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Employers share experience of implementing Covid-19 workplace measures

22 May 2020

The Business Gateway Growth Hub has led a webinar featuring local employers speaking about how big business ideas can apply to small businesses when it comes to restarting and beginning to trade again.

Over 90 delegates registered for the webinar that featured presentations and a short Q&A panel session. The webinar provided an insight into how some of Leicester and Leicestershire’s larger businesses have coped with implementing the new working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance, issued by government on 11 May.

Samworth Brothers, Dunelm Group and PPL PRS were happy to share their experiences to aid other smaller businesses that are planning to re-open, particularly in terms of practical advice, ideas and solutions.

Chris McHugh is Manufacturing General Manager at Dunelm. He said: “We already have very robust health and safety measures in place however this has been taken to another level with the Covid-19 guidelines, to ensure we keep all our workers safe.

“Our measures, which will be the same at many other manufacturing businesses, cover three core areas strict compliance of the 2 Meter Rule, Hand washing and cleaning protocols and were necessary the use of PPE.

“We have added visual social distancing markers across all areas at our sites, created one-way systems, opened hand washing facilities at the entrance to our building and introduced sanitising procedures were people are working or taking breaks.

“It has been essential to communicate openly and encourage dialogue about the safety measures so that everyone feels reassured and confident that coming to work does not put them at any unnecessary risk.”

The employers were joined by Michael Ellerby, Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and Director at LRB Consulting. Michael emphasised the importance of planning before anyone returns to the workplace and went through a Covid-19 Secure five step plan for safer working that business owners should sign off before allowing workers back into the workplace.

John Egley, Growth Hub Manager, added: “I am very pleased that so many businesses across a wide range of sectors were able to join the webinar and benefit from the presentations.

“There is clearly a need for businesses to learn best practise from each other and access expert advice, so we are now working on some more webinars that will be sector specific. For some sectors the guidance is not so clear cut and as we approach the time when more business to consumer businesses can open, we want to offer as much support as possible to enable them to do so safely.

“In the meantime, any business that is seeking support and advice right now, is encouraged to contact the Business Gateway Growth Hub, and one of our friendly advisers will be happy to assist.”

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