COVID-19: A year end update from Mark Burgess

Michelle MachenMauser News, Leadership Messages

Mauser Packaging Solutions team members,

It’s hard to believe that, with the coming of the new year, we will be entering the third year of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  New variants of the virus, like the highly-infectious Omicron variant, continue to tax our health and safety, impact our lives, and add pressure to healthcare systems.  The encouraging news is that vaccinations and new therapies appear to lessen the severity of the virus.  Once again, I am asking all employees to remain vigilant and continue best practices to protect against COVID-19, including receiving vaccinations if you have not already done so.  Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourselves, your families, and your co-workers.

Effective immediately, we are reinforcing the following safety measures in all our US facilities:

  1. All employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a facial covering or mask when working indoors.
  2. As we have been practicing, employees who receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis must immediately report their positive test result to their supervisor and will be removed from the workplace or asked to stay home and self-isolate for at least five days, consistent with recently issued CDC guidelines.
  3. To ensure we are doing our best to comply with regulations and the
    development of our COVID-19 policies going forward, all employees will be required to report their vaccination status.
  4. All other safety practices outlined in our COVID-19 Workplace Control Plan remain in effect. The Control Plan is updated as CDC guidance changes and is available on MauserNOW along with many other helpful COVID-19 resources.

In the coming days, we will be launching an electronic verification platform called Alight Verify where employees can confidentially submit proof of vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption.  More information on the process and timing for submitting this information will be provided soon.

We are monitoring the evolving Omicron situation and infection rates closely and will keep you updated. Thank you for your cooperation and for your support in helping to keep our workplaces safe.

My very best wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year.

Mark Burgess
President and CEO
Mauser Packaging Solutions