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Portakabin: simple changes they have made to keep staff safe during coronavirus

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Simon Pollard, Head of Manufacturing & Logistics of Portakabin shares how they put in place safer working practices to help get their business back up and running following the disruption caused by Coronavirus. Find out how you can work safely here.

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Here at Portakabin, with the majority of our office based staff now working remotely, we’re ensuring that all our people, whether here in the factory, in the yards or on customer sites can work safely.

We’re constantly reminding our people that it’s ok to stop and think about how they are going to go about a task to ensure it’s safe to do so, with social distancing in mind.

From a manufacturing perspective we’re actively sacrificing production efficiencies in order to keep our processes safe and our people working safely.

These include:

Our existing five point PPE policy, meaning eyes and hands are already covered.

Encouraging social distancing throughout our sites, and enhanced hygiene.

A visual reminder, via a poster campaign throughout our sites, encouraging employees to stop, think and act and go slower than normal, to ensure the right outcome is safely reached.

Many of our people are used to working in teams, and naturally without thinking ask each other for help. Whilst we don’t want to lose this can do attitude, we are working hard to ensure this doesn’t comprise social distancing protocols.

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  1. Comment by Choudhary Islam posted on

    I have serious concerns about the Covid 19 support to the businesses by the host. Govt has given so called support to the businesses without any homework to whom to support. Rather govt has thrown away public money to the businesses which include retail grocery & wine shops & takeaways & so on. The strategy should have been to assess losses of these businesses & then to support, instead 90% above referred businesses have observed unprecedented sale during this period. Support should have only been given to those whose sales have declined but without considering the factual situation every business has been given this support. Apart from that these businesses have been offered bank loans upto £50,000 on concessionary nominal interest under govt guarantee. Which is totally unjustified. On the other hand self employed with income less than 50% out of business have been excluded from any kind of support or funding in shape of bank loans. If someone is employed & also self employed but with Covid 19 his business income has been affected, then he has to live only on employment income as govt is not supporting through grant or bank loans even though 49% income lost due to lockdown?? I don’t understand such discrimination. Looks like grants have been announced without any analysis. If anyone responsible needs feedback I can provide & expect corrective measures would immediately be initiated to support the affected classes.

  2. Comment by Corky posted on

    The hand sanitiser dispenser should be touchless- poor job Portakabin!

    • Replies to Corky>

      Comment by Steve Hall posted on

      Surely touch less isn't that important when you think about it. You apply the sanitiser and then rub your hands together for 20 seconds. If Covid-19 is on the dispenser then the following cleaning action kills it off anyway.
      The bigger worry is materials handled on site and cross contamination that way. Even gloves can be part of cross contamination, so if anyone gets Covid-19 on their hands/gloves and wipes their eyes, mouth or nose between hand washes then isn't this is the highest risk?

  3. Comment by alexander adam posted on

    I agree with corky the hand sanitizer needs to be touch free if not what's the point


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