COVID-19 Resources for Kansas Small Businesses and Industry

Circumstances around COVID-19 in the U.S. are rapidly changing. We will be collecting information and resources, and sharing via this page to help small businesses and industry understand the relevant environmental health and compliance guidance, as well as identify resources that can help businesses navigate the resulting economic impacts.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and the Environment (KDHE) has a dedicated COVID-19 web page which includes the latest health information, guidance and updates from Secretary Lee Norman, M.D. One of the resources is a COVID-19 Tool Kit which has helpful resources for home and businesses. Industry partners can also check the Division of the Environment for bureau-specific updates.  The Kansas SBEAP will monitor these updates and post them to this page as they become available. If you have a facility compliance or permitting question or concern, contact KDHE or SBEAP at 800-578-8898.

EPA Resources on Coronavirus

This site is kept up to date with emerging technologies and guidance related to disinfectants, water quality and personal protective equipment.

EPA COVID-19 Enforcement Policy

This policy is for the EPA only, and states and local governments may have different responses.       In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPA has issued a temporary policy, retroactive to March 13, 2020, that allows it to exercise enforcement discretion. The EPA will post a notification at least seven days prior to terminating this temporary policy. If facilities are not able to meet certain compliance requirements in a timely manner or at all, the EPA may choose to forego normal penalties. Note that leniency is dependent on good-faith efforts by each facility to comply with requirements to the best of its ability. Different situations will be handled differently, so if you think this may be relevant to your business, read the full memo to see how you should proceed. Criminal violations are not covered under this policy and will not be treated differently. 

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

The economic toll of this pandemic has been particularly difficult for small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster relief loans to help them recover. Small business owners in all states and territories are eligible to apply.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

CO- is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's resource on responding to coronavirus for small business. It offers information on loans available to small businesses, and advice for operating safely and minimizing the risk of infection for employees and customers.

Masks

If you use masks as PPE in your workplace, please save them for work-related use. Masks are in limited supply right now, and a pandemic respiratory disease is all the more reason to protect yourself from respiratory hazards. However, the CDC is now recommending the use of cloth face coverings in public spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is still best to maintain social distance as much as possible, but masks can help prevent transmission in situations where keeping a full six feet away may not be possible. Also see the World Health Organization's guidance on using masks properly.

For those using N95 respirators in the workplace, OSHA has released new guidance on reducing the need for N95s and finding alternatives for some situations.

Other Resources

 

 

K-State Pollution Prevention Institute
(800) 578-8898 | sbeap@ksu.edu
2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 300, Manhattan, KS 66506