COVID-19 Situation Update for Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Additional Safe Practices amid COVID-19

BIW is committed to continuing its support for the U.S. Navy and contributing to the nation’s defense while maintaining the health and safety of dedicated workers in the shipyard.

Since the IAM Local S6 led production and maintenance employees off the job on June 22, the company has taken necessary steps to continue critical production tasks. We have redeployed hundreds of salaried employees into the shipyard and existing contractors have continued their work. The company also has begun the process of engaging with contractors to provide additional workers to supplement those already working here who will further support shipyard production during the strike.

To ensure the safety of everyone entering BIW’s facility, we are taking specific actions with all contractors regarding COVID-19. Working closely with the Maine CDC, the following measures are being implemented immediately:

  • All contracted temporary employees must test negative for COVID-19 before being allowed to enter BIW facilities. Companies providing contracted temporary employees to BIW will certify that each of their employees tested negative within the last 72 hours.
  • Further, BIW will perform random audits to select and verify that provided test results are accurate.
  • Contracted temporary employees will also be required to answer screening questions and be temperature-tested each day for the first 14 days after they arrive. BIW is working directly with the Maine CDC to arrange testing for any employee who becomes symptomatic.
  • Like all BIW employees, contracted temporary employees will be required to follow CDC-recommended practices of social distancing, face coverings/PPE, personal hygiene and symptom awareness at all times.

By continuing to care for others and adhere to work requirements already adopted during our response to COVID-19, BIW will be able to move forward in our essential work and be safe while we do it.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or BIW’s response, click here or call the Coronavirus Hotline at 207-442-5999.