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SEAT Prevention Plan for Possible Outbreaks of COVID-19 after Summer

Auto News - Published on Fri, 31 Jul 2020

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SEAT Executive Committee has approved a prevention plan to guarantee all employees a safe return to work after the summer holidays. With this plan, the company aims to protect the health of all workers in the event of a possible reactivation of the COVID-19 pandemic from September onwards. SEAT’s plan is to carry out new PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2 on its more than 15,000 employees in the last week of August, with a special focus on production line workers, temporary employment agency workers and suppliers. As when the tests were carried out in April, laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health and the Government of Catalonia will analyse them without any effect on public health activities. The company aims to test more than 90% of the nearly 8,600 workers in this group in the week before they return to work after their summer break on 31st August. The rest of the workers not linked to car manufacturing will be tested as they return to work. In a survey of employees, in which more than 5,000 people participated, 77% showed their willingness to undergo a new PCR and are willing to have it done before the end of their holidays.

Moreover, every year SEAT offers its employees the chance to get a free flu vaccination at the company’s headquarters. On this occasion, the vaccination campaign begins in September, a few weeks earlier than in previous years, as recent studies have shown that some proteins in this vaccine also act effectively to reduce the symptoms of COVID-19 sufferers. Almost half of the participants in the employee survey have shown their intention of getting a flu vaccine.

In addition, the company will maintain the specific health protocol it put in place when it resumed activity after the peak of the pandemic in April, which so far has prevented the spread of infection within its facilities. Among the measures provided for in this protocol are the distribution of facemasks for use throughout the working day, the adaptation of workstations to maintain a safety distance of one and a half metres, and the control of body temperature of all workers entering the company’s facilities.

Furthermore, employees have disinfectant gel and a health self-assessment app at their disposal to verify that they do not display symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, but if they do, to report them directly to the health services, which study and monitor every possible case of workers testing positive for COVID. The company has distributed information material on these measures, and periodically checks that they are correctly carried out in all work spaces.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 31 Jul 2020
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