Maruti Suzuki chalks out a post-COVID-19 action plan

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Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has worked out an action plan with the detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) on maintaining social distancing, hygiene and employee safety for resuming operations post-COVID-19.

For containment and awareness of the outbreak, Maruti Suzuki plans to provide OHC doctors, hazmat suits & PPE for the staff dealing with multiple people and quarantine rooms for suspected cases.

Kenichi Ayuzawa, MD, Maruti Suzuki said: “Under such a situation, aligning with the national policy and government guidelines we will progressively resume operations in a graded manner. However, post lockdown we must continue to take all necessary precautions for a much longer duration. Aspects like ‘Social distancing’ will have to be integrated into our lifestyle.”

The new strategy revolves around safety, for self, Safe at Home, Safe for family, Safe in Transit, Safe of Colleagues, Safe at Workplace and Safe for Community.

All Office employees will be divided into shifts and alternate day rosters, while production employees will be called on duty as per the government guidelines. Every entrant will be required to pass through tunnels spraying a disinfectant mist of Sodium Hypochlorite.

The company has mandated for thermal screening pan India including plants, head office, zonal offices, R&D and company transport users to be screened before boarding the bus.

There will be regular sanitization of all common/large areas and touch prone areas along with disinfection tunnels at entry and use of automated sanitizer dispensers.

Isolation areas near entry gates will be earmarked and quarantine rooms for suspected cases. Masks will be provided for all employees, Hazmat suits & PPE for all staff dealing with multiple people and awareness through Training, OHC Doctors.

To maintain social distancing, the company will work with 50% of the manpower. The social distancing markings are being laid out to ensure a distance of 2 meters at all crowded areas like entry gate, bus stops, water coolers, canteens.

The company has given separate guidelines for employees to follow before leaving office and after reaching back home.

The company has also advised its employees to keep a close watch on ‘Wellness Mitra‘ mobile app specifically meant for its employees and family, which will help them to stay connected and updated about developments related to COVID-19.

The company said, the use of self-transport is highly recommended, Preferably to avoid public transport. The detailed SOP prescribes no handshakes, greet your hands in Namaste. Define your chair, don’t use anyone else’s chair, don’t share food or snacks on the desks, keep sanitizing/washing your hands every few hours and sanitize your laptops, mobiles, and desks twice daily is part of the advisory.

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