A new report outlines measures that General Motors is taking to protect employees returning to work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to local NBC news affiliate WILX 10, General Motors is working with the United Auto Workers union (UAW) to implement new safety measures, which include the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing practices.
According to the report, General Motors recently sent out a flyer that stipulates all employees must wear a face mask. However, GM also notes that social distancing is impossible for those on the assembly line. What’s more, some workers may have a medical condition which would make it difficult to wear PPE.
“Some of the jobs working shoulder to shoulder touching the same part, the same time,” said UAW Local 602 Vice President Steve Delaney.
“If they have a true medical condition and have a note from a doctor they will get regular paid sick leave. If they say ‘I just don’t feel safe going back to work’ they can go on unpaid leave,” Delaney added.
In addition to PPE and social distancing practices, General Motors will conduct thermal imaging scans for those employees entering the workplace. Once it is determined that they don’t have a fever, they will receive a face mask to begin work.
It is expected that Michigan’s stay-at-home orders will lift on Friday, May 15th, with General Motors employees returning to work that following Monday. Getting employees back to work is seen as critical to helping small local businesses and the local economy as well.
As we covered last month, General Motors recently issued an internal alert notifying employees that it was recalling workers to idled production facilities to prep them for operation. Back in March, General Motors announced that it would suspended North American production operations to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.