COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

Rockford Systems will post information about our COVID-19 response on this page. For more information, please see our resource links at the bottom.

COVID-19 UPDATE (April 9, 2020)
As America’s manufacturing companies and supply chains are stretching to produce and transport critical supplies, Rockford Systems is helping to keep workplaces safe.

Onsite Work Continues
Since the start of the pandemic, our first priority has been to help keep our employees and partners safe from the virus and supporting our customers’ production requirements. Our field personnel are working onsite to assess your critical safeguarding risks, install safeguarding products, and train operators on safe use. We are diligently following the CDC guidelines and your plant’s safety protocols.

Free Online Learning Resources
Rockford Systems offers a wealth of free online learning resources for continuous learning opportunities. Make productive use of remote work time by learning about machine safety concepts, techniques and best practices. Training videos and recorded webinars are available on the company’s YouTube page. In addition, the company offers a library of webinars, videos, blogs, and technical articles, among other resources.

The COVID-19 crisis will have a lasting effect on the way we connect with each other and get things done going forward. So many things have changed. But the lifesaving need for machine safety will always remain the same. Rockford Systems is here to support America’s manufacturers, today and tomorrow.

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COVID-19 RESPONSE (March 18, 2020)
At Rockford Systems, there is no higher priority than the safety and well being of our customers and employees. As concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) increase, we want to share some of the additional steps we have taken both to prevent the potential spread of the virus and to ensure the ongoing provision of critical safety services for our customers.

Our Response

In addition to monitoring and following guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and regional health agencies, we implemented increased safety, sanitation and quality protocols above and beyond the already rigorous standards we maintain every day across our facilities, vehicles and associates. Workers who can work remotely are doing so and our traveling employees are driving to customer sites whenever possible. We remain committed to safely serving our customers and maintaining our levels of quality and responsiveness upon which you rely.

During this difficult time, we wanted to make you aware of support options to help keep health and safety at the forefront of your organizations.

FREE Online Learning Resources
Although we have cancelled our onsite March and April Machine Safeguarding Seminars, Rockford Systems has a wealth of free online learning resources for continuous learning opportunities. Make productive use of remote work time by learning about machine and combustion safety concepts, techniques and best practices.

NEW Training Videos
• Safeguarding Mechanical Power Presses – Part 1
• Safeguarding Mechanical Power Presses – Part 2
• Safeguarding Lathes
• Safeguarding Hydraulic Power Presses
• Safeguarding Full-Revolution Presses
• Safeguarding Drill Presses
• Safeguarding Bench Grinders

Recorded Webinars
• Machine Safety Compliance 101
• Debunking Top 4 Safeguarding Myths
• Light Curtains vs Lazersafe™ Sentinel Plus AOPD
• Safeguarding Robots and Cobots
• Safeguarding Lathes and Grinders
• Safeguarding Press Brakes and Power Presses
• Unitrol Soft Touch Pinch-Point Safety Solution for Riveters and Welders

Machine Safety Blog
Over 30 blog posts on topics ranging from calculating a machine safeguarding ROI to finding the right PPE for machine operators.

Published Articles
Various articles on risk assessments, combustion safety, machine safety, and industrial and collaborative robot safeguarding.

Quick Reference Sheets
One-page reference sheets on ranging from how to use a guard opening scale (“gotcha stick”) to safeguarding various machines.

Onsite Machine and Combustion Safety Assessments and Installations
Due to the importance of your machine safeguarding and combustion safety projects, we remain committed to working at your locations following your guidelines and specific safety protocols. In addition, we have heightened safeguards for our employees working in the field. Our field personnel follow best social distancing practices, adhere to all recommended industrial hygiene protocols, and may be required to wear additional protective equipment, such as masks, gloves or goggles, while performing work. Whenever possible, employees are driving to customers’ locations instead of using public transportation.

Remote Safeguarding Assessments
For companies with an immediate critical need due to an accident or OSHA citation or companies with less complex guarding requirements but are not allowing visitors, Rockford Systems offers Remote Safeguarding Assessments that are economical and virtual alternative to onsite assessments and offer the same comprehensive compliance reporting. This service is ideal for customers with a few basic cutting and turning machines, including drill presses, vertical mills, grinders, small lathes, saws, sanders and riveters. Although remote assessments have traditionally been limited to a few basic machines, we can support requests for a higher volume of machines to be remotely assessed to better meet your needs.

Press Safety Inspections and Stop-Time Measurements
If your organization’s production has slowed or stopped, now is the perfect time for regular maintenance and to schedule your annual safety inspection to determine if part-revolution punch presses and press brakes, and full-revolution punch presses, are in safe working order according to OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. Rockford Systems will conduct a series of onsite function tests including press stop times, safety distance measurements, and inspection of safeguards and controls. In addition, a visual mechanical inspection will assess the proper functioning of the press, condition of press lockout/tagout devices, safeguarding and controls, NFPA 79 electrical compliance, tooling or dies and their setups, and any auxiliary safeguarding.

Live Support
As always, Rockford Systems provides both Customer Service and Technical Support for customers to answer questions and troubleshoot issues. Please call 1-800-922-7533 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

As your trusted partner is safety, please do not hesitate to contact us. Together, we stand united.

ABOUT ROCKFORD SYSTEMS, LLC
Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Rockford Systems, LLC delivers trusted machine safety solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. Since 1971, Rockford Systems has specialized in the design and installation of over 25,000 safeguarding solutions for industrial fabrication equipment and manufacturing systems that exceed applicable safety regulations and standards. As a trusted adviser to industry, Rockford Systems offers turnkey machine safety solutions, including training, on-site risk assessments, customized engineered solutions, over 10,000 safeguarding products, quality installation and post-sale support. This turnkey solution allows customers the convenience of one-stop shopping for all of their machine safety needs, as well as provides peace-of-mind working with a globally trusted safety brand such as Rockford Systems. These combined risk reduction solutions enable organizations to dramatically improve OSHA/ANSI/NFPA compliance and worker safety while maintaining productivity. For more information, please email customerservice@rockfordsystems.com or call 1-800-922-7533.

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RESOURCE LINKS

The U.S. federal government, state authorities, public health officials and many safety and health organizations are providing updates and information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these sites are updated daily or more frequently in this evolving situation, so be sure to visit them regularly for the latest information.

Government Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Recordkeeping
Enforcement Guidance: Respirator Fit-Testing
Anti-Retaliation Guidance / Worker Rights
World Health Organization
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
National Institutes of Health
White House

State-Specific Information
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Governors Association

Safety and Health Organizations
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
American Industrial Hygiene Association
National Safety Council