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#ReturningToWork: Actions to prevent and curtail the pandemic in the production sector

Warsaw, 10th April 2020


Actions to prevent and curtail the pandemic in the production sector


Yesterday, the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers presented a plan of going back to work for the entire economy and in particular for those industries, whose activity was limited due to government restrictions.

The Union calls for the immediate implementation of the plan how the Polish people can return to work. The wealthiest countries of the European Union have already planned to gradually lift restrictions and resume the economy after Easter. OECD data show that losses in Poland resulting from the lockdown can reach as much as 28% of Poland’s GDP. This would be one of the worst results among developed countries. If Poles do not return to work immediately, then both Anti-Crisis Shields and the billions of zloty to stimulate the economy will be wasted. We simply cannot afford that outcome.

Herein, we present you the recommendations of the Union for the industrial production sector in the field of counteracting CODIV-19 infection. The study is based on experience and proven practices implemented worldwide by Procter&Gamble.

Each enterprise and management board, most familiar with the realities within their companies, will find adequate solutions and recommendations that will help them increase employee safety and significantly reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.

We recommend making use of the following solutions beginning today:

  1. Conducting regular information campaigns for employees and external companies – via e-mail, TV screens, boards on the fence; sound system outside the facilities to relay police communiqués.

  2. Separating parts of production facilities to eliminate contact between employees.

  3. Division of factory employees from individual shifts into several teams – each team starts and finishes work on individualised times, separate places where employees are waiting for work to start.

  4. Separate work entrance and exit to eliminate the possibility of contact between employees from various teams.

  5. Implementation of a new entry/exit system for temporary employment agency employees to eliminate people grouping before entering the company premises.

  6. Implementation of additional security at production lines workstations.

  7. Public transport: change in the organisation of bus stops and bus timetables; implementation of buses dedicated only to individual teams.

  8. Limiting the number of people staying in common areas in order to ensure adequate distance (e.g. staff canteen, breakfast rooms, smoking room).

  9. Providing a dedicated breakfast room and toilet for each department.

  10. Introduction of a contactless thermometer measurement, followed by a thermal imaging camera measurement.

  11. Limiting the number of guests entering facility grounds only to necessary visits and monitoring them (introducing the medical self-assessment procedure and measuring the temperature with a non-contact thermometer in installed booths).

  12. Introduction of a procedure that minimises the contact of lorry drivers in distribution centres with security and cleaning crew (e.g. distance 1.5 m, installation of booths, hand disinfection after each contact with documents, disposable gloves for drivers, separate waiting areas for drivers).

  13. Installation of intercoms in all security booths on the factory premises, at the parcel pickup point and in the mail room to allow contact without the need for direct interaction, all shipments delivered at only one central pickup point.

  14. Providing means for disinfecting individual work places (implemented schedule with a list of points for disinfection before starting work – on production sites and in offices). Increased cleaning frequency, regularly wiped handrails, elevator buttons and other common areas.

  15. Increasing the number of stations with disinfectant and the number of dispensers with paper towels in toilets (replacing dryers with paper towels).

  16. Change of all meetings to remote mode.

  17. Implementation of a home office policy for employees who are able to work from home.

  18. Support for employees in terms of childcare in case of schoolchildren.

  19. Limitation of meetings and gatherings – implementation of the minimum 1.5 meter distance principle between employees implemented (e.g. in assembly places waiting for work to start, visual markings for places where employees should stand) introduced.

  20. Introduction of the rule: giving up handshake greetings.

  21. Cancellation of meetings and trainings along with implementation of online trainings where necessary.

  22. Introduction of an employee canteen schedule and a change in the rules of serving meals: elimination of cash payments, introducing ready-made foiled sets, replacing salt and pepper shakers with sachets.

  23. Change of work rules, e.g. administration personnel: implementation of remote assistance.

  24. Limiting business trips.

  25. Daily virtual meetings with business partners to ensure they implement the same procedures and keep you updated on all changes and processes.

  26. Change in the rules of functioning of company stores: closing a stationary store and enabling home delivery for employees.

  27. Securing the right number of protective masks for employees and training in the use of masks.

  28. Development of a procedure for the event of a suspected infectious disease shared with all managers as well as setting up a separated isolation room.

  29. Replacement of furniture with models enabling rapid disinfection.

  30. Additional disinfection stations in drivers’ rooms and warehouses; employees are prohibited from using the toilets and showers for drivers; minimising contact with drivers (delivery documentation provided by e-mail, drivers’ keys packed in disposable plastic bags, using disposable gloves); if employees need to go outside, the driver is obliged to stay in the car.

We hope that a reasonable application of some or all of the above guidelines will ensure the safety and sense of security for employees, and will guarantee uninterrupted production capacity in industrial facilities.


The Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers in cooperation with Procter & Gamble


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