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The Outlook from NEII's Executive Director

Industry Response to COVID-19 Challenges
COVID-19 required the entire world to adapt, almost overnight. Despite the wide array of challenges and disruptions that the pandemic caused (and the repercussions we’re continuing to feel), there have been some overwhelming successes. The elevator industry innovated – from portable handwashing stations and sanitizing systems to touchless technologies. Mechanics joined other frontline workers and kept essential businesses open. Building owners found solutions to ease their tenants back into buildings. AHJs adapted and found ways to safely perform inspections using virtual technologies.

In the spirit of “not letting a good crisis go to waste”, we want to know what innovations, work-arounds, policies and procedures worked – and should be a part of our “new normal” once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.

Please share your ideas by taking this brief survey to help us tell the story of how the building transportation industry responded to the pandemic and in doing so helped shaped the future of our industry.

NEII COVID-19 Updates


Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Wisconsin have extended their states of emergency. Arizona’s reopening efforts are on pause along with Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi and Rhode Island.

States or jurisdictions that are currently enforcing 14-day travel quarantines include: Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. Several other states have quarantine recommendations or requirements for travelers coming from states with specific COVID-19 rates or requirements for travelers to obtain negative COVID-19 tests prior to arrival, including Maine, Massachusetts and New Mexico.

See NEII’s most recent COVID-19 newsletter for more information on the states and jurisdictions that have paused their reopening efforts and those with travel restrictions. See also NEII’s recommended policies, safety tips for the riding public, and recommendations for facility managers.

Stand Down for Safety


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Week was held on September 14-18. NEII highlighted the week with social media posts to increase awareness and compiled resources for safety stand-downs and toolbox talks.

If you’d like to share photos or details of an event your company held to be added to our post about the industry’s commitment to worker safety, please send those to NEII Director of Communications Nicole Van Velzen.

CISA Emergency Director on Critical Microsoft Windows Server Vulnerability

Recently, the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an emergency directive relative to server vulnerability. If your company has an in-house Windows server, you may want to ensure your IT department has this information to mitigate vulnerability from a recent Microsoft software update.

Calendar of Events

  • Trust Committee teleconference - October 6
  • Performance Standards Committee teleconference - October 20
  • Architectural Standards Committee teleconference - October 21
  • November 9-11 - Central Code Committee teleconferences
  • November 13 & 18 - Government Affairs/Central Code Committees joint teleconferences
  • November 17 - Field Employee Safety Committee teleconference
  • NEII BOD teleconference - December 4

 
 

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