Employees all over the world stand together against COVID-19.
COVID-19 has affected virtually every aspect of our lives in such a short period of time, and it has placed enormous pressure on groups such as health care workers, delivery drivers and sanitation workers. In order to alleviate a small part of that pressure, our people have dedicated their time, knowledge and resources to help their communities during the crisis. We're proud of their actions, demonstrating in big ways and in small, how to pioneer with purpose during these challenging times.
When asked why he decided to manufacture face shields and ear savers to donate to health centers in his area, mechanical engineer Stefan Stojanovic said:
I feel a deep personal responsibility to use my experience in operations engineering to help fight this pandemic. I can't intubate a patient, sew gowns or make masks, but I can optimize complicated production cycles.
Here are just a handful of the incredible efforts by employees to make a difference.
Meeting the demand for personal protection equipment (PPE).
Stonehouse, U.K., plant mechanical engineer, Stefan Stojanovic used his production optimization skills to manufacture much-needed PPE for National Health Service workers using his 3D printer.
Answering the call for mask makers.
Sixteen employees from our Suzhou, China plant donated their time to sew masks for the Wuhan Red Cross Society. In a single day, they contributed to an increase in daily production from 50,000 to 200,000.
Donating essential supplies to essential employees.
Our Aftermarket North American team, along with our partners at TGI Direct, donated 89,000 pairs of nitrile gloves to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. and Beaumont Hospital Services in the Detroit area.
Applying their skills to help medical professionals.
In Rochester, N.Y., employees used their personal 3D printers to create ear savers to alleviate the head pain often associated with prolonged mask usage. They were donated to local hospitals and health centers.
Helping out those in need in their community.
Employees in Piracicaba, Brazil organized a community donation where they collected nearly 400 kilograms of food stuffs and over 600 hygiene items for local charities.
Cooking for a cause.
Warwick, U.K., employee Jamirul Hussain cooked and donated meals to hospitals and local charities when normal food distribution was disrupted.
Ensuring a safe return.
During the pandemic, our first priority was and always is the safety of our people. Our Health & Safety (H&S) team worked diligently with our human resources and site leaders to ensure the necessary safety measures were in place and the proper resources were available as sites around the world reopened.
Although each site is unique in terms of its layout and employee population, the H&S team determined several critical policies for all sites, including mask usage, 6-foot social-distancing and hand-washing. General safety measures that have been implemented include:
- Mandatory mask usage while on site.
- Temperature checks at all entrances.
- Floor spacing markers in all public and common areas, including lobbies, elevators, restrooms, break rooms and labs.
- Safety protocol reminders and best-practice informational signage in high-traffic areas.
- Additional hand sanitizing and washing stations throughout the site.
Recognizing our safety efforts.
Ensuring a safe working environment depends on more than just the new procedures we've put into place – it also depends on the acceptance and efforts of everyone involved. Our employees have done an exceptional job at not only adopting the new safety measures, but embracing them while maintaining a positive attitude and determination to get the job done.
Below are some examples of what the new 'normal' looks like to us.