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DMI COVID-19 Resource Center
DMI COVID-19 Policy Page

DMI Policy for the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated - 3/2/2022

As many of you may have seen COVID-19 restrictions are loosening at both the federal and state level.  After reviewing the current guidance we have decided to slowly start relaxing restrictions at DMI as well.  Please see below for all changes that are effective starting MARCH 6, 2022.

 

 

Daily COVID Check-ins—Employees and visitors no longer have to complete the COVID questionnaires prior to entering the building.  If you are experiencing COVID-related symptoms it is still your responsibility to inform HR prior to entering the building.

 

PTO Use/Quarantining – 

  • Employees may only opt to use personal, vacation, or unpaid time if they are confirmed to have COVID. 

  • Employees can avoid having to quarantine by staying up to date on COVID vaccinations.  In the event of close contact, employees are not required to quarantine if they either have had their booster shot or have received their second vaccine in the past six months.  

  • In the event that an employee has to quarantine because of close contact, they may either use sick time or go unpaid with no write-up. 

  • Any employee that is experiencing symptoms must be show proof of a COVID test dated within 48 hours.  Home tests must have the employee’s name and the date handwritten on them.

 

 

Provided things continue to trend well and cases continue to stay down we will slowly be making more and more adjustments to current COVID-related protocols.  As that happens we will make sure to keep you all informed.

 

Lastly, for those of you not aware, the US government is providing four free COVID tests via the USPS.  You can place your order here-- https://special.usps.com/testkits. It is limited to one order per household.

 

If there are any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact DMI HR.

DMI is committed to employee safety and due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, DMI has the following business policies in place until further notice:  

  • MASKS are required, regardless of vaccination status, when entering DMI and moving around the DMI facility or when with others sharing a workspace, office, or conference room for any reason. Anyone DMI staff found breaking our mask mandate will be subjected to disciplinary action. (Please see below for DMI's FULL mask policy in details)

 

  • There is a strict 3-person limit in both the office and Whse lunchroom, and social distancing of at least 6 feet is required while eating (since masks will be off). We also ask that masks stay on in the lunchroom except when actively eating.

  • ANY Non-Business related visitor of DMI MUST be approved by management. ALL VISITORS are required to wear a mask when entering the building.

  • Any DMI Staff member who feels they have Covid symptoms or exposure should contact the HR Dept ASAP, and stay home until further notice. DMI will require all staff who have Covid concerns regarding their own health or possible exposure to someone with Covid will need to show proof of a Covid test. (Negative Test results are needed to return to work and proof of testing is needed for staff using Covid as a reason to call out of work, unless DMI policy or HR requires staff to stay home for other Covid related reasons. 

  • The DMI Office shall not reach 100% occupied at any time. A hybrid schedule is in place to ensure this.

DMI has followed CDC guidelines since the onset of the pandemic and unless a specific policy has been presented by DMI Mgmt, DMI will continue to follow all CDC guidelines including travel policies. 

Unless HR has proof that you are fully vaccinated you must follow the rules in place for unvaccinated people.

Additionally, we are maintaining our COVID altered sick policy.  If you are out of work for an active COVID reason (i.e. awaiting test results, tested positive for COVID, quarantined, etc.) you have the option to use the PTO of your choice or to remain out unpaid.  DMI will still require anyone out for an active COVID reason to be cleared before returning to work (with a negative antigen test or doctor's note). This altered sick policy does not include what the CDC has termed ‘long COVID’.  If you are experiencing lingering symptoms from COVID, DMI urges you to speak to your doctor about FMLA to avoid receiving any disciplinary action related to excessive absenteeism. PLEASE continue to communicate with HR if you have symptoms of Covid or have been exposed to someone who is Covid positive (or has Covid concerns). Contact tracing has been key to keeping our staff safe, PLEASE continue to be transparent with HR with any Covid issues or concerns!

Meetings at DMI:

All business meetings at the DMI office and warehouse will be limited and all meetings require participants to use face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines until further notice. DMI will continue to monitor the situation and provide guidance as more information on the extent and severity of the outbreak becomes available. 

Employees who become ill:

Employees who become ill with virus-like symptoms will need to contact a health care provider as well as the HR department for direction as soon as possible. Employees with the following symptoms are to call out sick and not report to work.

Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Body aches

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Lost of tase or smell

  • Cold-like symptoms

 

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employees remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees F or 37.8 degrees C) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, as such this is now the policy of DMI.

 

How to prevent sickness in the workplace: 

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.

  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

  • Wear masks inside the DMI facilities.

  • Follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet or more

 

DMI will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the workplace and in common areas. Cleaning sprays and wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards.

 

Employees are encouraged to use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this outbreak. IT support services are available to employees who need assistance with this technology.

Please contact DMI's human resources with any questions or concerns - Brittny Dean - Brittny@DMIORG.com

DMI Mask Policy - Details:

MASKS are required, regardless of vaccination status, when entering DMI and moving around the DMI facility or when with others sharing a workspace, office, or conference room for any reason.

 

Any DMI staff found breaking our mask mandate will be subjected to disciplinary action.

DMI recommends that ALL staff wear masks at all times to help reduce the chances of severe infections due to the Covid virus.

  • DMI Staff must have a mask on properly (covering mouth and nose) whenever they are within 6 feet of another individual in ANY part of the building (office & warehouse).

 

  • DMI Staff must have a mask on properly when walking around the building.

 

  • DMI Staff must have a mask on properly when meeting with another staff member(s); in hallways, at someone’s desk or office, and in any rooms or meeting rooms.

 

  • DMI Staff are required to have a mask on properly when entering the facilities (if you forgot your mask one will be provided to you), punching in and out, and going to and from the bathroom and breakrooms.

 

  • DMI Staff are required to have a mask on properly when a supervisor/manager is coming to check work.

 

  • DMI Staff are required to have a mask on properly when speaking to any non-staff member (including service techs, truckers, and other warehouse staff).

 

 

The only exceptions to wearing a mask properly are:

  • While actively eating in the breakroom while maintaining social distancing.

  • While sitting at your desk or in your office alone

  • While sitting in a conference room alone

  • While sitting/working on your machine in the warehouse, the machine creates its own social distance from others (however, when riding up to the warehouse window, a mask MUST be on properly, and when approaching someone to stop and talk – Masks MUST be on).

  • While working in the warehouse isolated from anyone else… if you can turn in a circle and no one else is within 6 feet of you in any direction, you may pull your mask down. However, you must have it on your neck or chin to allow you to apply it correctly quickly if someone begins approaching you.

 

 

Again, our mask policy applies to ALL DMI Staff regardless of vaccination status.

Thanks,

DMI Mgmt.