DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) – Ford Motor Company announced a safety plan Thursday when the automaker will restart production amid a coronavirus pandemic.
According to Ford, standards and precautions extend to the standards currently used at Ford facilities in China where work has continued.
Workers who build medical supplies have been wearing face masks, face shields, and other personal protective equipment while maintaining at least six feet among the workers.
“We have worked earnestly on how to restart our operations and safely bring back our employees and we are ready,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer. “We have gone through and tested this process. We adhere to our first principles, and we work with our union and government partners to start over. Getting back to work isn’t just good news for Ford employees. This is also good news for our suppliers, car dealers, and ecosystems that provide services around them, such as restaurants, shops and shops. This economic multiplier effect will help to reboot the community around the world. “
The automaker announced plans to restart production in Europe on May 4, and a small number of employees were paid by the hour and returned to work this week in North America to begin installing equipment. The exact date of return to work has not been announced.
“The health and safety of our employees has been – and remains – our top priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kiersten Robinson, Ford’s head of human resources. “We are taking extensive steps to implement best practices from around the world to ensure all our facilities and workplaces will be safe, clean and safe when we return to work on site. Each team member will play a role in protecting themselves and their colleagues when Ford reopens facilities around the world. “
Safety measures that Ford will take include:
– Daily independent online health certification completed before work every day. Employees who have symptoms will be told not to come to work.
– Temperature scanning without touch upon arrival
– Face masks needed for everyone
– Safety glasses with side protectors
– Hand sanitation station
– The act of social distance between employees
“Science and data encourage Ford to return to work, including close collaboration with experts in infectious diseases and epidemiology, to set safety standards that we believe will protect employees when they return to work,” said Dr. Walter Talamonti, company medical director at Ford. “Our protocol will require employees to take several steps every day to ensure that they are safe, healthy and able to work.”
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