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Updated March 26: DENSO to Donate Nearly 2,000 N95 Masks to Hospitals in Michigan, North Carolina

Southfield, Mich. (March 26, 2020) – DENSO is donating nearly 2,000 N95 masks to support health care workers in Michigan and North Carolina responding to COVID-19.

“As the COVID-19 outbreak proliferates, DENSO is continuously evaluating ways it can help reduce the virus’ spread,” said Kenichiro Ito, executive officer of DENSO Corporation and chief executive officer of DENSO’s North American headquarters. “This donation is a small representation of our tremendous appreciation and gratitude for those who need these masks the very most. We commend the selfless health care workers who are on the front lines responding to the virus.”

DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, is providing over 1,600 of the respirators to Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield while its thermal manufacturing facility in Battle Creek is giving 300 to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.

DENSO’s Greenville, North Carolina, facility also is donating a small number of the masks to Vident Medical Center, based locally.

DENSO owns such masks to protect employees in sensitive lab and production environments.

DENSO locations across North America, which have already enacted stringent safety measures to help protect employees, are currently looking into additional opportunities with industry and government partners in which they can further support the broader fight against COVID-19.

The company is committed to sharing resourceful and timely information during this challenging time, and will give more updates as available.

To see DENSO’s previous COVID-19 updates, go here.

 

 

Updated March 23: DENSO’s Response to COVID-19

Southfield, Mich. (March 23, 2020) – During these difficult times, DENSO remains committed to protecting the health and safety of its employees while ensuring business continuity. That is why the company has:

  • Aggressively increased sanitation of its facilities,
  • Limited the number of on-site employees, as much as possible,
  • Advised employees who can work from home do so,
  • Implemented measures that promote and maximize social distancing for essential positions that cannot work remotely,
  • Tightened travel and visitor policies; and,
  • Adhered to CDC guidelines

Some employees who perform business-critical tasks are unable to work remotely and it’s imperative that DENSO protects them. To do so, as well as adjust to production needs, many of DENSO’s North American facilities are either stopping or slowing production, effective today, March 23.

Production stoppages, which further facilitate DENSO’s disinfection efforts, will vary across locations based on individual location circumstances. Additionally, each location will utilize a limited number of on-site employees, depending on location-specific requirements. At this time, DENSO strives to keep in-person headcount as low as possible – to support social distancing, minimize employees’ exposure to germs and enhance facility cleanings.

To date, one DENSO employee, based at its North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, has tested positive for COVID-19. After learning of the case, DENSO immediately disinfected the areas where the individual worked; notified individuals who were in close contact with the affected individual, and advised them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

DENSO is committed to communicating as quickly as possible as we receive new information. We, the DENSO North American team, hope you and your families stay healthy and safe during this unprecedented crisis.

Go here to see our previous COVID-19 updates.

 

 

DENSO Announces Partial Shutdown to Help Protect Workforce, Shares Updates on COVID-19 Safety Efforts

Southfield, Mich. (March 20, 2020) – In an effort to adjust to customer production changes and support social distancing among employees, many of DENSO’s North American facilities are either stopping or slowing production, effective Monday, March 23.  Production stoppage durations will vary across its locations based upon individual circumstances. The company will reevaluate operations to assess risk and customer situations prior to resuming production.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THOSE WORKING:

To protect the health of our employees, we are disinfecting DENSO facilities frequently, providing hand sanitizer and practicing social distancing. Additionally, individual locations will utilize a limited number of on-site employees, depending on location-specific needs. DENSO strives to keep in-person headcount as low as possible, to support its efforts in social distancing, minimizing employees’ exposure to germs and facility disinfection.

Visitors will not be permitted unless for business-critical purposes. Those who do visit a DENSO location must complete the DENSO Visitor COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to entering. Individuals who were in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days, will not be permitted.

WORK FROM HOME PROTOCAL

Since Monday, March 16, DENSO’s North American headquarters and satellite offices have incrementally expanded IT infrastructures to allow nearly 100% of their employees to work remotely by Monday, March 23.

Not all DENSO employees are able to work away from the office, however, for these individuals, DENSO is taking extra precautions to ensure their safety, including: reducing the number of employees around them; increasing facility disinfection and encouraging social-distancing practices.

DENSO’s other North American facilities have also instituted alternative work arrangement, including work-from-home and are working to increase their network capacities to enable more employees to work remotely.

TRAVEL POLICY

DENSO has aggressively restricted its domestic travel policy. All business-critical travel requires senior executive approval.

DENSO will continue to post updates as we receive new information. We, the DENSO North American team, hope you and your families stay healthy and safe during this unprecedented crisis.

 

 

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