In recent years, It has become a growing reality that the most important thing in organizations, is human capital. Due to health contingency, This reality has become more evident and companies redouble their efforts to keep their staff safe and sound.
It is in support of this effort that the IMSS Querétaro promotes the importance of prevention dynamics and is willing to support the inspection of the correct implementation of the prevention protocols against COVID-19. The last friday, Lic. Francisco J. Zepeda, Head of Health at Work and Economic Benefits of the IMSS Querétaro, visited the Metelix company to carry out a courtesy review in support of the company's medical and industrial safety area.
During the tour of the plant, the personnel entry and exit protocols were reviewed, entry and exit of visits or providers, dining areas, lockers, administrative and operational workstations, among other. At the end of the tour, Lic. Zepeda had a brief talk with the managers of the company to share their observations and ratify the well-implemented protocols.
This morning the Operational Excellence Committee met to carry out a new dynamic of good practices and share the implementation of improvement or success stories in the tools for operational efficiency. Daniel Hernandez, Cluster director, addressed a few words of welcome to the participants and commented on the importance of promoting these sessions as part of the spirit of cooperation of Clúster.
In this first session, Luis Peralta presented, Continuous Improvement Manager at Brose with the theme "Continuous improvement in the new normal." The prevention measures that have been implemented in the plant against the spread of the COVID-19 virus were briefly shared with the participants, especially those practices that have been modified based on social responsibility and impact on the environment.
In the session, Brose presented the advances of its systems in the digitization of its KPI’s, the traceability of processes and its innovation program to eliminate the use of paper in information management. Previously, this dynamic was carried out from stations strategically located within the production floor and each employee had access to devices to send the required information.. However, now with the emergence of COVID - 19, An application for internal use was implemented for employees from which information can be recorded from their devices in a personal and secure way.
With these sessions we seek to generate exchange of best practices through quality management tools, processes or manufacturing in the area of Operational Excellence.
We participate once again in a social training talk at the invitation of the State Cluster Network and organized by the Secretariat for Sustainable Development.
The session was moderated by Antonio Pérez, Undersecretary for Sustainable Development. During the Session we had the participation of Francisco Zepeda, Head of Health at Work and economic benefits of the IMSS Querétaro to answer questions and clarify the outlook that is glimpsed in the Federal statement regarding the return to the red light. About, the Head of Health commented that despite being technically at a red light, The Governor's statements show that we will not go back in the economic activities that have been reactivated. Instead we will go ahead with the new normal, extreme vigilance of prevention measures in an energetic call by the governor not to let his guard down to avoid the spike in contagion cases.
We also have the participation of Dra. Monica Tejada, State Responsible for Epidemiological Emergencies and Disasters of the Ministry of Health who presented the epidemiological panorama that the state is currently going through in cases of contagion and death by age, sex and health condition. This in order to understand the importance of companies and society in general, the prevailing need to strengthen and take extreme precautions to avoid and rebound in cases of contagion.
At the end of the session, A time of questions and answers was opened in which both officials addressed the concerns of the audience, inviting the participants to continue and, if necessary, strengthen preventive measures to continue taking care of ourselves and ours..
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..
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.
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.
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.
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:
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..
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:
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.