Foxconn has begun to implement strict policies to track employees in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within its facilities.
According to a report from The Washington Post, which catalogued a wide variety of factory policies being seen in China, Foxconn has begun to mandate strict precautions. The Apple assembler took a toll when the outbreak had begun, closing down a number of facilities in the early stages of the viral outbreak. Now, with operations beginning to return to normal, Foxconn is doing everything in its power to prevent another shutdown.
According to the report, Foxconn has placed all employees into teams of 20. These designated teams will then “work, travel, live, and eat together to ensure that employees’ personal trajectories are fully traced,” said a note obtained by The Washington Post. In addition, the company has seen to it that each employee has been given a face mask and will have their temperature monitored at the beginning of their shift.
Foxconn is also monitoring worker temperatures with infrared cameras located within the factory. In a statement, Foxconn has said they have been instilling “all recommended health and hygiene practices .?.?. including the use of nucleic acid tests and chest X-rays when required.”
During lunch breaks, employees will congregate at the cafeteria but seating is separated by dividers. These dividers are to assist with distancing and to dissuade workers from seeing and talking to one another. Cafeteria seats have been labelled with QR codes for employees to scan when they sit. This will allow Foxconn to track who sits at which table and at what time.
Foxconn employs more than 1 million workers across its many facilities.