RCBI COVID-19 Response
RCBI responds to the COVID-19 Crisis:
We Are All in this Together
Everyone feels the impact of the unprecedented measures being employed to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic, and we want you to know that RCBI at Marshall University is here for you and stands ready to assist.
RCBI is open to serve our clients
Although we have modified our regular operations – with most of our staff working remotely from home – we are available on-site at RCBI to assist essential manufacturers. While we follow practices that limit personal interactions and maintain appropriate, 6-foot social distancing zones, our Technical Services group members are available at RCBI to assist you when necessary.
If you or your company is experiencing COVID-19 related illness and you have a project or work order that needs completed, please call us at 800.469.RCBI (7224) to learn how we can assist with completing your project.
Thank you so much for your continued support during what is a very difficult time for everyone and especially for small businesses. We are proud that we can continue to be a resource for manufacturers, small businesses and entrepreneurs.
OSHA recommendations designed to keep manufacturing workers safe during pandemic
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has just issued the following recommendations to keep manufacturing workers safe during the COVID-19 epidemic.
- Encourage workers to stay home if they are sick.
- Establish flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
- Practice sensible social distancing and maintain six feet between co-workers, where possible.
- For work activities where social distancing is a challenge, consider limiting the duration of these activities and/or implementing innovative approaches, such as temporarily moving or repositioning workstations to create more distance or installing barriers (e.g., plexiglass shields) between workstations.
- Monitor public health communications about COVID-19 recommendations for the workplace and ensure that workers have access to and understand that information.
- Train workers on how to properly put on, use/wear, take-off, and maintain protective clothing and equipment.
- Allow workers to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent spread of the virus.
- Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
- Discourage workers from using other workers’ tools and equipment.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals from List Nor that have label claims against the coronavirus.
- Promote personal hygiene. If workers do not have access to soap and water for handwashing, provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Provide disinfectants and disposable towels workers can use to clean work surfaces.
- Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.
For more information, visit www.osha.gov/coronavirusor call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
Paycheck Protection Program
After additional appropriations from Congress, new applications are being accepted as of Monday, April 27.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provides loans as a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.
Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any participating federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution.
Here’s a list of participating West Virginia financial institutions:
Bank of Mingo
Bank of Monroe
Bank of Romney
Capon Valley Bank
Citizens Bank of Weston
Citizens Bank of WV
City National Bank
Clear Mountain Bank
Bruceton Mills, WV
CNB Bank, Inc.
Berkeley Springs, WV
Community Bank of Parkersburg
Community Trust Bank
Davis Trust Company
Farmers Bank of West Virginia
Farmers National Bank of Emlenton
Fayette County National Bank
Fifth Third Bank
First Community Bank
First Exchange Bank
White Hall, WV
First Mutual Bank
First National Bank of Pennsylvania
First National Bank of Williamson
First Neighborhood Bank
First United Bank & Trust
Freedom Bank, Inc.
Grant County Bank
Harrison County Bank
Lost Creek, WV
Huntington National Bank
Jefferson Security Bank
Logan Bank & Trust Company
Main Street Bank
MCNB Bank and Trust
Mountain Valley Bank
Ohio Valley Bank
Pendleton Community Bank
Point Pleasant, WV
Pioneer Community Bank
Pleasants County Bank
Saint Marys, WV
Poca Valley Bank
Putnam County Bank
Summit Community Bank
Whitesville State Bank
FINANCING & LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration‘s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with advances of up to $10,000 and working capital loans of up to $2 million. Details
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) does not provide direct loans but can assist small businesses in identifying funding options and advice in structuring loans and refinancing. Details
The CARES Act provides up to $377 billion to help prevent workers from losing jobs and small businesses from closing due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Details
HEALTH & SAFETY
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers specific guidance about how to reduce the risk of virus transmission, maintain a safe work environment and keep your business operational during this crisis. Details
The CDC has issued specific steps individuals can take to avoid getting sick and spreading COVID-19. Details
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides detailed information on preparing your workplace in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Details
The West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources maintains a COVID-19 resource page, which includes the latest information about how the virus is affecting the state. Details
The World Health Organization offers guidance on how to minimize risk in the workplace. Details
The IRS has extended the deadline for individuals and businesses to pay and file taxes until July 15, 2020. Details
The West Virginia State Tax Department has implemented several changes to tax policy in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Details
The State of West Virginia has waived the waiting period and relaxed requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation. Details
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides resources for how businesses should prepare and react during the pandemic. Details
The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers information about how to develop and implement a business continuity plan to ensure operations during times of disaster. Details
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides disaster preparedness advice about how to manage your business during emergencies. Details
Call for additive manufacturers
to assist in the fight against coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak presents an opportunity for makers and manufacturers of all sizes to support healthcare workers on the frontlines of this national health crisis by supplying 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields and masks.
These links direct you to resources, expertise and access points that offer help by providing designs and connecting healthcare facilities with 3D printers:
As an early leader in the use of 3D printing and a founding member of America Makes – the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technology research and innovation – RCBI is focused on meeting the extraordinary challenges we face during this outbreak.
RCBI is using digital technology to help overcome this pandemic by taking advantage of additive manufacturing technology and 3D printing systems manufactured by Stratasys, 3D Systems, MakerBot, CubeX, Markforged, Formlabs, Dimension and Lulzbot.
We want to encourage and facilitate the mass mobilization of private industry efforts.