enter a critical phase in the anticipated spread of COVID-19, I wanted to take
the opportunity to share the steps we are taking here at MRM to protect the
health and safety of our employees and to minimise potential impact on
‘business as usual’ operation.
asked staff to notify us if, in the course of taking leave, they have visited
or plan to visit regions designated as high risk. No staff have indicated their
past or future travel plans incorporate high risk regions.
none of our staff have self-isolated. We have advised that we would require
certification of the need to do so via reference to ‘111’ or GP’s. We have secured further VPN access in the
event that staff may be forced to work from home.
position on sick pay and contracts is quite clear. We have no zero hours
contracts and have never worked in this way. Our sick pay terms are very
generous and significantly above statutory levels.
Support Services department is in constant contact with sub-contractors where
appropriate, to ensure we are advised on their policies in managing health and
safety risk. Whilst we have yet to implement any ban on hand contact between
employees and site visitors or suppliers, we are happy to respect those
organisations who have made such provisions.
our monthly Management Group and weekly Executive Team meetings, we have been
able to brief all department heads and team leaders on the actions we are
taking. We have ensured that all contact details for staff are up to date. We
are undertaking twice daily cleaning of communal areas, including door handles
and push plates. Staff have been made aware of the symptoms of coronavirus and
how to spot them. Three varieties of notice have been produced and displayed in
all kitchen & washroom areas, giving explicit instruction on hand washing
and the disposal of paper tissues. Hand sanitisers and wipes are available for
individuals to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their own work
stations and associated equipment.
With regard to goods receipt
from overseas, we have followed government advice to date that states ‘Staff
should continue to follow existing risk assessments and safe systems of work.
There is no perceived increase in risk for handling baggage, post or freight
from specified countries.’
The situation is of course
developing and changing by the day. Please be assured that we will remain
vigilant with regard to how working practice may need to be amended moving
forward. Should you have any questions about our approach to how we are
managing your business, please do not hesitate to contact your account team or
Marc Rigby - Managing Director