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Social Training Talk

This afternoon we participated in a Social Training talk given by the Sustainable Development Secretariat to learn about the general measures of the new normality in daily life inside and outside companies..

The talk was given by German Borja, Director of Business Development who opened the session presenting updated data on COVID-19 cases in the state to put participants in perspective on the importance of social training and the implementation of measures in daily life. This program basically consists of detecting day-to-day risks (use of public transport, constant use of cell phones, receiving packages, supermarket visits, contact with coworkers) and create strategies to reduce these risks.

In the session we saw the stages of action from the start of the pandemic, the quarantine stage for contingency, until reaching the stage of social training for the new normal. An infographic was presented that chronologically presents the actions carried out by the state government to combat the virus so far and the possible scenarios that could arise depending on the level of participation of citizens and companies from Queretaro..

The Safe Consumption Platform was also presented, a digital space that promotes the registration of local suppliers and companies that provide day-to-day products and services in support of Queretanos entrepreneurs.

Finally, the Epidemiological Surveillance program was reiterated in which they take into account 15 important points that companies must cover to restart activities, when the epidemiological traffic light allows it, and businessmen were invited to take into account this government support program through the Surveillance portal, which collaborates with the Ministry of Health to support companies in monitoring positive cases of COVID-19..

Dialogue session with the IMSS

Thursday afternoon 4 June we invited our associates to a dialogue session with the Head of Health at Work and Economic Benefits of the IMSS Querétaro to hear first-hand the voice of those in charge of this area, the correct implementation of health prevention measures in companies and the clarification of doubts that frequently arise among those in charge of Human Capital.

Francisco Zapeda accompanied us in the session, Head of the Office of Health at Work and Economic Benefits of the IMSS Querétaro, who instructed the participants point by point to clarify the approval requirements that have been requested from companies.

Among the recommendations Zepeda made special emphasis on some, for example, the implementation of medical surveillance and updating of the health condition in which the workers are, because there is the possibility of changes in your physical condition in the last weeks, or in the consequent to the restart of activities that may involve considering them as members of high-risk groups. Ignorance of these changes could represent exposing the collaborator to a risk if the necessary measures are not taken.

In the case of a worker who can be considered risky and is exposed to contagion by agglomeration, the use of a KN95 respirator is recommended, not a face mask, since this equipment is much more advanced, because it has the ability to filter the air and reduces the risk of contagion.

The owner was asked about how to act if the situation arises in which the workers refuse to comply with the required sanitary measures., such as wearing face masks or refusing to report symptoms of the disease in a timely manner. Zepeda recommends updating the company manuals and regulations that allow managers to apply the disciplinary measures that the STPS regulatory process requires..

Finally, the minister expressed his interest in working hand in hand with decision-makers on health issues and strengthening communication with the areas of Human Capital or Safety and Hygiene to coordinate effective collaboration that allows companies in the sector to get out of this well. contingency.

Webinar VDA 6.3:2016


Last Monday, June 1st, our associates were invited to participate in a training session through a webinar with the theme “Interpretation of the VDA questionnaire and check list 6.3:2016” which is based on the development of quality management regulations.

In the session, the instructor commented that this regulation is not new but an update, a 3rd version 6.3 of the 2016 which consists of the process audit. which in turn, the VDA and the IATF come first of all before international requirements to be able to fulfill the requirements of the automotive industry through the CSR’s.

When conducting audits, the VDA 6.3 is one of three categories: System audit, product audit and process audit, the latter being where the VDA is used 6.3. In that line, internal auditors must be able to master the quality tools they are going to audit, go CSR’s, know the relevant requirements of the IATF management system 16949:2016 and ISO 9001:2015, as well as being competent as an auditor according to the ISO Standard 19011:2018 in negotiation skills, conflict management and audit process. If the auditor does not comply with these powers, does not meet the requirements to perform the audit and risks putting the organization in trouble.




Webinar IHS Markit

Webinar on Prospects for the North American Vehicle Market during COVID-19.


