The Japanese group Toyota has decided to relaunch the activities of its production plant based in Onnaing, near Valenciennes. While implementing a protocol of strict sanitary measures.

Toyota has decided to reopen the doors of its production plant located in Onnaing, near Valenciennes, after five weeks of closure linked to the confinement caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19). The Japanese firm became the first car manufacturer to resume its activity in France, following the multitude of site closings observed in France and on the Old Continent.

Gradual recovery

For the occasion, a " detailed review by the Health, Safety and Working Conditions Commission (CSSCT) Was presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) during an extraordinary CSE held on Wednesday April 15, at 5 p.m. On the program: the strict sanitary measures put in place for the restart of the factory. CSE elected officials approved the review by a large majority, the press release said.


A “ soft restart "From April 21 implying" a single day shift for two weeks with flexible schedules ", We learn. " The objective of the first days will be for employees to learn about the sanitary measures put in place, to train themselves in strict compliance with these measures and to get used to this new environment. “, Specifies the document.

Potential improvements to come

And to continue: " Improvements could be made during this recovery period which should allow confidence to be gained in the effectiveness of the protocol implemented " At the beginning, " the start-up team will be made up of a mix of 3 teams and will give everyone the opportunity to take stock of their new environment " A protocol which seems to have convinced the employees: 85% of the contacted employees confirmed their availability.

Source: press release