Indigenous communities, and municipalities protect their communities while maintaining the reliable operation of critical infrastructure services and functions to ensure the health, safety, and economic well-being of the population…

CGA-Led Industry Coalition Sends Letter to U.S. Vice President Warning of Risk of Carbon Dioxide Shortage

On April 7, 2020, an industry coalition led by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), and including representatives from multiple food and beverage groups, submitted a letter to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence expressing strong concern that the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic creates a significant risk of a shortage in carbon dioxide (CO2).

Such a shortage would significantly impact access to essential food and beverage supplies as well as other essential sectors of the U.S. economy…

U.S. Government News & Resources

We highlight here news, links, and resources related to the U.S. government response to COVID-19, at the federal, state, and local level.

For additional news and resources, see the U.S. Government page of this COVID-19 industry toolkit.

U.S. CDC Issues Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces, Businesses, and Public Spaces

Posted May 5, 2020

This guidance from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to homes. Cleaning and disinfecting spaces including your workplace, school, home, and business will require you to:

  • Develop a plan
  • Implement your plan
  • Maintain and revise your plan

This guidance provides a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices.

FEMA Provides Fact Sheet on Planning Considerations for Restarting Operations

May 5, 2020

Although many parts of company operations may have remained open during government shelter orders, others were either conducted remotely or curtailed.

On April 29, 2020, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published a new fact sheet, “Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

This FEMA publication provides factors to consider when planning for resumption of more normal operations.

U.S. State & Local Government COVID-19 Response Trackers

Updated: May 22, 2020

NAM Tools Track Emerging U.S. State and Local Emergency Response/Reopening Affecting Manufacturing Operations

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) provides an online interactive map, showing COVID-19 resources gathered from its state partners and local governments across all 50 U.S. states.

NAM State Partners and Local Governments Resource Map
(scroll down to see the map)

As U.S. cities, states, and counties issue and revise emergency orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, and gradually to reopen, NAM has been working to help manufacturers nationwide assess and understand the implications of these orders. The following NAM resource provides a snapshot to help U.S. manufacturers understand how various emergency orders affect their ability to operate.

NAM U.S. State COVID Operations Snapshot (PDF)

MultiState Assoc. Emerging U.S. State and Local Government Response/Reopening Tracker

MultiState Associates, a state and local government relations firm, is maintaining a google sheet Dashboard to track U.S. state and local government response to COVID-19, including reopening orders. The company also provides maps and other resources for tracking how states and localities are responding to the crisis.

MultiState Associates COVID-19 U.S. Gov Activity Dashboard (Google Sheet)

Canada Government News & Resources

We highlight here news, links, and resources related to the Canada government response to COVID-19, at the federal, provincial, and local level.

For additional news and resources, see the Canada Government page of this COVID-19 industry toolkit.

Transport Canada Issues Temporary Certificates Related to Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Updated)

On March 27, 2020, Transport Canada issued two temporary certificates related to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), to provide temporary regulatory relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Certificate TU 0750 allows workers with expired recurrent training to continue working.

Certificate TU 0751 allowed the use of cylinders that are out of requalification date but are in all other ways acceptable for filling and use. On April 15, 2020, Transport Canada issued a revised Temporary Certificate, TU 0751.1, authorizing the handling, the offering for transport, the transport, or importation of dangerous goods…

CGA News & Resources

We highlight here resources and news from the Compressed Gas Association to assist CGA members in your response to COVID-19.

For additional news and resources, see the CGA page of this COVID-19 industry toolkit.

CGA Offers Free Medical Oxygen Supply Chain Posters

Members of the Compressed Gas Association stand ready to meet the medical oxygen needs of healthcare providers in the U.S. and Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our member companies continue to produce and deliver essential products, particularly oxygen and other medical gases. We know you have ramped up production in preparation for anticipated demand related to COVID-19, drawing on experience from seasonal demand surges, natural disaster response, and lessons learned from your global COVID-19 response teams.

And throughout this crisis, medical oxygen suppliers will need to closely communicate with your healthcare facility customers so that together, you can monitor the situation and reallocate resources as necessary to respond to spikes in demand.

CGA has published two new, free posters, which medical oxygen suppliers can share with your customers…

Other Resources

We provide here additional resources to aid in your COVID-19 response.

NAM Encourages All Americans to Wear a Mask

Posted: June 26, 2020

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released a new ad calling on all Americans to help get our economy roaring, protect jobs, and stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering in public spaces. “Our economy depends on it — and lives depend on it.”

CGA’s President & CEO Rich Gottwald sits on NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.

Commercial Real Estate Firm Offers “The Safe Six Checklist” for Re-Opening Buildings

Posted: April 29, 2020

Commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield has developed “The Safe Six Checklist” to provide guidance to consider when re-opening buildings as shelter orders are lifted as well as for facilities that are already in operation.

In its Checklist, the company outlines “The Safe Six” workplace readiness essentials:

  1. Prepare the Building – implement cleaning plans, pre-return inspections, and HVAC and mechanicals checks
  2. Prepare the Workforce – create policies for deciding who returns, shift/schedule management, and employee communications
  3. Control Access – enforce protocols for safety and health checks, building reception, shipping/receiving, elevators, and visitor policies
  4. Create a Social Distancing Plan – follow guidelines for decreasing density, schedule management, and office traffic patterns
  5. Reduce Touch Points & Increase Cleaning – implement open doors, clean-desk policy, food plans, and regular cleaning of common areas
  6. Communicate for Confidence – recognize the fear employees may feel in returning, communicate transparently and listen/survey regularly