Members of the Querétaro Automotive Cluster and other automotive clusters in the country participated in a webinar on the prospects for the vehicle market in North America that has had significant changes due to the health crisis of the COVID-19 virus.

Manuel Montoya, President of the National Network of Automotive Clusters and Director of the Automotive Cluster of Nuevo León extended a warm welcome to the participants and gave the floor to Irina Sánchez, in charge of Business Development in Latin America at IHS Markit to share with the audience a short message on the subject “The Power of Intelligence”


During the webinar they offered 3 Master lectures:

  • The first conference was given by Guido Vildozo, IHS Associate Director Markit who spoke about the forecast for light vehicle sales in North America.
  • The second lecture was given by Joe Langley, also associate director of IHS Markit and who shared with participants estimates of light vehicle production in North America.
  • The third conference was presented by Andrej Divis, Director of Global Truck Research and who presented the forecasts of commercialization of heavy vehicles in North America.

In the different conferences the global macroeconomic panorama and its repercussions in Mexico were presented, prospects for economic growth, exchange rates and investment in the country and the implications that this macroeconomic climate will mean for the demand for light vehicles, of course taking into account the integration that exists between the value chains of the automotive market in North America.

At the end of the conferences, a space for questions and answers was opened.. Manuel Mayorga thanked IHS Markit for the space and shared strategic information that allows members of the different Clusters that make up the network, make the best business decisions to overcome the obstacles generated by the COVID-19 virus crisis.

ISO workshop 45001

ISO workshop 45001 as a management tool against the COVID-19 Virus

This Thursday afternoon there was a virtual workshop on the ISO Standard 45001 as a control management tool for the health crisis of the COVID-19 virus.



In the session, the instructor explained that the standard may be applicable as a risk management tool, since the purpose of the standard is to provide safe places for the organization to carry out its functions. The current health crisis can easily be considered a risk factor since it has produced an effect of uncertainty and effects on the objectives of many organizations..

Once this factor is established, it is necessary to carry out risk management so that the sources of risk can be prioritized and control mechanisms must be created according to the level of risk in 4 main steps the standard tells us: Before, during, then, analysis and improvement. These actions will allow the creation of efficient processes and, in turn, response protocols to ensure that our facilities are the most suitable for our personnel in the face of the health crisis..

In summary, if we standardize the parameters of the standard for risk management brought about by the health crisis, will not give opportunity to plan, establish controls, verify that the controls are adequate and continually improve them to face the new normal.

Good practices session for the reopening of the automotive sector.


We invite our associates to a session of good practices among the companies approved and validated by the authority for the reopening of the sector next Monday.

The session discussed frequently asked questions and doubts that have arisen among those responsible for implementing security measures in companies to hear first-hand the experience of those who have already approved audits and visits by supervisors to increase the effectiveness of protocols in plants in the Automotive sector

The session highlighted doubts and concerns about:

  • Additional documentation to security protocols
  • Audit duration
  • Security measures in the transport of personnel and
  • Contingency measures regarding the possible appearance of a suspected case

As is already frequent, the spirit of the Cluster is synergy and collaborative work, in order to mutually push ourselves to an effective implementation in the times of approval of the sector as an essential activity. During the session it was evident that the automotive companies are showing good expectations and with the best willingness to make all the necessary and required adjustments by the government to start activities on June 1st..


"Dialogue of coordination with health authorities".

A few days after the restart of activities for the automotive sector, SEDESU organized a Coordination Dialogue with State health authorities to restart operations. The session was chaired by the secretary of Sustainable Development, Third Prete framework to exchange doubts and concerns of companies with experts invited to the session.

The session was attended by Dra. Martina Pérez Rendón, Director of Health Services who presented a report of contagion cases nationwide, state and local by age, gender and vulnerable groups. Post-report, the doctor presented a proposal for epidemiological surveillance by COVID-19 for companies and follow the recommended measures:

  • Follow the protocols established in the company
  • Take preventive measures, use of EPP
  • Special attention to preventive measures in the transfer
  • Preventive measures at home

Ing. Q. Silvia Pimentel Romero, Head of the State Laboratory of Public Health, submitted a report of the tests carried out through the LESP and the nature of the virus in order to carry out these tests. In his brief participation he mentioned that there are only three laboratories in the state to carry out Covid-19 screening tests.: The LESP, UAQ laboratories and private bimodi laboratories, so that companies do not fall into the deceit of any other institution that offers the realization of these tests.

