Jabil, one of the world’s largest contract manufacturers, is closely monitoring COVID-19 outbreak developments. As the situation continues to evolve, the company said that its priority — in all of its 100+ locations around the world — is the health and safety of its employees. Jabil teams are doing everything in their power to help ensure all employees remain healthy and safe, while continuing to deliver for its customers to the best of its ability.
The health and safety procedures implemented by Jabil locations around the world include:
• enhanced building sanitation protocols
• daily health and temperature screenings for everyone entering corporate facilities
• social distancing protocols and tools
• increasing personal hygiene requirements and tools, like hand sanitization stations
• limiting access to sites, which includes having employees whose work is not building-dependent work from home
• sharing educational materials aimed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
The company said its sites around the world are following, and will continue to follow, all protocols from their local government and health officials.
“Jabil takes its responsibility to our employees very seriously, and we are diligently working to do our part during this very challenging time to help keep our employees healthy and safe,” the company said.
Jabil’s manufacturing solutions are in critical demand
As communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sudden global demand for a broad spectrum of products has caused acute shortages. Many of these products are needed by healthcare providers with ever-intensifying urgency.
Jabil Healthcare is working to help its customers quickly scale production for medical and surgical devices, diagnostic equipment and consumables, and pharmaceutical delivery systems needed to evaluate, diagnose, monitor and treat infected patients, as well as protect health care workers. Many of the company’s facilities are dedicated to these urgent needs.
Jabil Healthcare also helps customers with a myriad of other healthcare-related products and services, such as additive manufacturing/3D printing and device sterilization and reprocessing services. As hospital and medical provider resources become constrained, it is crucial to its customers that the company continue to manufacture and provide these critical services without interruption.
Technology is playing a critical role in allowing for remote working. For example, Jabil CLOUD provides global enterprise businesses with the necessary infrastructure to meet today’s challenging demand for network traffic.
Additionally, Jabil Packaging Solutions provides essential consumer goods packaging and packaging for food products, all of which have experienced increased demand. It is important for these products to continue to be produced without interruption as well.
In order to support customers, Jabil is working with multiple governments and governmental agencies in many of the regions in which it operates to help convert manufacturing capacity to products deemed critical or essential to infrastructure, health and safety. The company said it is committed to supporting these areas with its manufacturing solutions and doing so with the care and safety of its employees as a top priority.
Jabil was forced to confront the issue of how to control the spread of COVID-19 and protect its employees in January, when the pandemic originally broke in China. Jabil’s leadership team immediately sprang into action, establishing measures that included hygiene protocols, temperature screenings and sanitation stations, as well as restricting plant access to essential-to-manufacturing employees, banning travel and site visitors and enabling people to work from home to minimize the spread and impact of the virus.
This initial response — while resulting in a direct cost of $53 million — was effective, enabling many of the company’s Chinese factories to successfully recover to almost full capacity, while protecting employees. This approach to the initial outbreak of COVID-19 proved to be a valuable experience as the crisis escalates. Jabil said it has applied these lessons and processes to its sites globally, and the company continues to enhance its efforts as the situation evolves.
“We will continue monitoring the situation at all of our sites, diligently working to give all our employees the tools and resources they need to stay healthy, minimize risk, reduce spread and — above all — ensure that each employee is home safely every night,” the company said.
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