Entering the SEAT production plant at Martorell is like going into a small city of some 20,000 inhabitants, who drive from workshop to workshop because of its size. This specific city even has its own fire department, security system and Medical Centre.
“Here we really do work 24 hours a day, dealing with some 20,000 people including internal and external personnel”, says Sonia Lázaro, a nurse at the SEAT Medical Centre. It is seven o’clock in the morning and the centre is already buzzing with activity: it is the time of day for medical check-ups for company workers. “We may have as many as 80 check-ups a day”, adds Sonia. “We do analyses, spirometry, vision and hearing tests, electrocardiograms”, mentioning just some of the different tests carried out.
The Medical Centre has a team of doctors specialising in occupational health, as well as nurses who not only deal with the check-ups but also provide other services and are prepared for any emergency. In the event of an urgent call, “a doctor and a nurse take an ambulance to the location and carry out an initial assessment”, says Sonia. Depending on the seriousness of the case, the worker is transferred either to the Medical Centre or the nearest hospital.
Because of the specific nature of some job positions at SEAT, especially in the different workshops of the production plant, a major part of the Medical Centre’s work focuses on seeing “if an employee has a certain condition or impediment incompatible with the work they carry out, and in that case we try to relocate them”, says Sonia.
Sonia defines her typical day as dynamic and very varied. After seven years of working at SEAT, what she most values is being able “look after the workers of a very large company”, meaning that each of the professionals at the Medical Centre “has a tremendous responsibility for each and every action taken”, she concludes.