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ŠKODA AUTO Offers Free Rapid Coronavirus Antibody Tests to Workforce

Auto News - Published on Thu, 21 May 2020

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SKODA AUTO is enabling employees at its three Czech production sites to be tested for coronavirus free of charge and on a voluntary basis. So far, more than 1,000 members of staff have already taken advantage of this offer. With this series of tests, SKODA is taking yet another step to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection in the workplace. After a 39-day halt in production to help contain the spread of Covid-19, ŠKODA AUTO resumed operations at its Czech plants on 27 April. In order to ensure the best-possible health protection, the car manufacturer, in coordination with its social partner KOVO, has introduced a comprehensive set of safety precautions containing more than 80 individual measures for all areas of the business. To this end, the SKODA AUTO workforce must wear a face mask or respirator at work, regularly disinfect their hands as well as work objects, and keep a safe distance from each other. When entering the factory premises, employees are also subjected to random body-temperature measurements.

In addition to the protective measures in production, the car manufacturer’s staff at the three Czech sites can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies free of charge. The company is thus taking a further step towards effectively combating the spread of the virus.

Rapid antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 does not detect the pathogen itself, but instead identifies if people have been infected. The tests are carried out at SKODA AUTO’s clinics in Mlada Boleslav and Kvasiny, and at the Klaudianova Hospital in Mlada Boleslav. Subsequently they are evaluated by an experienced laboratory service provider.

Employees and temporary workers at the Kvasiny plant arriving from Poland will have to be tested. SKODA AUTO is therefore providing a daily capacity of up to 250 tests in Rychnov nad Kneznou between 19 and 31 May for the staff members concerned, so they can return to their workplaces in the Kvasiny plant as planned. The tests are performed by nurses employed by the hospital in Rychnov nad Kneznou and in Nachod. They are supported by the local fire brigade and by employees from the car manufacturer’s human resources department.

SKODA AUTO is cooperating with the Hradec Kralove region, the town of Rychnov nad Kneznou, its social partner KOVO and the Czech State Police in organising the series of tests. Kvasiny is located about 30 km from the Czech–Polish border and about 150 km from the Polish city of Wroclaw.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 21 May 2020
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