COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

Barry-Wehmiller Team Member Guidelines & Travel Restrictions for Design Group

A new coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness, similar symptoms to pneumonia or the flu.

Barry-Wehmiller is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates to our guidelines and travel restrictions based on the latest information from the U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), as well as government-released guidelines and statistics from countries where the outbreak has occurred.

Your health is our priority. Our objective is to have a measured response with the right level of caution and take steps in order to protect everyone within our span of care.

Design Group is enacting these social distancing measures:

Working at Client Sites:

  • For those working at client locations or on project sites, we deeply appreciate the role you play in supporting our clients and our company.
  • Helping our clients meet the needs of our nation through project execution, innovation, supporting production, and capacity expansion efforts is key to combating the current global health situation. The dedication we show to our clients during this time of need helps to ensure they are able to produce essential food, drugs, products, and services within our communities.
  • Most of our clients have site-specific protocols which are aligned with Barry-Wehmiller and CDC guidelines.  
  • Please follow all clients’ site-specific protocols. If you are unsure about or concerned with client guidelines, follow BW guidelines first and contact your leader or local CPD.  
  • If you continue to work onsite, please do not come to work and contact your local CPD if you are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, including but not limited to:
    • Temperature of 100.4⁰ F (38⁰ C) or above
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • If you travel regularly to client sites, please work with your local CPD and leader on when it is appropriate for you to return to a DG location, to safeguard our teams and sites as much as possible. 

Design Group Office Openings/Working From Home (WFH): 

  • US-based professionals who are comfortable returning to work in their local office may proceed to do so, while following COVID-19 safe workplace guidelines and also adhering to local office plans. Please inform your local leader and/or Office Administrator if you plan to return to work in the office, so that we may ensure your work station is ready. You may reach out to your local office or CPD leader if you have any questions.
  • Professionals are encouraged to Self Evaluate their health daily before leaving for the office. CDC Symptoms Link
  • For those of you who have essential requirements to work in the office or at ControlTech Automation, please continue to do so while practicing social distancing and following BW and CDC guidelines.
  • While you WFH, please make every effort to remain connected to your leader and your team (regular calls, Microsoft Teams, video conferencing technology, forward desk phone calls, etc.).  
  •  Please ensure you and your leader are aligned on your WFH schedule.
  • For those who need to bring monitors and docking stations home, you are allowed to do so, while following COVID-19 safe workplace guidelines and also adhering to local office plans.

  1. BW Travel Restrictions
  2. Guidelines for Travelers
  3. Known or Suspected Exposure to Positive Case of COVID-19 or Person Currently Being Evaluated, Observed or Tested for COVID-19
  4. Self-Quarantine Instructions
  5. Visitor Guidelines
  6. COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines
  7. Current Statistics
  8. More Information/Forms

1. BW Travel Restrictions

To protect our team members (and their families), and avoid the risk of team members being in areas that become quarantined and unable to return home, Barry-Wehmiller is restricting travel as follows (Note: The below are Barry-Wehmiller’s travel restrictions. Please refer to the appropriate government resources for country-specific travel restrictions):

Essential / Non-Essential Travel:

  • On-site project execution, staff augmentation assignments at client facilities, and client development activities where travel is necessary are all considered “essential travel”.
  • Internal Design Group meetings and client interactions that can be done effectively by leveraging technology are considered “non-essential travel”.
  • If you travel regularly to client sites, please be vigilant with twice-daily health checks before visiting Design Group offices.  Regular travellers who return home for short intervals should strive to work from home when not traveling.
  • If you have questions or concerns around travel, please contact your local Partner or CPD representative.

If you have a question about potential risk with traveling to a certain area, please contact one of the travel leaders listed below who can provide a detailed report of assessed risk in the location you are looking to make travel arrangements.

Please contact one of the travel leaders listed below for detailed reports of assessed risk in the area you are looking to make travel arrangements. This will ensure you have the most up-to-date information on:

  • Current COVID-19 status for the area
  • Country/state requirements on test results prior to entering region
  • Country/state requirements on quarantine upon entry
  • Other local requirements or guidance regarding COVID-19
Travel Leader Email Phone
Patti Wrightpatricia.wright@bwdesigngroup.com +1 (314) 778-4300 x 80074311

2. Guidelines for Travelers

Before travelling, please take the following steps to help reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 and ensure you are following all local restrictions:

  1. Review the CDC’s site on travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic
    1. Contact your Travel Leader listed above in section 1 for a report on any requirements for travel to your destination and upon arrival home.
    1. Contact your local CPD upon arrival home to follow any local protocols for self-quarantine before arriving back onsite at a BW facility.

If at any point you become symptomatic or are exposed to someone who has tested positive or suspects they are positive, self-quarantine immediately and contact your healthcare provider and local CPD before returning to a BW facility.

If you have traveled outside your home country for business or personal reasons in the last 14 days, you must:

  • Contact your local DG Partner or CPD representative to alert them to your travel plans/dates.
  • Contact the local Partner of the office you plan to visit PRIOR to your arrival to that office and advise them of your intended trip.
  • Monitor your symptoms and temperature before you arrive at the office or to a client site, and do not go to work if you are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms (temperature of 100.4⁰ F (38⁰ C) or above, cough, and/or shortness of breath).

