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Sign & Graphics Companies
Designated As "Critical Infrastructure"

Since states started enacting "shutdowns" across the country, ISA has been advising sign, graphics and visual communications companies that they could stay open and operational, to an extent, as long as they have stringent safety and health procedures in the workplace and provide services to "essential business" customers.

More than 40 states that have enacted "shutdowns" are basing their “essential business” or “critical infrastructure” decisions on guidelines developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Today, the latest version of the CISA guidelines includes sign and graphics companies as "critical infrastructure."

The new language is included under Transportation and Logistics:

"Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of lighting and communication systems, specialized signage and structural systems, emergency response equipment and support materials, printers, printed materials, packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations, and other critical infrastructure needs."

For the last several weeks, ISA has been in regular contact with CISA advocating that signs and graphics help communicate vital information to the public during this pandemic. We’ve also been able to make various recommendations to the updated guidelines to include the sign, graphics and visual communications industry as "critical infrastructure" because we enable so many "essential businesses" to operate.

While the latest CISA guidelines represent a very positive development for our industry, sign and graphics companies should not rush to conduct business as usual. A sign and graphics company must first:

You can find more details on all these elements at ISA’s Business Continuity Resource Center and should watch this webinar from an industrial hygiene expert, David Krause, on workplace safety.

ISA continues to work with CISA and allied groups like the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to represent the sign, graphics and visual communications industry at the federal, state and local levels of government. For more information or any questions, please contact ISA’s David Hickey or Kenny Peskin.

Stay safe, healthy and open!

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