HM Government has recently published guidance specifically to help employers and employees in the UK to understand how to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guidance provides a practical framework to plan what to think about in continuing operations.
AM Seafoods key focus is to work safely and support our workers health and wellbeing. Our responsibility is to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. Full risk assessments have been conducted to identify sensible measures to control the risks in our workplace. We understand the risks our workers face and we have done everything reasonably practicable to minimise these risks while recognising that we cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19.
The risk assessments found that all aspects of the site were, in general, found to be good. Housekeeping for a site as complex as ours is good and the Health & Safety Co-Ordinator was conscientious regarding Fire Safety. A further article will follow to explain and show the results of our assessments.
The HM Government report was very helpful and the majority of the guidelines and advisable steps were either in place prior to publication or have been implemented as a result. For example clear guidance has been provided to all employees, inbound/outbound delivery drivers and any visitors on and before arrival with ample signage and visual aids throughout the business.
Social distancing applies to all parts of the business not just where people spend the majority of their time. Our focus has also been on managing staff entrances and exits, canteens and smoking areas. One-way flow systems have been introduced to limit congestion in corridors, with turnstiles and walkways more regulated to maintain social distancing.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is standard use in our work activity to protect against non-COVID-19 risks. We continue to use this PPE and have also as a precautionary measure provided polyester face and head coverings to staff. COVID-19 is a different type of risk to the risks we normally face in the workplace and needs to be managed through social distancing, hygiene and team management not exclusively through the use of PPE. The measures and guidelines that have been provided to us remain the best ways of managing risk in the workplace.
We thank everyone again for adapting and coping to work in these changing circumstances.