How Jaguar Land Rover have changed their production process to protect workers
Jaguar Land Rover temporarily suspended all vehicle production in UK plants in March 2020 but was able to put measures in place to resume manufacturing in their Solihull plant, along with activity in some other locations, some weeks later. On 20th May 2020, the first Range Rover made under new social distancing measure drove off the production line.
In order to enable vehicle production to resume, Jaguar Land Rover extensively reviewed all production lines, office areas, engineering facilities and communal spaces to assess the measures that needed to be put into place for a phased return of workers to begin.
The measures that that are now in operation at the Solihull plant include temperature checking workers on arrival with thermal cameras, one-way systems around the plant, enhanced cleaning schedules, maintaining a 2-metre distance between colleagues when possible and providing PPE to be worn if workers are not able to maintain that distance. All employees have been offered a reusable face visor, manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover themselves.
Other measures that employees were asked to take action on before returning to work included signing up to a health and wellbeing charter, monitoring their own temperature at home before each shift and completing an online clinical questionnaire.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Medical Office, Dr Steve Iley, said:
“We have been going through unprecedented times and my thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19, as well as with the healthcare professionals, whose role fighting coronavirus is appreciated around the world. Clearly the health, safety and wellbeing of the Jaguar Land Rover family is our primary concern. We have developed the most effective protocol and guidelines so that our people feel reassured about coming back to the workplace.
Our measures are based on extensive medical and operational review, including lessons learned from our teams in China and Slovakia. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, following the guidance of all relevant authorities in the markets in which we operate, and will adapt quickly as that guidance changes.”
The Jaguar Land Rover plant in Halewood has also since reopened for production, on a reduced shift schedule for the time being, with many safety and protective measures like those seen in Solihull also in place there.
Grant McPherson, Jaguar Land Rover Executive Director of Manufacturing, said:
“The health and wellbeing of our employees has been our primary concern in the build-up to this point. Throughout the coming months, I know that as a team we will do all we can to ‘Stay safe. Be kind. Stay well’.
At Hatfields, our showrooms have been open since June 1st, with measures such as PPE and distancing markings in place to help ensure safety for staff and customers. You can find out more by clicking here. Our service departments are also operational, so if your current vehicle requires a service, get in touch with your nearest Hatfields servicing team to book in.