A message from the MD
Bennett Landscapes – Back to Normal Services Levels
We have been working tirelessly to maintain our services, whilst strictly adhering to Government guidelines, following every step possible to ensure that there is no risk to residents or the general public. The health of our staff and customers is our primary concern and we will not put anyone at risk.
With this in mind on Tuesday 24th March , the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock stated: “I want to be absolutely clear, when people absolutely cannot work from home they can still go to work, indeed it’s important that they do to keep the country running”.
In addition to this the Government has updated their guidelines on Thursday 9th April, clearly stating that it is permissible to have two people in a van, as well as clarifying guidance for onsite working:
‘If workers have to share enclosed spaces such as the cabs of vehicles, they should keep the window open for ventilation and they should be careful to avoid touching their face at all times. On leaving the enclosed space, they should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more or use hand sanitiser when they cannot wash their hands.’
We are now pleased to be able to revert to our normal service levels, back to a 100% visit schedule where possible.
So that we continue to work safely, we have taken a number of actions to ensure our staff are able to work and travel safely and adhere to the social distancing measures.
These actions include:
- Remind colleagues daily to only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.
- Regular washing of hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Advise all staff to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible.
- If a 2-meter distance cannot be maintained, staff should work side by side, or face away from each other, rather than face to face.
- Limiting vehicles to contain the driver only, where possible. Given the guidelines issued on 9th April, we will now permit two people in a van where we have no other choice.
- Employees should keep the windows of enclosed machinery or enclosed spaces open for ventilation and be careful to avoid touching their face at all times. The inside of cabs should be regularly cleaned, particularly between use by different operators.
- Increase the frequency of cleaning procedures, pausing operations in the day if necessary, for staff to wipe down their equipment with disinfectant.
- As much as possible, keep groups of workers working together in teams that are as small as possible (cohorting). For example, you keep vehicle crews working together, rather than mixing crew members on different shifts.
- Stagger start/break/finish times to ensure limited interaction thus reducing risk.
At Bennett Landscapes we are committed to doing our absolute best to provide the best service possible, whilst safeguarding all our staff and customers and the general public.
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