Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited restarts operations with precautionary measure in place
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Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited restarts operations with precautionary measure in place

The Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited manufacturing facility, a joint venture of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Tata Motors, is located in Ranjangaon, about 40km from Pune city

Sudipto Chaudhury

As the automobile sector starts its journey back to normalcy, Ranjangaon-based Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL), resumes operations at its plant. However, leaving nothing related to employee safety to chance, FIAPL’s management will implement enhanced safety measures to protect over 3000 direct and indirect employees, their families and surrounding communities from the spread and transmission of COVID-19.

FIAPL, which manufactures passenger vehicles and powertrains for OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and also produces and supplies powertrains to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Tata Motors Limited (TML) and other OEMs in India, has implemented layers of protection including cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing to ensure the wellness of everyone entering the Ranjangaon facility.

A critical component to the restart of operations has been the education of the workforce on COVID-19 and its effects, the importance of maintaining physical distance as well as regularly disinfecting and sanitising the entire facility. Further, FIAPL employees, as well as all visitors, are required to complete a Daily Health Declaration. This includes not only having their temperature taken when entering and exiting the facility as well as before boarding and disembarking company conveyance, as completing a self-assessment questionnaire, submitted digitally.

To further ensure employee protection, Comprehensive signage, information boards and a dedicated ambulance equipped with a ventilator and trained driver have also been appointed. FIAPL has also set up a dedicated 50-member task force of employee volunteers to ensure adherence with all processes inside the facility and also after working hours.

Commenting on the health, hygiene and safety measures employed in the reopening of the facility, Ravi Gogia, president, FIAPL said the plant has restarted operations with a lean workforce, and a priority on ensuring the safety of its employees. In the coming days, the FIAPL will gradually step up production, with assured supplies and a careful increase in the density of our working population.

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