Protect yourself and others during your trip:

  • Drive separately whenever possible.  If you must share a vehicle, wear face coverings.
  • If having a meal with fellow Design Group professionals, practice social distancing and wear face coverings.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others, keeping 6 feet of physical distance.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Pick up food at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service, or stores.

3. Known or Suspected Exposure to Positive Case of COVID-19 or Person Currently Being Evaluated, Observed or Tested for COVID-19

If anyone in your organization has a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19 or is currently experiencing symptoms in line with COVID-19, the individual should begin self-quarantine immediately and take the following precautions:Contact their healthcare provider to seek testing for the virus and alert their leader/CPD.

  • CPD to complete contact tracing and begin the process of identifying and notifying team members and visitors who have been in close, prolonged contact (defined as within 6ft for longer than 3-5 minutes) with the individual who has potentially been exposed or is symptomatic.
    • All team members who have been in close, prolonged contact with the individual currently being evaluated will be sent home immediately and asked to self-quarantine until further details are provided.
  • CPD to complete the COVID-19 Exposure/Symptomatic Team Member Questionnaire Intake Form, as soon as possible.
  • Team members with risk of exposure begin 7-10 days of self-quarantine (based on the following criteria):
    • 7 days if the team member asked to self-quarantine receives a negative test within 48 hours of the final day of quarantine (tests administered on days 5 or 6 of quarantine are accepted)
  • OR
    • 10 days if they choose not to be tested
    • Local regulations, such as in California, will apply.
  • If an individual tests positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19:
    • If the individual tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 and had symptoms
      • They should remain self-quarantined until:
        • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
        • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
        • Symptoms have improved
  • If the individual tested positive for COVID-19 but never showed symptoms:
    • They will remain in self-quarantine until 10 days have passed since their positive test was administered.
  • If an individual does not have access to testing but is presumed positive by their doctors, the CDC recommends they self-quarantine until it’s been 10 days since their symptoms first appeared and 72 hours since their symptoms resolved.

4. Self-Quarantine Instructions

For those asked to self-quarantine at home because of possible exposure to COVID-19, please take the following precaution measures (following the WHO/CDC’s guidelines):

  • Measure your temperature twice a day to check for fever (temperature of 100.4⁰ F (38⁰ C) or above).
  • Avoid contact with others, especially older adults or anyone with underlying health issues.
  • Household members should stay in another room or be separated as much as possible – use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.
  • You and any family members living in your home should frequently wash your hands throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin and Aleve-like products, as they can mask symptoms we want you to be tracking, unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor. 
  • If you start to experience any cold or flu-like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. Prior to visiting your doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital, please call ahead to alert them to your potential exposure.
  • Contact your local CPD to alert them to a change in your status so they can best support you during this time.

5. Visitor Guidelines

  • Re-schedule any non-essential in-person meetings with visitors to our offices and plants.
  • Leverage technology via virtual meetings, rather than hosting in-person meetings.
  • All visitors will be required to fill out a health screening form before arrival.
    • We will not allow visitors with cold or flu-like symptoms (temperature of 100.4⁰ F (38⁰ C) or above, cough, and/or shortness of breath), arriving from or who have traveled to a highly concentrated area of COVID-19 (currently China, Italy, South Korea), and/or who have potentially come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Visitors are defined as:
      • Any third-party who is not a Barry-Wehmiller company team member
      • Individuals who are scheduled to make daily/weekly/periodic deliveries inside the building and beyond the reception area (i.e. cleaning staff, individuals making deliveries to the interior of the building, etc.)
      • A Barry-Wehmiller team member who is visiting from a site in a different city (i.e. DG Commerce team members do not have to complete this process when visiting the DG Irvine office.)
      • A Barry-Wehmiller team member who is returning to work following travel to a high-risk area.
    • The health screening form and visitor process are linked below at the bottom of the site under “Resources”.

6. COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines

The health and safety of our team members is our priority. During this time, we must take additional safety measures to reduce the risk of community spread if onsite.

Personal Safety Precautions

  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6ft/2m from others and limit opportunities for close contact.
  • Wear a face covering whenever you leave your work area or have the opportunity to come within close proximity of someone.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Monitor your symptoms and temperature before you arrive to the office and do not go to work if you are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, including but not limited to:
    • Temperature of 100.4⁰ F (38⁰ C) or above
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Sneeze and cough inside the elbow instead of hands.
  • Re-schedule any non-essential in-person meetings with visitors to our offices and plants. Prior to an essential visitor coming onsite, provide health screening form and follow onsite visitor guidelines instructions.
  • Disinfect shared areas/equipment after each use.
  • As appropriate, wear personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves for cleaning purposes).
  • Sanitize or wash your hands after touching shared surfaces.
  • When possible, don’t use other team member’s phones, keyboards, desks, pens, workstations, tools, equipment, etc.

Food/Beverage Precautions

  • Bring your own food and beverages from home.
  • Use disposable coffee cups.
  • Do not bring in food to share with others.
  • Avoid using water fountains.

7. Current Statistics

For live, up-to-date statistics on the Coronavirus Outbreak, see the Worldometer Coronavirus Outbreak site.