Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port Plant’s re-start preparations underway
- Reinforced & audited health measures now fully deployed at Plant.
- Management approve high level of employee protection.
- EP’s Trade Union, Unite, supports health measures enabling resumption of manufacturing activity; welcomes opportunity to review safety protocols.
- Re-start timing to be assessed on week-by-week basis.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 health crisis, Groupe PSA’s priority has been to protect its employees and preserve the company's long-term future.
During its closure, the Ellesmere Port site has remained "active" and implemented a protocol of reinforced health measures. This protocol, now approved by Management, has been fully audited, in order to assess its implementation.
Ellesmere Port’s Management team has invited Unite, representing plant employees, to make a final review of the safety protocols, before a resumption of manufacturing activity can begin.
The protocol comprises more than 100 measures covering all the company's activities at industrial, administrative, R&D and commercial level. For example, the protocol – specifically developed for industrial sites - requires checking employees’ temperatures, in addition to their self-monitoring of symptoms. The wearing of glasses on site is also supplemented by a daily individual supply of masks, and respecting safe distances between people. Measures include break areas with markings on the floor, keeping doors open (except fire doors) to avoid contact with handles, frequent cleaning of tools and work surfaces, waiting time when exchanging unprepared parts in a Groupe PSA (hand to hand) environment.
The industrial recovery schedule, which will be comprehensively discussed with Unite, has not yet been specified and will take into account the operating capacity left to companies by public authorities to exercise their commercial and industrial activities.