What can manufacturers do if faced with a coronavirus outbreak in the Factory?
COVID-19: What can manufacturers do if faced with a coronavirus outbreak in the Factory?
- Tell staff there’s a possibility the workplace could close
- Update any policies or procedures (eg sickness absence, dependent care leave, flexible or home working), which may be affected by an outbreak of coronavirus such as the requirement to obtain a fit note from a doctor
- Contact The Public Health Agency immediately
- Contact a hazmat company to clean and disinfect the workplace
- Inform other employees of potential signs and symptoms
- Appoint one person to communicate to employees
- Use multiple communication channels, from digital communications to physical handouts
- Restate the sick leave policy and encourage employees to take time off if they start showing coronavirus-like symptoms
- Consider creating a special policy to tackle the situation as a precautionary measure
- Introduce a business continuity plan that incorporates flexible working
- Allow employees to work from home. If individuals have only worked in office settings then managers need to communicate their expectations for remote workers e.g. establishing how they want to communicate, if there are organised times they want to communicate and what they expect each day
- Schedule weekly meetings in efforts to include remote workers so that employees feel involved
- Explore salary reduction or unpaid leave as an alternative to termination of employment, where business has slowed down working arrangements wherever possible
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