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Things Manufacturing Plants Should Do to Stay Open During a Pandemic

Posted by Kevin Shoemaker on Jul 17, 2020 12:55:22 PM

Things Manufacturing Plants Should Do to Stay Open During a PandemicBusinesses have been greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and the manufacturing industry is no exception. It can be difficult to manage a manufacturing plant during a national and global pandemic, especially if your employees are scared with the current state of the world. What can your plant do to stay open during the pandemic?

Using Sick Leave

One thing your plant can do is to encourage the use of sick leave. If employees feel sick at all, then they should stay home and not come in to work. Many people, even if they are sick, will continue to work anyways, which during this time of pandemic can be extremely dangerous. Your plant would not be operational without your employees, which is why it’s important that you take care of them the best that you can. Sick leave is essential to maintaining the health of any business, especially during a crisis like the current pandemic.

Sanitize Regularly

Another thing your plant can do is sanitize surfaces regularly. Even if you don't have time to sanitize the whole plant often, you need to make time to sanitize frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis. This could be as simple as wiping down metal surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner before and after every shift. This could mean that every worker has an individualized station that does not get shared, to prevent the spreading of germs. Because the virus can live on surfaces for many days at a time, it is important to sanitize surfaces regularly.

Provide Protective Equipment

Another thing you can do for your plant is to provide protective equipment. Provide masks for your employees and encourage them to practice social distancing in the lunchroom. Provide hand sanitizer in addition to hand soap to prevent the spread of the virus. Provide gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect your employees. Masks lose their effectiveness if they are not frequently changed, so be sure to have a surplus of masks on hand. Providing protective equipment should be essential as taking care of your employees should be your priority.

Many businesses have been impacted during this pandemic, some even closing for the foreseeable future. You may wonder if it will even be possible for your manufacturing plant to stay open. It can, but you will have to take certain precautions to keep everyone safe.

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