Like many businesses Maxpack is closely monitoring available information regarding the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. We are doing all we can to protect our staff, our customers, our suppliers and their families whilst continuing to support manufacturers of essential goods throughout the UK with
continued supply of packaging. - Updated 12/5/2020
We are continuing to develop innovative solutions and work with the supply chain to find a way through this situation and any resulting shift in the global economy. Maxpack are on hand to help your business get back to work in the safest and most efficient way possible. Our product range is expanding and adapting, our team is working hard and we’re keeping all communications updated and relevant.
Our customer services team are still available to contact.
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Good practice for employers
It’s good practice for employers to:
- Keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace
- Ensure members of staff who are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, as well as individuals whom they live with, are supported as they follow the recommendations set out in guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively
- Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
- Make sure managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on any relevant processes, for example sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace is potentially infected and needs to take the appropriate action
- Make sure there are places to wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, and encourage everyone to do so regularly
- Provide hand sanitiser and tissues for staff, and encourage them to use them
Preparing Your Work Place – WHO
Social distancing in the workplace - Principles
Social distancing involves reducing day-to-day contact with other people as much as possible, in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Businesses and workplaces should make every possible effort to enable working from home as a first option. Where working from home is not possible, workplaces should make every effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government
If you cannot work from home then you can still travel to work, but are advised to avoid using public transport (if this cannot be avoided face masks/coverings are being advised for use). This is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer for England’s advice.
The advice on social distancing measures applies to everyone and should be followed wherever possible. Workplaces need to avoid crowding and minimise opportunities for the virus to spread by maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres (3 steps) between individuals wherever possible. This advice applies both to inside the workplace, and to where staff may need to interact with customers. Staff should be reminded to wash their hands regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds and particularly after blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing. Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitiser should be used. Workers should cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue in a bin and immediately wash their hands.
The practical implementation of this advice will depend on the local circumstances.
A few general indicators will be relevant to the majority of business settings – Employers should start doing these things now, even if COVID-19 has not arrived in the communities where they operate:
- Make regular announcements to remind staff and/or customers to follow social distancing advice and wash their hands regularly
- Encourage the use of digital and remote transfers of material where possible rather than paper format, such as using e-forms, emails and e-banking
- Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic
- Provide additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities if possible, providing soap, water, hand sanitiser and tissues and encourage staff to use them
- Surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly
- Where it is possible to remain 2 metres apart, use floor markings to mark the distance, particularly in the most crowded areas (for example, where queues form)
- Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full in relation to a particular activity, businesses should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate. Potential mitigating actions are set out in these illustrative industry examples.
- Where face-to-face contact is essential, this should be kept to 15 minutes or less wherever possible
- Ensure that face masks (Ordinary Surgical Masks rather than N95) and/or paper tissues are available at your workplaces, for those who develop a runny nose or cough at work, along with closed bins for hygienically disposing of them
- As much as possible, keep teams of workers together (cohorting), and keep teams as small as possible
Additionally, for customer-facing businesses:
- Use signage to direct movement into lanes, if feasible, while maintaining a 2 metre distance
- Regulate entry so that the premises do not become overcrowded
- Use additional signage to ask customers not to enter the premises if they have symptoms
- If feasible, place plexiglass barriers at points of regular interaction as an additional element of protection for workers and customers (where customers might touch or lean against these, ensure they are cleaned and disinfected as often as is feasible in line with standard cleaning procedures)
See further information on social distancing and adults who are at increased risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As businesses will be resuming operations, it's important that they prepare workplaces to operate in a safe and hygienic manner. We are here to help businesses, and are working hard to ensure we can offer that help in as many ways as possible.
Keeping you safe
At Maxpack, we can help you keep your staff safe and ensure your workplace is prepared. We have worked with our team to produce and supply essential items such as hand-sanitiser, PPE face masks, visors, floor markings and gloves. We have a good supply of items and reliable deliveries.
Get in contact with a member of our team today to discuss how we can help and advise you for safe work practices.
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