Ensuring Employee Safety During an Unprecedented Time
April 16, 2020
|By: Vivek Jain
Sr. VP, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Maxim Integrated
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to touch lives around the world, Maxim Integrated’s first priority is employee health and safety. While many of our employees are working remotely, our manufacturing facilities are up and running and remain committed to doing their part to alleviate the impact of this global pandemic. As such, we have added 50 more priority parts to our supply chain for products used in medical equipment that assists in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients. At the same time, we’ve also implemented comprehensive social distancing measures to protect the health and safety of our workers.
Key measures in place include:
- Increased sanitation and disinfection of equipment and facilities
- Physical distancing
- Wearing of masks while on site
- Telecommuting when possible
Our semiconductor devices are used in a variety of medical equipment, including virus detection devices, ventilators, patient remote monitoring tools, and analytical/laboratory equipment. As our manufacturing employees work to produce ICs for our customers, we have reengineered our common areas and processes with their safety in mind. For example, at our Cavite, Philippines, location, all employees have their temperature checked at the start of their shifts. Employees who aren’t feeling well are asked to stay home. Visitors, including suppliers and other guests, also undergo temperature checks when they arrive. The floors of lobbies, locker areas, the cafeteria, and other common areas are marked to space employees six feet apart. Dividers are being placed between every seat in the cafeteria.
On our company shuttles, ridership capacity per bus has been reduced with two seats between every person and additional buses serving each route to allow for physical distancing. Employees are required to wear face masks and are provided with hand sanitizer as they enter the buses. Their temperatures are taken, and all buses are disinfected before the next shift.
At our Beaverton, Oregon, facility, the cleanroom there is inherently a safe work environment, where cleanroom gowns, face covers, gloves, and full HEPA air filtration with hundreds of air exchanges each hour are the norm. While non-fab employees are working remotely, employees who need access to the factory, test floors, and labs enter an environment where strict physical distancing and cleaning measures are in place. For example, shift start times are staggered, elevators are limited to one person at a time, cafeteria seating allows for only one person per table, video conferencing has replaced face-to-face meetings, and visitors must complete a health screening (including a temperature scan).
At each of our manufacturing facilities, we’ve increased the frequency of sanitation and disinfection of common areas, such as:
- Door knobs
- Stair railings
- Lobby desks and chairs
- Cafeteria tables
- Conference rooms and office workstations
Employees have the responsibility to follow the health and safety measures for themselves and their co-workers. And most importantly, they need to stay at home if they feel even slightly sick. We all need to do our part to battle this pandemic.