More than four out of 10 auto parts, mould makers concerned about lack of PPE, survey says
Saturday, May 2, 2020
The Windsor Star/Chris Thompson
A recent survey by the Canadian Association of Mold Makers and Automate Canada has found that 43 per cent of employers are concerned about not having enough personal protection equipment when production resumes.
“Clearly some workplaces are getting ready and in search of PPE,” said CAMM board chair Mike Bilton. “We are looking to see how we can assist and connect them as requested to sources for these items.
“These surveys are helping not only us in our advocacy work but also making a difference for our members and this industry.”
The province on Thursday released return-to-work guidelines, and most industries will have to prepare for new health and safety standards in the workplace.
“We are starting to see trends, and we can also work to provide help where we see needs,” said Automate Canada chair Shelley Fellows, adding that such surveys assist the industry in getting government’s attention.
The survey also found that financial concerns are weighing heavily on respondents, most of whom are located in Southwestern Ontario.
The number of employees in isolation or quarantine this week among those surveyed rose to 73 compared to 58 last week.
The number of employees laid off declined from 143 last week to 90 this week, the survey found. Also, the number of employees furloughed rose from 395 last week to 515 this week.
Eight new employees were hired this week, according to respondents.
Manufacturers also reported that requests for quotes are almost equal to production cancellations and higher than temporary delays.
The survey also found that roughly half of the responding manufacturers planned to be at 90 per cent of full operations by the end of the week.