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FCA gearing up to restart North American production operations

Team OD  | Updated: May 12, 2020, 03:13 PM IST

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)  will be resuming manufacturing operations at North America, with its comprehensive program that adheres to the safety measures for its employees, their families and also the communities around to contain the spread of the dreadful COVID-19.  The company had shut its U.S., Canada and Mexico operations on March 18. After having resumed operations in China and Italy, FCA wants to use the same practices at its other plants as well, that have been vetted by World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

FCA will be sending a Return to Work package to its 47,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, that also mentions of all the measures to safeguard themselves. At all its production facilities, FCA is making sure that regular disinfecting and social distancing is practiced along with the cleaning of the premises. Further, the employees and the visitors will have to go through a Daily Health Risk Assessment that includes, taking their temperature less than two hours before reporting to work or visiting the site with either a company-provided temperature strip or personal thermometer and completing a self-screening questionnaire and turning it in upon entry. FCA has also installed thermal imaging cameras to verify what employees and visitors have self-reported.

The employees are required to wear company-provided masks and safety glasses at all times when in the facility. Employees will also be asked to wear gloves and safety glasses when applying or cleaning with disinfectant spray. Visitors and contractors to any FCA facility will be required to provide their own personal protection equipment for entry. In terms of cleaning and disinfecting, more than 57 million square feet of manufacturing floor space cleaned and disinfected, 135 hand-held foggers distributed for more efficient cleaning of these areas, Provided cleaning supplies at all workstations so surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected, Installed more than 2,000 hand sanitizer stations across all facilities, daily audits to be conducted to ensure new standards are followed.

Further, more than 17,000 workstations analyzed and evaluated for adherence to six-foot social distancing guidelines
More than 4,700 job areas and workstations redesigned or protective barriers installed to allow for more social distancing, Installed plexiglass partitions and created visual management guides for social distancing in break areas and cafeterias, as well as throughout all buildings and staggered start times and added time to breaks and lunch to minimize large gatherings.

Tags: FCA  |  Covid-19  |  Coronavirus  |  FCA US  |  FCA Canada
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