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May 11, 2020

Honda resuming North America production

Honda is gradually resuming car, engine and transmission production at its plants in the US and Canada from today, Monday 11 May.

By Olly Wehring

Honda is gradually resuming car, engine and transmission production at its plants in the US and Canada from today, Monday 11 May.

The automaker began suspending automobile production on 23 March.

When resuming production, Honda will stagger the startup at each plant, with most factories using the first day to ensure that front line managers are trained on new procedures and activities related to COVID-19 prevention.

Prior to resuming production, workers will learn about the new safety measures and retrain on work processes after the period of suspended production.

All salaried and support workers who have been on furlough from Honda operations in the US returned to work either on 8 or 11 May, depending on location.

Honda said it would “continue to maximise opportunities for associates to work remotely while practicing social distancing for those performing essential roles that require them to work at company facilities.

New health and safety measures include:

  • Temperature scanning – all Honda workers, suppliers, contractors and visitors will undergo a temperature scan and will not be allowed inside Honda facilities with a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher.
  • Masks and cloth face coverings – as an added precaution, Honda is requiring the use of masks or cloth face coverings at all times inside all buildings except when eating or drinking. Plants and offices will provide one new mask per day for every associate.
  • Face shields – the automaker will require workers to wear face shields in some areas of the manufacturing plants as an added precaution.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting – the automaker has increased cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising throughout its operations, along with providing cleaning supplies in common areas for use by associates.

Social Distancing measures include:

  • Staggered shift start times to reduce the amount of people entering and leaving plants at one time.
  • Staggered lunch and break times with changes to seating arrangements in cafeterias and additional rooms made available for lunch.
  • Each plant is adjusting processes and workstations to achieve social distancing on the production line to the extent possible.
  • Common areas such as restrooms and locker rooms will limit capacity to maximise social distance.
  • All facilities have increased signage to remind workers of social distancing requirements, CDC guidelines for good hygiene and other helpful safety and health information.

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