Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has put in place a safety program road map to protect employees and their family members as they prepare to resume its North American manufacturing operations.
“Above everything else, our top priority has always been to do what is right for our employees,” Mike Manley, FCA CEO, said. “We have worked closely with the unions to establish protocols that will ensure our employees feel safe at work and that every step possible has been taken to protect them.
“We have drawn on our collective global expertise and best practices to rethink our production processes to put in place comprehensive protocols to keep our workforce safe,” Manley said. “There is no question that coming to work will look and feel different. I have now visited several of our Detroit-area facilities, met with our teams and walked the floor. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of our colleagues who have done an incredible job putting in place safety protocols to protect our people. Thank you all.”
FCA is implementing several safety precautions to combat the spread and transmission of COVID-19. This includes cleaning, disinfecting and of course, social distancing, but most importantly, ensuring the wellness of everyone entering an FCA facility. With that in mind, the Company will require its employees, as well as all visitors, to complete a Daily Health Risk Assessment, which consists of:
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 Completing a self-screening questionnaire and turning it in upon entry. As an added measure of safety, the Company will be utilizing some high tech thermal imaging cameras to verify what employees and visitors have self-reported.
Consistent with the direction of governmental agencies, employees will be 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.
During the production pause, FCA completed a significant number of cleaning and social distancing activities to prepare its facilities for when operations resume.
Cleaning and Disinfecting:
More than 57 million square feet of manufacturing floor space cleaned and disinfected
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedules developed for common and high traffic areas, including turnstiles, restrooms, cafeterias, locker rooms and conference rooms
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
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
Staggered start times and added time to breaks and lunch to minimize large gatherings
Suspended meetings of more than eight employees at a time and transitioned to virtual meetings, wherever possible
Put new approval protocols in place for facility visitors