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Amazon plans to pilot disinfectant fog at Staten Island warehouse

Amazon plans to pilot disinfectant fog at Staten Island warehouse
Amazon plans to pilot disinfectant fog at Staten Island warehouse

 

  • They have taken the cue from measures adopted by airlines and hospitals to sanitize their facilities.
  • The Staten Island warehouse grabbed headlines after Amazon was reported to have fired an employee on paid quarantine for taking part in the agitation.

Amazon is piloting the use of disinfectant fog at a warehouse on Staten Island in New York, following the agitation at the worksite due to fear over COVID-19 pandemic. The world’s largest online retailer is eyeing to bolster safety cleaning without shutting down facilities paramount to its operations.

Amazon.com is quoted to have said that they have taken the cue from measures adopted by airlines and hospitals to sanitize their facilities. The program comes after the company affirmed that they would come up with temperature checks and make masks for workers.

It is worth noting that the New York warehouse, also known as JFK8 is one of the worksites where groups of Amazon employees have been protesting to demand the closure of the building after a coronavirus case was reported among staff.

At least 80,000 have succumbed to COVID-19 and over 1.4 m, including workers at over 50 Amazon facilities, have been infected as reported by New York Times. New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic with most confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths.

The Staten Island warehouse grabbed headlines after Amazon was reported to have fired an employee on paid quarantine for taking part in the agitation which he was accused of organizing.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has allegedly had a discussion with company executive to resign following the leak of an internal documents, wherein general counsel of Amazon dubbed employees “not articulate or smart.” Given the gravity of the news, the general counsel released a statement claiming that frustration hovering around health risks posed by the employees swayed his decision.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-amazon-com-warehou/amazon-testing-disinfectant-fog-at-new-york-warehouse-after-coronavirus-protests-idUSKBN21P384