The coronavirus crisis has affected several sectors around the world. And in the industry it has been no different.
As much as the executive branch of our country (mayors, governors and president) did not take a more radical step, as occurred with trade in much of Brazil, the industry also felt the impact of the pandemic.
A survey carried out by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) disclosed that the main problems that are occurring in the industry are related to the fall in demand for its products, the difficulty in obtaining inputs and raw materials and the reduction in the supply of working capital in the country. financial system.
Still talking about the same survey, four out of ten industries consulted, production was interrupted due to the crisis. In 23% of the companies, production is paralyzed for a determined time. At 18%, production is interrupted with no expected return. Forty percent reduced production, 19% of which intensely. Only 5% of companies increased production.
Talking about the drop in demand, 79% of the surveyed industries noticed a reduction in orders. 53% of companies say that the fall was intense. Only 7% reported high demand for their products. Regarding obtaining raw materials or inputs, 86% of the companies are experiencing difficulties, of which 37 percentage points reported a lot of difficulties. Only 15% continue to obtain normal inputs and raw materials.
Among the measures taken by industries in relation to employees, 58% adopted home work (home office), 47% gave holidays to part of employees, 46% dismissed employees with symptoms and 35% resorted to the use of the hour bank. A total of 21% separated teams into smaller shifts and 19% gave collective vacations to all employees.
What the industry has done in the face of the coronavirus crisis
Some changes occurred in the industry after the coronavirus crisis. Laws have been implemented and preventive measures have been adopted in order to make the workplace a safer and healthier environment.
In February 2020, Law 13,979 was published, which provides for measures to deal with the public health emergency of COVID-19. The aforementioned normative text makes it clear that absences from employees as a result of isolation will be considered as justified absences from service, when these are determined by the competent authority of the Ministry of Health.
Regarding measures to prevent coronavirus, SESI (Social Service for Industry) recommends the following:
- Wash your hands frequently, using water and liquid soap, especially after coughing and sneezing, going to the bathroom and before meals.
- Hand rubbing with 70% alcohol gel is also effective.
- Promote verbal compliance between people, replacing handshakes, hugs and face-to-face contact.
- Make 70% alcohol gel available at the entrance to the rooms and guide employees in its use.
- Perform the disinfection of tables and chairs, rubbing with a dry and clean cloth soaked with 70% alcohol, at the end of each shift.
- Conduct or participate in events, lectures, using virtual platforms such as Skype and Zoom.
These are just a few general tips that should be implemented and more specific ones can be added, depending on each company.
Here, at Geartech BR, we take all possible precautions, always intensifying hygiene practices and avoiding maximum physical contact and proximity between employees and customers.
We continue our work in the middle of the pandemic, adapting to the new normal! Contact us to learn more about our products and services. We are available!