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    Graybar is taking steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, while maintaining consistent service levels throughout our network of locations. As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, we are open for business and continue to serve customers.?


    Graybar is taking steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, while maintaining consistent service levels throughout our network of locations. As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, we are open for business and continue to serve customers.?

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    Graybar Teams Up With Customers and Suppliers to Provide PPE to Local Hospitals

    Graybar, along with some key customers and suppliers were quick to respond to the White House’s request to take an active role in helping our country through this crisis – specifically with the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) at local hospitals.

    “Working with industry and healthcare leaders, we developed a list of products?from our industry that could help alleviate this critical PPE shortage,” said Graybar Chairman, President and CEO Kathy Mazzarella. “Graybar is donating many of these products to local hospitals, and we are also leading an effort to coordinate similar donations of PPE items with our customers and suppliers.”

    The initial response has been very positive. Customers are already making donations and suppliers are actively evaluating PPE at their plants to determine what they can donate.

    To donate, please contact the Graybar location near you.

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    Graybar Supports Local Hospital During COVID-19 Crisis

    Every day, Graybar employees continue to make a positive difference in their communities.

    As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, Graybar is doing everything we can to maintain our normal work schedule in accordance with?CDC?guidelines around workplace health, safety and social distancing.

    So when a local hospital reached its capacity, our team in Richmond was there to help. The hospital was running out of space and needed a place to test individuals without contaminating the rest of the hospital. Tents were set up outside the hospital and Graybar delivered pallets of materials directly to the site for contractors to begin running temporary power.

    “I’m so proud of our employees for providing around-the-clock service to our customers nationwide,” said Graybar Chairman, President and CEO Kathy Mazzarella. “These customers are supporting hospitals and some of the critical infrastructure that will keep America running during this crisis and during the recovery.”

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    Three Ways to Improve Electrical Safety During a COVID-19 Related Shutdown

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    In a recent Plant Engineering?poll, half of the respondents said their businesses have been negatively affected by COVID-19.?

    If your plant is unexpectedly shut down due to the current crisis, you can use this pause in production as an opportunity to review and improve safety procedures.?

    Why should you make maintaining your electrical infrastructure a priority??

    • Improperly maintained equipment increases safety risks
    • Maintaining equipment properly helps to prevent unplanned shutdowns and decrease property risks
    • Even if your equipment is new, it needs a proactive maintenance and service program?

    Panduit recently shared tips to help you use downtime as an opportunity to improve communication and engagement around company safety protocols.

    Consider these steps to improve electrical safety:

    ? ? ? ?1.?Revisit electrical specifications to see where you can introduce new technology

    • New advances in electrical safety technology can not only promote a safer work environment, but also lower costs and help your team become more productive.
    • According to the National Safety Council’s Safety+ Health magazine, the most common cause of arc flash accidents is human error . How can you integrate technology to reduce the chance of mistakes? New permanently installed test equipment is one way to promote a safer environment in your plant.

    ? ? ? ?2.?Standardize electrical safety procedures to help establish a company-wide culture of safety?

    • Think about how safety processes are currently implemented throughout your facility. Are there opportunities to make compliance with standards easier, and reduce the chance for human error?
    • Can you improve training for qualified electrical workers? What tools and equipment do they need to become more efficient and do their jobs more safely?
    • Is your messaging consistent with your safety processes? Clarity can increase employee and upper management buy-in.
    • While the plant is shut down, invite floor employees to walk through operations and safety procedures with you, looking for gaps in safety or maintenance. Performing the walk-through together will help employees feel ownership over the process.?
    • Safety procedures can vary by department, shift and/or location. Ask all plant or safety managers and floor employees to take an internal survey or join you on a process walk-through to encourage electrical best practices throughout the facility.

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    ? ? ? ?3.?Reduce risk and improve efficiencies with Engineering Controls

    • Engineering controls rely on physical changes to the workplace, instead of workers’ behavior, to reduce hazards and human error. A good example is an Absence of Voltage Tester (AVT).?
    • While examining your safety and maintenance processes for opportunities to improve, consult the Hierarchy of Controls . Seek out opportunities for new technologies to introduce an engineering control into a particular process, and make sure to ask for input from your team.
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    In this time of uncertainty, show your commitment to employee safety by using the downtime to review electrical safety on the plant floor. A shutdown provides a unique opportunity to walk through processes as a company, empowering employees to participate in the process and encouraging adoption of proper procedure when business as usual resumes.

    [1] “Human Error Often Causes Arc Flash Accidents.” National Safety Council Safety + Health Magazine. Retrieved 3-31-2020
    [2] “Hierarchy of Controls.” The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Retrieved 03-31-2020.

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    #WORKINGTOGETHER In The Fight Against COVID-19

    The coronavirus is impacting many people in our communities – from first responders to customers and retirees. Across the country, Graybar employees have been working together to help aid those in need during this time.

    Take a look at some of the ways we are #WorkingTogether:

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    Louisville
    Employees in Louisville recently provided groceries to a local retiree and his wife, since the local grocery store was running four days behind. The branch is checking in weekly on the couple to make sure they are doing well during this time.

    Denver
    Denver employees recently pulled together to source and deliver materials to help a customer set up a temporary hospital during the holiday weekend.?

    Tampa
    Employees in Tampa worked through the holiday weekend to help take care of a large customer with a field hospital at the Miami Convention Center.?

    Chicago and Atlanta
    Employees in Chicago and Atlanta worked around the clock to help convert McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center, into a temporary hospital.

    Youngstown
    Youngstown employees recently donated wire to GLI Pool Products, to make cloth masks to help protect first responders from the virus.?

    St. Louis
    St. Louis employees recently donated protective eyeglasses to the City of Brentwood Fire Department.

    Des Moines
    Employees sourced an emergency shipment of Cat 6 cable to help set up an emergency shelter at a hospital to pre-qualify patients before entry.

    Norcross
    Employees worked closely with customers Cleveland Electric, Allison-Smith Company and?Inglett & Stubbs, LLC?to collect masks and boot covers to donate to?Northside Hospital Healthcare System?and?Wellstar Health System?in Georgia.

    Philadelphia
    Employees teamed up with?Huen Electric?to donate Tyvek suits, protective eyewear and gloves to?Lankenau Medical Center.?

    Panduit
    Panduit recently teamed up with Graybar to donate 500 safety glasses for distribution to?hospitals and first responders.

    Want to get involved? Graybar is collecting essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders. Click here to learn more.

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    COVID-19 Update

    To Graybar Customers and Suppliers,

    As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, Graybar is taking steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers, while maintaining consistent service levels throughout our network of locations.

    We are open for business and continue to serve customers. We also have a contingency plan to support customers in case any of our individual locations become impacted.

    As a leading distributor that works in a critical infrastructure industry as defined by the?Federal Government, we are doing everything we can to maintain our normal work schedule in accordance with?CDC?guidelines around workplace health, safety and social distancing.

    Graybar has been asked to help in a number of ways, one of which involves donating essential supplies to hospitals. We encourage you to join us in donating items needed to keep America’s infrastructure running.

    Graybar has the logistics, experience and inventory to help our customers and suppliers navigate these difficult times. We are here to help, and we will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the situation and providing updates as needed.

    If you need assistance, please contact your local branch or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

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