While businesses continue to face upheaval in the backdrop of COVID-19, GRI is poised to meet the challenges of its new working environs by continuing to make safety its utmost priority.
“Safety has always come first in our factory environment. We follow lean principles and occupational safety and health standards are inherently embedded into our working procedures and value systems, therefore we were able to easily and quickly implement the COVID-19 requirements,” stated GRI Senior General Manager Shanaka Gunaratne.
“From the time a person enters the factory until they are off for the day, we work to ensure that proper health and safety measures are followed. We remain committed to make sure that health and safety are a priority above all else during these exigent times,” he stated.
GRI was swift to develop and roll out special COVID-19 operational procedures well ahead of time. As the Sri Lankan government permitted companies with high business potential to continue manufacturing under lockdown, GRI’s key priority was to design and maintain a working environment to keep its employees safe.
Steps were taken to provide staff transport to and from the factory to minimise potential exposure. The production plants were and continue to be sanitised regularly. The management was proactive in conducting regular mock drills to prepare for any situations in addition to other awareness programs, temperature checks and hygiene procedures. Operation and ancillary areas in and around the factories were also re-aligned and adjusted to incorporate social distancing measures and safety. With the assistance of cross-functional teams, digitalisation and work from home measures were implemented wherever possible. “Our standard operating procedures cover a range of risk factors associated with specialty tire production. They are implemented according to international standards and we also work with local authorities to conduct regular audits,” says GRI Executive Director Ananda Caldera, speaking about GRI’s existing safety measures prior to COVID-19. Regular up-skilling is carried out to facilitate career growth of employees and to implement new safety measures. All GRI factories also have in-house medical and treatment facilities.
GRI’s advanced production plants in Sri Lanka manufacture high-performance agriculture, construction and material handling tyres which are sold in over 50 countries around the world. With Sri Lanka easing lockdown measures, it is currently operating at full production and is geared to serve the needs of its global clientele.