Production Facilities of Ulyanovsk Region to Resume Activities During Coronavirus Pandemic
On 16 April, Andrey Tyurin, First Deputy Chairman of the Government of Ulyanovsk Region checked Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant's (UAZ) compliance with sanitary and epidemiological regulations. Governor Sergey Morozov authorized the facility to continue working during pandemic.
Andrey Tyurin said, “Special monitoring teams check enterprises daily during the high alert regime. The Automobile Plant quickly responds to the needs of people and takes all necessary safety measures. The management implements recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor). However, the positive assessment today does not free the plant from its responsibility to follow all regulations on the daily basis. Employees should feel safe and be sure of what tomorrow will bring.”
On 13 April, UAZ management signed an order to introduce anti-epidemic procedures at the plant and resumed work of the conveyor. The anti-epidemic headquarters has been established to prevent the spread of coronavirus; there are also all necessary conditions for safe work. The entrance of the plant has color marking to ensure the 1.5 m social distancing; posters have been installed to separate workers' routes to workshop premises; there are thermal imaging camera, disinfectant dispensers and loudspeakers. All units have specific time when they start work, which allows to avoid mass gatherings at the plant's entrance. Employees are provided with medical face masks. The cleaning service disinfects public spaces on a continuous basis.
Currently, UAZ has the priority order to manufacture ambulance cars. No more than 25% of personnel can work per shift according to the Resolution of the Government of Ulyanovsk Region No. 151-P. The first shift has 1700 workers, the second and the third one involves more than 500. In total, the plant employees 7,300 people today. Specialists, engineers and technicians will continue working remotely.
“Our main goal is to separate personnel at their workplaces and at the entrance checkpoint. Our employees continue switching to remote working; there are already 450 people like this. According to the orders issued for each unit, workers are not allowed to move between production facilities until 30 April. Employees must stay in their buildings. Failing to comply with these regulations is seen as violation of our Code of Conduct and workplace safety rules. We are going to manufacture about 1800 cars in April to complete orders for the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defense and the National Guard of Russia,” - said Alexey Spirin, Executive Director of OOO "UAZ".
In the near future, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation together with car manufacturers will submit measures for support of the automotive industry to President Vladimir Putin. The thematic meeting is scheduled for 22 April.
“We can see how the situation in the world is changing due to the spread of coronavirus infection, how it affects the world economy and work of production facilities, transport enterprises, power industry and others. Russia has to take necessary measures to address the current situation,” - said the head of State during the meeting with permanent members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.