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SEL response to COVID-19

Updated October 2021

*Note: On September 9, 2021, the President of the United States issued an executive order requiring federal contractors and employers with more than 100 employees to comply with certain vaccine requirements, which apply to the SEL. The order requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19, or obtain a religious or medical exemption by December 8, 2021. We are working with our employees to ensure that we comply with this executive order.

Joining governments, businesses, and people around the world who are taking action to slow the spread of COVID-19, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is working to ensure the well-being of our employees, families, and communities while continuing to serve the critical needs of our customers.

Hundreds of millions of people rely on our technology every day. SEL solutions manage the power systems of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pullman Regional Hospital, and many other medical facilities around the world that are ground zero in the fight to control COVID-19. SEL products provide fundamental protection for virtually all electric utilities in North America and, increasingly, the world. SEL products also protect a vast array of pharmaceutical manufacturers, chemical producers, water treatment facilities, and data centers—all facilities and services that are often taken for granted until a crisis brings them into clearer focus. 

As a manufacturer of devices that protect critical infrastructure, SEL has the responsibility to meet the needs of our customers. For more than three decades, we’ve helped our utility and industrial customers keep the lights on and the power flowing—sometimes through hurricanes, fires, and floods. Not only do we work around the clock to serve our customers during these times, we discount our products. These experiences have made us acutely aware of how critical our work is to society, particularly in times of crisis. Without a stable energy supply, cities, towns and communities can’t function.

We continue to manufacture our solutions as we closely monitor the global impacts of COVID-19. We will continue to comply with federal, state, and local government mandates, adjusting in real time as necessary, to keep our employees and others safe. 

In late February, when news of the COVID-19 crisis broke, we began to implement key elements of our emergency response plan in anticipation of a crisis. These are included in the information below.

Keeping Employees and Our Communities Safe
We are closely following the up-to-the-minute recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Occupational Health & Safety and local, county, and state health agencies to ensure the safety of our employees and the communities where we live and work. We are:

  • communicating daily with our employees about the importance of staying home when ill, social distancing, and hygiene precautions
  • providing cloth face coverings and mandating their use whenever appropriate
  • ensuring employees assert they have no symptoms of COVID-19 prior to beginning each workday
  • enabling employees to work from home when possible 
  • ensuring all visitors to an SEL facility are safe and healthy 
  • decentralizing our weekly Friday Lunch so employees can stream the program from their home, desk, or in conference rooms where
    social distancing rules can be followed 
  • limiting in-person meetings that require groups of employees to gather
  • staggering lunches and break times to limit the number of people in shared spaces 
  • increasing the frequency and focus of our already best-in-class cleaning processes to ensure our facilities are disinfected on a continuous
    basis to limit opportunities for pathogens to spread  
  • leaving all interior doors open and taking other measures to decrease touch points
  • supporting our onsite medical teams which are available to answer questions, conduct COVID-19 testing, and conduct appointments in
    person and via telemedicine
  • staff a 24/7 security operations center to assist employees and customers around the clock

Serving Customers
We continue to offer 24/7 customer service and technical support by phone. We are limiting in-person customer visits where possible. Thanks to technology, we can provide excellent technical support and offer many of our trainings remotely, thereby limiting person-to-person interaction.

Ensuring Business Continuity
Our ability to deliver products and services has not been materially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. We do not foresee significant impairment to SEL’s ability to deliver essential products and services to our customers. We continue to take the steps necessary to ensure the security and continuity of our supply chain. Months ago, as the COVID-19 situation emerged, we began to responsibly increase our reserve inventory of the critical components used in our products to reduce the risk of depletion as orders from critical industry continue to come in. We remain in constant communication with all our suppliers regarding production and lead time impact, down to the individual component level.

Supporting Communities
We recognize the economic and societal impact this crisis is having on institutions, organizations, schools, and businesses within our communities. We are committed to providing support for essential services and filling in gaps where we can. Our team is actively identifying opportunities where SEL can offer assistance to the communities where we live and work through social service agencies.

Living Our Values 
Since our founding in Pullman, Washington, in 1982, SEL values have been deeply engrained within each employee. These values call upon us to be assets to our communities, to act with integrity and discipline, and to bring our technology to help others when it is needed most. This is our commitment to you as we focus on doing what we can to ensure the wellness of our employees, customers, and communities.

And, thank you to our employees, who have shown tremendous dedication and resolve!