Tesla’s Return to Work Playbook: Guidance in the Face of Law Violation

Despite reports of Tesla CEO Elon Musk disobeying government orders to reopen his car factories, the famous vehicle manufacturer has released a Return to Work Playbook.

Elon Musk, CEO of famous vehicle manufacturer Tesla, has gotten some media coverage as of late, and not necessarily for supportive reasons. Musk has reopened a Tesla factory despite local laws and regulations. Nonetheless, Tesla has published its own Return to Work Playbook.

The Playbook outlines how the company will safely and carefully reopen in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It cites larger health organizations and their recommendations, including the CDC and EHS.

It claims that “Tesla strives to provide each employee with a safe and healthy work environment.” However, many are not sure the factory’s reopening is truly in the best interest of its employees’ health—especially given that it disobeys federal guidelines.

The Playbook lists the following steps it is taking to ensure the safety of its employees:

  • increased cleaning at the site
  • providing disinfectant and sanitizer wherever possible
  • enforcing social distancing
  • enforcing temperature checks or other symptoms screening
  • adjusting work shifts
  • implementing company-wide procedures for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • reduced shuttle occupancy to 50 percent of lower
  • providing PPE to workers
  • implemented “touchless” surfaces
  • suspended visitors and tours in most locations

It includes a readiness checklist and other COVID-response tips for the facilities. Still, it asks employees to take responsibility for their own risks, including reporting symptoms and minimizing close contact with others.

With as many as 50 percent of those with the virus suspected of being asymptomatic, some worry these measures just won’t cut it, and that it’s too early to reopen.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Everything You Need to Know about Incident investigations

    Need some tips for conducting an incident investigation at work after there’s been an occupational injury or illness, or maybe even a near miss? This guide presents a comprehensive overview of methods of performing incident investigations to lead you through your next steps.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark CP

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2020

    October 2020


      EHS Compliance: Make it Personal
      Choosing the Right Safety Shoe for Your Industry
      A Requirements Checklists for Work Safety Gloves
      Contemporary Issues in HSE Management
    View This Issue