DETROIT — As Detroit’s automakers seek to restart their U.S. plants during the coronavirus pandemic, two health experts advising Michigan’s governor and the UAW warned against an over-reliance on masks and face shields to keep workers safe.
“We always put protective equipment last (on the list of options),” Rick Neitzel, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, told Reuters. “Not because it’s ineffective, but by the time you get down to that level you’re relying on the worker to understand how and when and where to use that protective equipment.”
Neitzel and Marisa Eisenberg, a University of Michigan associate professor of epidemiology, are part of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s task force on economic recovery. They are also among the experts the UAW has sought advice from as it negotiates with General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on restarting assembly plants.
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