Toyota's 'Restart Manual' is a collection of all the best practices a manufacturing unit should implement post the lockdown to provide the safest possible work environment.
There's no doubt that once the world is able to overcome the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, a new 'normal' awaits for all. Keeping the economic aspects aside, the COVID-19 pandemic has, for the foreseeable future, also altered our social lives and we'll have to move forward with a cautious approach.
For now, with a possibility of the restart of manufacturing businesses post 20th April, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has put together a team of cross-functional experts to provide support to the manufacturing sector. This team, after scrutinising each and every step of the manufacturing process, has come up with revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that have been compiled in a 47-page ‘Restart Manual’. This will serve as a guide for industries to follow post the lockdown withdrawal.
Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, Mr Masakazu Yoshimura (MD - Toyota Kirloskar Motor) said, 'Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the health and safety of people across the globe. We are witnessing demand, supply, market and liquidity shocks, a decline in real GDP growth rates, and so many setbacks. It’s our prime responsibility to ensure health and safety of employees, families and all our stakeholders... from this perspective, this ‘Restart Manual’ is prepared not only for our use but also for the benefit of the government, industries and stakeholders...'
The Restart Manual has not only been shared with TKM's suppliers and stakeholders but also with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA). With the help of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), TKM also intends to circulate the manual within a wider segment of the industry.