The effects of Covid-19 on Italy were particularly devastating but, while many countries around the world are yet to decide when manufacturing will again commence, Prada have reopened their production in Tuscany. However, it’s anything but business as usual.
Prada Group, the Italian fashion heavyweight, are in the fortunate position to bear the costs of pioneering a benchmark set of policies for a new era in production. Working in partnership with Careggi University Hospital in Florence, they’ve devised strict safety protocols to allow approximately 300 employees to commence work in their leather goods, apparel and footwear departments.
With hygiene safety at the core, Prada have taken every precaution with a comprehensive list of procedures ensuring that the welfare of staff is priority numero uno. These include reduced hours or hours split up over multiple shifts to ensure staggered access and appropriate distancing of two metres between work stations.
Additionally, on arrival, employees will have their temperature taken and provided with personal protective equipment (gloves and masks) to wear for the full duration of their shift. Bottles of sanitising gel are within arm’s reach at all workstations and rooms are sanitised twice daily.
The union with Careggi University Hospital will also extend as far as providing a team of specialist nurses to carry out serological testing, working with blood samples to ensure the good health of all on site. Initial estimates suggest there will be a minimum of 1000 tests per week with a significant rise once production is back to full capacity.
Perhaps a sign of testing times to come, worldwide.