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Deco-Pak and Covid-19
Deco-Pak has made significant changes to its operations in order to protect staff and customers from the risk of Covid-19. We remain open for business and committed to meeting the requirements of our valued retail partners, recognising that responsible manufacturing combined with effective social distancing policies lies at the heart of protecting jobs and keeping the economy alive during these challenging times.
The safety of our teams is of the upmost importance, so Deco-Pak is closely following government advice and operating reduced shift numbers to protect employees, combined with a policy that ensures all staff observe social distancing throughout the business. We have also implemented enhanced cleaning and hygiene procedures across the company to keep our teams safe.
Deco-Pak remains committed to helping local communities and we will be delivering complimentary product to schools that remain open for key workers’ children, and two local hospices, to assist with their vital work of caring for youngsters during this difficult time.
To ensure that all retail stockists can obtain stock from Deco-Pak, we have introduced a drop ship service for customers, supported by the safety and convenience of contactless collection. This is enabling retail outlets to remain supplied with essential products – especially DIY materials that are in strong demand for home gardening projects during lockdown – while ensuring that all safety guidelines relating to Covid-19 are strictly adhered to.
As a family-owned business, Deco-Pak would like to thank customers old and new for their support during these unprecedented times. We remain confident that the UK garden industry is well-positioned to grow again once the pandemic subsides, and we look forward to continuing to play a vital role in this dynamic and innovative sector of the economy.
Policy on controlling the risks of infectious diseases in the workplace
(Coronavirus – Corvid-19)
All employees may be at risk of infection, or of spreading infection, especially if their role brings them into contact with blood or bodily fluids like urine, faeces, vomit or sputum. Such substances may contain micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses which can be spread if staff do not take adequate precautions. Also, at risk of spreading infection are those involved in food preparation and handling. It is therefore important that strict hygiene precautions are observed.
Our rules on controlling the risks of infectious diseases must always be followed. However, there may be times when it is more important than ever that they are strictly followed, for example, during the outbreak of a disease such as the Coronavirus.
In order to restrict and reduce the risk of infection in the workplace, Dec-Pak Ltd will:
•have systems in place that assess the risk of and prevent, detect and control the risk of infection
•designate a lead for infection prevention and control
•ensure sufficient resources are available to secure effective prevention and control of infection
•ensure employees, contractors and other persons who directly or indirectly provide work are provided with suitable information, instruction, training, PPE and supervision in the precautions to follow
•information is obtained from and shared with other businesses
•audits are carried out to ensure policies and procedures are being implemented
•a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out with respect to prevention and control of infection
•ensure an appropriate standard of cleanliness and hygiene is maintained throughout the premises and that the premises are maintained in good physical repair and condition
•ensure appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained in relation to equipment
•ensure that a suitable cleaning schedule is in place and followed
•ensure there is suitable and sufficient hand washing facilities and antimicrobial hand rubs where appropriate
•ensure suitable information on infections is provided to visitors, including the importance of hand washing by visitor
•ensure information regarding infection is passed on to any other person, as necessary
•ensure individuals who develop an infection are identified promptly and that they receive the appropriate treatment and car
•inform the local health protection unit of any outbreaks or serious incidents relating to infection
•ensure all staff co-operate with our control of infection procedures
•provide regular suitable training, including induction training to all staff on the prevention and control of infection
•keep a record of all training and updates to staff
•ensure prevention and control of infection responsibilities are outlined in employees in job descriptions
•stagger start and finish times so that fewer people are together at once
•cancel non-essential overseas travel to affected areas across the world
•cancel non-essential training sessions
•deal with clients/customers by phone and email
•if face to face meetings must take place, ensure that facilities are suitable to minimise the spread of infection e.g allowing a distance of more than two metres, where possible between participants
•consider whether employees can work from home
•where applicable offer appropriate vaccines to employees and keep a record of relevant immunisations
•ensure the following policies are in place and kept up to date
Dec-Pak Ltd will apply the below infection outbreak procedure to control the risk of infectious diseases in the workplace:
•strongly recommend that employees follow any Government guidance published on self- isolation/quarantine
•encourage staff to report symptoms of infectious diseases
•For Covid -19, follow the government’s guidance on staying at home and self- isolation, ensure staff who have infectious disease symptoms do not come to work and, in the case of diarrhea and vomiting, they stay away for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped
•where required, ensure notifiable outbreaks are reported to the relevant authority e.g HSE
•co-operate with any investigation by a relevant authority and comply with any investigation findings
•keep the number of employees dealing with affected persons to a minimum and do not allow these employees to be involved with food handling
•prioritise cleaning, paying particular attention to the cleaning and disinfecting of toilets, handles, support handrails, taps and wash basins
•ensure staff pay strict attention to infection control procedures, in particular to the washing of hands and the wearing of protective clothing if required
•provide and use antibacterial hand wash in all hand washing areas and in the rooms of outbreak
•inform visitors of the outbreak and discourage unnecessary visits
•receive external advice, if necessary.