Restarting Ford: Safety Priority One as Ford Readies to Reboot Critical Manufacturing Worldwide

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority has been – and remains – the health and safety of our people.  Over the past few weeks, we have begun detailing the process of reopening our global plants and facilities, using lessons learned in China and around the world, along with insights gathered internally and externally, to shape our approach to returning to work.  Today, we shared those same health and safety efforts with media as well as outlined in the material below. 


DEARBORN – Ford today outlined its global health and safety protocols, sharing how best practices and input from around the world are helping to protect its workforce, dealers, customers and suppliers as it phases in the restart of its global plants.

The standards and precautions introduced this week expand on those used in Ford facilities in China, where work has already resumed, and in the U.S., where Ford has been manufacturing medical equipment for weeks. The people building those medical supplies have stayed safe and healthy by wearing face masks, face shields and other personal protection equipment, and maintaining at least 6 feet of space from other Ford people wherever possible.

“We’ve been working intently on how to restart our operations and safely bring back our employees and we’re ready,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s chief operating officer. “We have gone through and trialed these processes. We’re abiding by our first principles, and we are working with our union and government partners to restart. Getting back to work isn’t just good news for Ford employees. It’s also good news for our suppliers, car dealers and the ecosystems that provide services around them, like restaurants, shops and stores. This economic multiplier effect is going to help reboot communities around the globe.”  

The automotive industry accounts for 6 percent of gross domestic product in the U.S. – more than 7 million jobs are dependent upon automakers, dealers and suppliers.

No automaker employs more hourly workers in the U.S. than Ford, which manufactures and exports more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker. Last year Ford built more than 492,000 more vehicles in America than the next highest-producing automaker.

F-Series alone requires four U.S. plants, approximately 19,000 Ford employees and 2,000 U.S. suppliers – and generates an estimated $50.2 billion in global sales revenue annually. That’s more than the 2019 annual revenues of American Express, Coca-Cola, Cisco Systems and Delta Airlines.

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Ford is continuing to make decisions with health and safety of workforce, dealers, customers, partners and communities as highest priority through the coronavirus crisis

Robust safety and care measures instituted globally to create a safe and healthy environment for Ford’s workforce, its dealers and customers, with health assessment measures, personal protective equipment and facility modifications to increase social distancing

Constantly assessing public health conditions, government actions and recommendations, supplier readiness to determine when time is right to resume production in a staggered approach

Using lessons learned in China and around the world along with insight from Global Data teams and an epidemiologist and infectious disease experts to inform our global approach to return to work

Collaborating closely with unions, including the UAW, on initiatives to keep people safe, including completing daily health self-certifications, scanning temperatures and more

safety actions include

Daily online health self-certifications completed before work every day. Employees or visitors who indicate they may have symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus will be told not to come to work.

No-touch temperature scans upon arrival. Anyone with a raised temperature will not be permitted to enter and will be instructed to visit a physician to be cleared before returning to work.

Required face masks for everyone entering a Ford facility. Every Ford team member will be provided a care kit including a face mask and other items to help keep them healthy and comfortable at work.

Safety glasses with side shields or face shields as added requirements when jobs don’t allow for social distancing. Ford is evaluating workstations and work patterns and will implement other measures that protect workers whose jobs are typically performed within 6 feet of another person.

Facilities that have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and will be cleaned with increased frequency when they reopen.

Hand sanitation stations throughout Ford facilities and CDC signs with proper handwashing methods in all restrooms.

A comprehensive playbook with procedures and protocols that detail how the Ford team will work together to help keep everyone safe and healthy.