Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, MI’s most important quality standard—safety—has become more important than ever. Whether it’s mandating masks in the work place, requiring social distancing, or staggering shift changes so that fewer people come in contact with one another, everything we’ve done has been with our two main principles in mind: the safety of our team, and the ability to keep our team working. Our safety-first minded team has not only embraced the new COVID-19 safety procedures, but have continued to make our everyday safety operations a top priority.
As such, MI has implemented thermal imaging cameras at its facilities. It started in Hegins, Pa., and in Tacoma, Wash., the week of April 20. Since then, cameras have been sent to other plants, and we expect that every one of our manufacturing facilities will have one by May 8.
The thermal imaging cameras are housed in temporary enclosures located just outside of the plants. As each team member begins their shift, they are required to get a temperature reading. If they have a fever 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, they are asked to go home for their own safety and that of their fellow team members.
“It’s another way to determine that we have a safe work environment to operate in,” MI CEO Matt DeSoto says. “It reinforces that, when we’re coming into the work environment, that this is one of the ways that we can determine that all of us as team members are healthy and that our temperature is right. And a high temperature is certainly one of the primary symptoms of COVID-19.”
MI chose to use thermal imaging so that other team members wouldn’t have to administer the temperature checks. In all, we’ve ordered 38 cameras for our sites around the country.
“I have confidence that we’ve come up with a good process,” DeSoto says. “But we’re going to learn as we go. As we identify new best practices, we’ll share them across the plants.”
In addition to the thermal imaging, all of our team members have also been given their own personal thermometer which they are encouraged to take home to administer their own health check using a self-checker at least once daily. Temperature monitoring is just one of the many safety precautions our team is embracing. Additional types of safety measures that have taken place are: social distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, face coverings, and increased communications and announcements.
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