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Toyota makes major changes to help keep employees safe from coronavirus

Company officials opened the doors to allow WTVA 9 News to get a look at changes made to keep employees safe from the Coronavirus when they return to the production line.

Posted: May 5, 2020 7:14 PM
Updated: May 6, 2020 10:28 AM

BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (WTVA) - Workers at the Toyota plant in Blue Springs are preparing to get back to work on Monday.

Company officials opened the doors to allow WTVA 9 News to get a look at changes made to keep employees safe from the coronavirus when they return to the production line.

When Toyota welcomes back its on almost three thousand employees on Monday. They will be in for some for big changes.

President Sean Suggs said safety is a top priority to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

The first new protocol in place a checkpoint which includes a questionnaire. Employees can either complete the questionnaire at home or scan a bar code when they arrive at work, and it will pop up on their phone. 

The questionnaire asks if the worker is displaying any coronavirus symptoms. Based on their answers, the security gate will open to allow them into the plant.

Once you get inside the plant, workers will see reminders to social distance and to wear your face mask. Floor stickers are spaced six feet apart on the floor as a constant reminder to maintain their distance.

There is also another checkpoint before employees can enter the hub. A health care provider checks their temperature and then hands them a mask made at Toyota. 

As for break rooms and the cafeteria areas, plexishields made at the plant add an extra level of protection.

Suggs said employees are assigned a number and must sit at the same table every break. 

"So if team member two is asymptomatic or symptomatic. We are able to trace that team member," said Suggs. 

Suggs said the company is also staggering lunch times to help keep people apart. Employees also make mask for their fellow employees.

They crank out 3,500 a day. 

He said the company even has protocols in place for people to social distance in the restroom. Plexishields separate each hand washing station. 

Suggs said Toyota is not only taking care of team members at work. They are also making sure they stay safe at home.

Judd Wilson with the Tupelo Chamber of Commerce said other businesses should be following Toyota's lead.

"I think it's great that Toyota is taking the steps to do that. Even a small businesses can learn something. Even from a business like Toyota were they are either wearing mask or social distancing, good hand hygiene," said Wilson. 

Once production ramps back up Toyota plans to take the process slowly producing only 20 cars on Monday. The plant produced 750 Corollas per day before they shutdown because of coronavirus.

Officials hope the slower start up period will give employees time to get used to new guidelines and chance to ease back into their roles.

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