For the manufacturing and engineering sector, now is an extremely demanding time as production rates increase to ensure hospitals, pharmacies, supermarkets and more, get the vital supplies they need.
Employers are focusing on preventing the infection by creating cleaner workshops and production facilities. It is vital that both employers and members of staff play a role in preventing the spread of the disease.
Manufacturing and engineering facilities have implemented contingency plans for potential remote working, staggered work shifts and measures to reduce exposure. In these uncertain times, manufacturers and engineers need to focus on upholding crucial operations and have a plan in place if there are unforeseeable delays in deliveries and supplies.
Downing street announced; “Preparing for the spread of the coronavirus outbreak is a national priority and we're calling on the manufacturing industry and all those with relevant expertise who might be able to help to come together to help the country tackle this national crisis.” Prime Minister Boris Johnson has requested manufacturers to look at the production of ventilators, which are profoundly needed. There has never been a more important time for manufacturers and engineers to take the necessary steps to create safe workplaces so that crucial production can continue.
It's great to see how manufacturers and industry experts are using their resources to help others. For example, XYZ Machine Tools is making available, on loan, any machine from its extensive stock of ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes, machining centres and turning centres mills, to boost the fight against Coronavirus. This is available to any company involved in the production of parts for any emergency medical equipment, that will be used to assist the NHS at this critical time.
The following are very simple low-cost actions businesses have introduced to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace:
- Surfaces and equipment to be wiped and disinfected regularly. Especially when workers are operating equipment or machinery in shifts. Surfaces touched by others is one of the main ways the disease spreads.
- Promote regular handwashing and place hand sanitiser in various areas around the workplace so that’s it’s easily accessible.
- Appropriate PPE equipment to be supplied, and employees should be briefed on reporting any symptoms to employers swiftly.
- Ensure PPE is wiped down, left to dry, and stored away correctly.
- Make sure all staff, contractors and any visitors have access to somewhere where they can wash their hands.
- Display posters around the workplace to encourage people to keep on top of hand washing.
- Introduce communication measures such as meetings and briefings to make staff aware of the new regulations.
Many companies have also re-arranged machinery and moved them apart so that workers are following to 2metre distancing rules. Creating clean workspaces helps reduce sickness amongst employees and ensures manufacturers and engineers can continue to meet increased demand.
Coronavirus has caused many industries to temporarily shut down, such as events, retail and hospitality. However, the manufacturing and engineering sector continues to grow, and more than ever, they are looking for temporary and contract workers to support them in delivering crucial supplies and services to keep our economy going.
If you’re looking for new employment or are in a position to recruit, please give Metalis a call on 0114 349 2305 and our expert engineering recruitment consultants will do their best to help fulfil your requirements.