We at PackIOT have recently heard comments from customers, partners and industry professionals who are having a hard time setting up their facilities to become safer for workers. Therefore, we have decided to publish this free guide, written in collaboration with several packing plant managers in Europe.
As you may imagine (or be experiencing), some industries do not stop at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of them work with vital areas for the fight against and prevention of the virus, such as the production of packaging for sanitisers, medical equipment and personal protection items.
Our goal with this guide is to help you keep your operation running safely by taking care of the health and well-being of employees, their families, suppliers and partners.
We really hope that the suggestions can be useful in your company’s daily routine. The material will be divided into two parts. The first one brings the actual account of an industrial manager in a packaging company in Europe. He wrote down the actions taken to keep the company operating safely. And we share it with you here. By his choice, the entire article will be anonymous.
The second part is a FAQ based on conversations with other industrial directors as well as materials referenced by the World Health Organization, the Government of California (USA) and the European Carton Makers Association (EMCA).
Feel free to share with your partners, customers, employees and friends.The content is really to be sent to those who need it most.
The task force and the other plant leaders immediately initiate face-to-face communication with employees, clarifying the actions we choose to take promptly:
– Distance between employees of at least 1.5 meters
– Hand washing often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds
– Frequent use of hand sanitizer.
– A staff member is defined to clean door handles, table surfaces and some machines – every day
– Machine operators receive spray sanitizers to regularly clean the panels and tools
– Closure of cafeteria and automatic coffee, beverage and snack machines
– Social interaction zones are prohibited for use, as well as any kind of agglomeration
– Showers in the locker rooms are forbidden. Bathrooms are disinfected once a shift
– In case of the appearance of symptoms of the disease, the employee must first notify the company. Each case will be treated separately by the task force.
– If the symptoms are felt during work, report directly to the superior
– Immediate ban on business trips and company meetings (only virtually are allowed)
– Cancellations of any kind of factory visits
Posters relating to the actions described above are fixed throughout the plant. We place disinfectants for hands at additional points.
1. General Measures
Any person who meets one of the following criteria should not go to the factory (or workplace, such as offices or maintenance facilities):
2. Procedure if Someone gets Sick
If a worker develops a high temperature or a persistent cough during work, he should as soon as possible:
Then follow the self-isolation guidelines and do not return to work until your self-isolation period has been completed.
3. Journey to the factory
Wherever possible, workers should commute alone to the workplace. And companies may follow the following guidelines.
4. Visitors at the factory
5. Hand washing and toilets facilities
6. Common Food Areas
8. Showers and Dressing rooms
9. Face-to-face meetings (within factory premises)
10. General cleaning and trash removal.