The secretary commented on the creation of a telephone assistance module that, starting on Monday, June 1, will give specific attention to companies in the number 442 101 5205. He also briefly presented the epidemiological traffic light and the new normal traffic light that will take effect next 1 Jun. Which excludes non-essential activities such as: services, tourism, restaurants, bares, gyms, schools, Commerce (food and medicine exception). Del prete concluded the session by thanking the company for the effort to follow the preventive measures and I invite you to consider not restarting operations at 100% and not expose the population to public transit, but to adapt to the new normality gradually.


“Correct implementation of IMSS protocols” INA

Cluster members were invited to participate in a webinar managed by the INA to learn about the "Correct implementation of the IMSS protocols for automotive reopening" The virtual session was chaired by the INA Executive President, the ING. Oscar Albin who thanked the support of the panelists for sharing their best practices.

In the session Enrique Calderón shared, Director of HSE of Bocar group; Gabriel Eguía, Supervisor TOS at Daimler; Mauricio del Valle, Health & Safety Manager and Navistar; Marc Winterhalter, Vice President of Product Development Manufacturing and Purchasing at Nemak and Carlos Prieto, Regional Director of HSE at ZF.

During the session the panelists shared their best practices and their experience in the implementation of the protocols of the “new normality,”From the entry protocols, to the dynamics of personnel transport and social activities within the plant. At the end of the session Alberto Bustamante, EC Director of INA, It took a few minutes to resolve frequently asked and problematic questions that companies have faced in the approval re-registration process. El Ing. Albin concluded the session and reiterated his commitment to the automotive industry and the streamlining of processes for the reopening of activities on June 1st..

Update Talk on the Publication of Agreements for the Reopening of Activities

This friday morning 15 of May, We call the Cluster's associates to a virtual update talk on the latest publication of agreements for the reopening of activities, after the federal government declared the Automotive Industry as an essential activity.

In the session we had the support of the JHRR Abogados law firm who commented that according to what was published, An initial approach indicates that companies must have prior approval from the STPS to start work. Apparently the process to be followed will be to file the reopening request with the STPS, complying with the guidelines established in the documents published by the IMSS, the STPS Work Guide (last update on 24 of April) and the general guidelines for public and closed spaces. Once companies present evidence to the STPS that they meet these requirements, an audit may be carried out to verify the implementation of the guidelines in the company in question. Depending on what was observed in the visit, The STPS will grant the company approval for the restart of activities, therefore it infers that companies that do not follow this process may be subject to sanctions or the immediate suspension of their activities..

Until we have more information, companies can be prepared under these premises and we remain vigilant to more information that could be provided by government institutions.

Industrial Safety Committee Meeting

One of the topics that most pressure companies in the daily needs of the last weeks, is the safety and health of workers. At a committee meeting to be held this Thursday morning 14 of May, supervisors were summoned, coordinators and heads of Industrial and environmental security to work together on possible collaboration strategies that allow the companies in the Cluster to continue facing the challenges generated by the health crisis of COVID-19.

Among some of the proposals made by the participants, the following stood out:

  • Continue to share strategic information from the government or that generated by the Cluster through its strategic allies.
  • Compile and distribute a database of providers of PPE and sanitizing products, endorsed and recommended by the members of the Cluster.
  • Manage the possibility of attending in the next few days to a plant that has already advanced the implementation of its sanitation and safety protocols according to government regulations for the prevention of contagion of COVID-19.

Similarly in the session, Daniel Hernandez, Cluster director, He shared with the participants the new strategic alignment of the Cluster with the specifications that concern the activities of the Committee and invited the members to maintain close communication with the Cluster to attack the prevailing needs of the sector in matters of industrial security and to be able to be at the height of the new requirements that the market is targeting.




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