Plant restart with lean workforce; FIAPL is committed to ensuring safety and health of its employees, as well as their families
Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd (FIAPL), the manufacturing joint venture of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India and Tata Motors Ltd (TML), today announced resuming operations at its plant in Ranjangaon, Pune. FIAPL’s management has developed and implemented a comprehensive programme of enhanced safety measures to protect over 3,000 direct and indirect employees, their families and surrounding communities from the spread and transmission of COVID-19.
FIAPL, which manufactures passenger vehicles and powertrains, has implemented layers of protection including cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing, but most importantly, ensuring the wellness of everyone entering the Ranjangaon facility. This mandates FIAPL employees, as well as all visitors, to complete a Daily Health Declaration, which consists of two main exercises. The first is to have their temperature taken when entering and exiting the facility, as well as before boarding and disembarking transport, and the second being the completion of a digital self-assessment questionnaire.
The company has said that a critical component to the restart of operations has been the education of the workforce on COVID-19 and its effects. Emphasis has been laid on the importance of maintaining physical distance as well as regularly disinfecting and sanitising the entire facility. FIAPL is further ensuring employee protection by providing medical support both in and outside of the facility, ensuring mandatory usage of PPE inside the facility and observing a proactive behavioural culture. Comprehensive signage, information boards and a dedicated ambulance equipped with a ventilator and trained driver have also been appointed, FIAPL added.
FIAPL has set up a dedicated 50-member task force of employee volunteers or ‘process owners.’ This task force will supervise the following of strict precautionary processes set by the plant’s management to safeguard its workforce inside the facility and also after working hours.
Ravi Gogia, President, FIAPL, said the company has restarted operations with a lean workforce. FIAPL’s absolute priority is the protection of employees, ensuring they are provided with a work environment that maintains the highest standards of safety, health and hygiene, he added. Gogia noted that the company’s responsibility is to also educate employees on a regimen they should follow after work hours so that their families are also protected. “We have also activated our supply chain which is vital to ensuring smooth and efficient operations. Our aim is to gradually step-up with assured supplies and a careful increase in the density of our working population,” said Gogia.