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COVID-19, How Should Distribution Center Respond? (Part 2)

관리자 2020-12-09 조회수 87

By practicing thorough personal hygiene control

Self-inspection by the company’s established response plan

E&C GLS, CEO, In-Ho Oh

The Distribution center should do its best to prevent COVID-19 by following 6 points.

1. Reinforcement of personal hygiene, maintenance of workplace cleanliness, daily education concerning disinfection on morning and evening inquiry.

2. Body temperature check at the entrance to all employees and visitors in a distribution center.

3. Mandatory to wear masks (a person can enter when wearing a mask and additional mask for visitors)

4. Place hand sanitizers everywhere for workers and visitors

5. To raise awareness, public relations notices and posters throughout a distribution center

6. Daily disinfection in all work area, maintain cleanliness, and frequent ventilation

** Use sterilization products approved by authorities and proceeds disinfection by a government recommendation

All of these matters should be checked regularly and made efforts to prevent them thoroughly by preparing a self-check list for the workplace.


What if the distribution center is contaminated, how should we respond? 

E&C GLS COVID-19 Response Plan

 

Figure 1. E&C GLS COVID-19 Response Plan

1. To prevent COVID-19 spread, a response team is designated to establish a response plan scenario according to a type of occurrence

2. Handling the situation under the direction of a response team and a responsible person according to the response plan.

Due to the nature of COVID-19 virus spread, according to a state of exposure, three different types of patients could occur Confirmed, Suspected, and Symptom. In each case, the response team’s goal is to bring a rapid normalization by following guidelines for each station in order to minimize confusion.

Situation 1. An employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19

Situation 2. An employee with a suspected case of COVID-19

Situation 3. An employee with symptoms of COVID-19

By preparing such response guidelines, there are clear ways for calling which government agencies, personal instruction, and control, disinfection process.

Figure 2. COVID-19 workplace related guidelines (Ministry of Employment and Labor)

3. A distribution enter shall be normalized as soon as possible by operating the response plan prepared in advance under the direction of the response team to prevent inconvenience and loss of sales of customers.

4. The response plan also has a backup personnel plan, which will efficiently arrange workers to fill the insufficient places.

5. Use the WMS (Warehouse Management System) to get back to work quickly and efficiently.

6. Provides a virtual conference for an employee who is in self-isolation, which will bring a quick normalization of management.

This emergency business system should be prepared to minimize inconvenience to customers and normalize management quickly by responding immediately to COVID-19 as well as other large-scale epidemics. When planning an emergency work system, it is necessary to define backup personnel and work to provide instructions. Preparation and emergency steps are needed to prepare for a crisis that may come at any time. Simulation training is needed to prevent errors from occurring.

Right now, if a distribution center prepares and implements a thorough pre-preparation and response scenario, we will be able to overcome the COVID-19 crisis sufficiently and leap to another level.

“To prevent the spread of COVID-19,

Strengthen the hygiene of a worker and sanitization of a workplace”

Figure 3. E&C GLS Icheon Fulfillment Center’s Response to COVID-19

Thank you,

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