Manufacturers Face a New Challenge: Balancing Safety With Maintaining Operations

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we view employee safety within manufacturing facilities. Moving forward, the industrial segment must seek to balance financial impact with employee safety.


Sizing Up Opportunity Areas and Taking Action

By investing a new way of operating post COVID-19, industrial manufacturers can maintain the right balance of helping employees feel confident and safe while maintain manufacturing productivity. Consider these priorities:

  • Hand Hygiene: increase focus on proper hand hygiene, provide additional opportunities for hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Workspace sanitizing: can help reduce cross-contamination by increasing surface sanitizing frequency and promoting personal wiping.
  • Employee peace of mind: increase awareness of sanitizing and hygiene efforts.


You need solutions. GP PRO can help.

At such a challenging time, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Your GP PRO team stands ready to consult and strategize with you. Take a look at several hygiene-forward solutions that may help you protect patrons and employees:

Hand Hygiene: Restrooms, Locker Rooms, Plant Floor

Your hygiene advantage:

  • Due to Increased soap and sanitizer usage; install high-capacity skincare and paper towel dispensers.
  • Frequent hand washing and sanitizing can cause hand dryness; provide dermatologist-tested skincare formulations with moisturizers and emollients.
  • OSHA recommends cleaning visibly dirty hands prior to sanitizing; make grit soaps and pre-moistened hand towels readily available.
  • Employees will seek additional hand hygiene opportunities; provide added hand sanitizer dispensers at common touchpoints such as vending machine.

Cross-contamination: Plant Floor, Loading Dock, Breakroom, Cafeteria

Your hygiene advantage:

  • Reusable rags and shop towels can be contaminated with hazardous metals and other residual materials; provide disposable wipers and towels.
  • Employee concerns about shared resources like trucks and tools; provide sanitizing wipes for workers in key areas.
  • Exposed cutlery and reusable dishware may spread germs; provide disposable plates, cups and wrapped cutlery.

Employee Concerns: Across Facility

Your hygiene advantage:

  • Increased desire to sanitize hands; provide additional hand sanitizer dispensers.
  • Worries about frequently touched hotspots and proximity to other employees; install physical barriers and incorporate touchless solutions.
  • Many employees work in multiple areas within facility; provide sanitizing wipes for workers on-the-go.
  • Confusion around handwashing and sanitizing frequency and protocol; place visible educational signage in key areas across facility