General Motors on Thursday rolled out a series of safety measures for workers in Indiana who will make ventilators, outlining what could be a blueprint for opening U.S. auto plants in the coming weeks.
More than 1,000 GM workers will make the ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, Ind., plant. The automaker aims to begin mass production by mid-April and to make 10,000 ventilators a month by summer.
The measures include checking workers’ temperature as they arrive for work, and each work station will be placed at least 6 feet apart, GM said.
There will be a 30-minute interval between shifts so workers can clean work stations when they arrive and before they leave. Cleaning crews will sanitize common areas and “touch areas” such as door handles, at least three times per shift.
A spokeswoman for GM said the measures may form a blueprint for safety protocols at the rest of GM’s plants once the automaker decides to restart production when the pandemic crisis recedes.
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