- Beginning on June 1, Nissan intends to gradually resume its U.S. manufacturing activities.
- The business makes available its Safe Start-Up Playbook to inform manufacturing workers about new workplace health and safety procedures.
- More than 14,000 men and women work for Nissan at its U.S. manufacturing facilities.
Tennessee’s NASHVILLE – Beginning in early June, Nissan will restart its American manufacturing activities in stages. On June 1, the business plans to begin operations at its Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle assembly factory, and on June 8, at its Canton, Mississippi, and Decherd, Tennessee, powertrain plants. On May 1, limited manufacturing at the INFINITI Decherd Powertrain Plant started up again.
Steve Marsh, senior vice president of manufacturing, supply chain management, and purchasing at Nissan North America, Inc., said, “We have scheduled our factory restart with caution, conscious that the impact of COVID-19 continues.” “It will happen gradually. Implementing rigorous protocols is our top priority so that staff members may feel certain that all necessary measures have been done to protect their safety at work.”
Nissan has written a thorough playbook called Safe Start-Up to instruct staff members on the new health and safety procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other governmental organizations have contributed best practices and suggestions to Safe Start-Up. Among the safety guidelines are:
- daily self-certifications of good health for all staff members and guests. No one will be permitted to attend any Nissan worksite who exhibits symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Workstation changes, staggered shifts and break periods, and a limited number of job rotations are all examples of ways to comply with the social distance rules.
- payment for additional personal safety gear, such as face shields and masks.
- enhanced cleaning procedures for shared tools, communal areas, and workstations.
In order to support the phased restart strategy and match production with current market demand, production shift patterns will also be modified as appropriate.
As output rises, Marsh added, “We will continue to evaluate and put in place the required controls in accordance with any revised regulations from governmental bodies and feedback from employees.”
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