In response to the COVID-19 crisis in India, spurred on by the second wave of cases, Nissan has contributed USD 895,000 to the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Relief Fund, over USD 34,500 to the Tamil Nadu CM Relief Fund, and over USD 590,000 for COVID-19 relief equipment, such as masks, and PPE Kits.
Driven by its people-first culture, in April Nissan introduced the free use of its technology for a body temperature and health management system created and implemented at plants in Japan. Developed in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the system uses either a contactless thermometer or a thermo-camera to take measurements of employees’ body temperatures as they enter a facility, ultimately reducing data entry errors.
In India, as part of the relief equipment support with the start of the second wave of the COVID-19 crisis, Nissan has over the last few months distributed N-95 masks, PPE kits, oxygen concentrators, portable ECG machines, X-ray machines, pulse oximeters, and nasal oxygen machines in Delhi NCR & Chennai. Additionally, in partnership with the World Community Service Centre, Nissan is distributing cooked food packets to migrant workers and the needy to solve the rising hunger crisis during the lockdown period.
Commenting on the initiative, Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India said “Safety & well-being of the society, customers, partners, and employees is paramount. Towards this, multiple initiatives are being taken with the Government authorities & NGOs towards ensuring the same.”
Nissan has prioritized the safety of its employees by carrying out structural changes including limiting occupancy in transport vehicles and canteens to 50%, removing the need for fingerprint scanners within the biometric attendance system, and introducing a ‘COVID-19 key’ to avoid the need to touch any buttons, doors or other common surface areas. Nissan continues to practice social distancing through markings that have been laid out across all areas, sanitizing conveyance and production vehicles in its vicinity, using a foot-operated pedal system for water and sanitizer dispensers, ensuring the disposal of used masks in designated yellow bins. Additionally, windows and doors are kept open to promote fresh air and ventilation, and support function workers are encouraged to work from home.
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