As the Indian government embarks on a phased withdrawal of a nation-wide lockdown, it is critical for companies to prepare for restarting their operations, actively and efficiently. After all, salaries have to be paid, factories have to run and products have to reach the consumers.
While the urgency to restart operations is palpable, most manufacturers have questions about what precautions do they need to keep workers safe, how to keep the employees engaged and productive, and importantly how to keep their morale high.
A safe and effective restart of operations is crucial given the new challenges that this pandemic has highlighted. There are five key issues for Indian manufacturers to deal with, before they begin operations:
Safety: Management teams at manufacturing plants need to draw up a comprehensive plan to ensure on-site safety of the workforce. The first task will be to source ample supplies of cleaning material—disinfectants, liquid hand soaps, sanitisers, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) like masks, gloves, hair nets, etc., while undertaking ‘deep sanitisation’ of the entire plant. Additionally, a sanitising tent or tunnel can also be considered.
Screening: A screening mechanism for employees and visitors needs to be implemented—various online tools are available for this. In addition to daily screening, a database consisting medical records of employees and their families, tracking their current medical condition and any existing illnesses or diseases can also be maintained.