DENSO COVID-19 Update: Company Committed to Its COVID-19 Policies, Phased Return to Work after New Michigan Orders
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (Nov. 18, 2020) – In accordance with the State of Michigan’s latest COVID-19 emergency orders, DENSO continues to observe its existing COVID-19 risk minimization policies and phased return-to-work approach to remain compliant with rules set by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). DENSO first introduced its risk minimization policies and phased return-to-work approach in May this year, implementing them across its North American sites as the automotive industry began increasing operations.
After the State of Michigan announced the newest orders, DENSO closely reviewed its policies to ensure it is adhering to all MDHHS and MIOSHA guidelines – an effort guided by the company’s focus on putting employee safety first.
What do the latest State of Michigan orders cover?
As was previously the case, the orders allow manufacturing operations that cannot be done remotely to continue. They also call for businesses open for in-person work to:
• Create a written COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, including among other things safety training, the proper use of personal protection equipment (PPE), and a process for making employees aware of potential COVID-19 symptoms and confirmed cases.
• Implement a policy to limit in-person work for employees who can feasibly work remotely.
• Determine who can safely report to work.
While DENSO has been observing these mandates since May, the company continues to review and enhance its approach to minimizing workplace risks and encouraging employees to practice safe behaviors outside of work.
In Michigan, DENSO employees who can fulfill their roles and responsibilities away from company sites will continue to work remotely, as they have since the start of the pandemic. For those who must be on-site to perform their job duties – particularly those who directly support manufacturing operations – DENSO will continue to prioritize practices that protect them, such as health screenings, social distancing, frequent deep cleanings, requiring face coverings and maintaining physical barriers and partitions.
Across North America, DENSO will continue to carry out similar measures that protect employees while giving them the support necessary to meet customer needs. Each site will adapt and strengthen their approaches as local situations change.
As much of the North American region experiences a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, DENSO strongly encourages all its employees to remain committed to the best practices that keep each other, and the business, safe and healthy.