While it continues to be “business as usual” at Evo Supplies, the ongoing pandemic does inevitably sometimes impact our production capacity and lead times. With the arrival of so-called “freedom day” on 19th July, alongside the steeply rising infection rate, the likelihood of staff being ‘pinged’ by the app and required to self-isolate is set to increase sharply
As a small business, any staff absence can cause a temporary reduction in our production capacity, and if the entire Production Department are off at the same time, then delays can unfortunately become lengthy. We will continue to remind customers that Covid-related issues may unexpectedly increase the lead time on orders, and will be in touch with regular updates on affected orders, but I would ask for customers’ continued patience and understanding in this extremely difficult situation.
Supply chains for the materials and components we use continue to be disrupted from time to time, owing to ongoing international shipping problems, together with prolonged disruption in the Chinese manufacturing sector caused by local lockdowns, factory labour shortages and persistent supply chain issues. The UK supply of removals blankets remains significantly disrupted by continuing container shipping chaos worldwide .
In our warehouse, workshop and office, we will continue to take every possible precaution to keep both our staff and visitors safe, well beyond 19th July. We have carried out a full risk assessment, installed hand sanitising stations and implemented comprehensive signage and floor markings in all areas. Our current in-house Covid prevention measures are set out below. We are proud that two spot-check inspections by the Health & Safety Executive during the pandemic have confirmed that Evo Supplies is following best practice on every front.
- Hands should be sanitised by everyone on entering or leaving the building, and also washed with soap and hot water frequently throughout the day.
- Social distancing will continue to be observed.
- When two people are working in the same workspace, masks should be worn.
- Single-use masks should be disposed of at the end of each day.
- Wipe the handles of shared tools after use, including wood saw and forklift.
- Minimise sharing of desks, chairs, keyboards or printers, and continue to observe our regular cleaning routines.
- Wash all mugs, crockery and cutlery in hot soapy water after use.
- Launder all work clothing and reusable masks overnight.
- The end-of-day cleaning routine should continue to be followed.
- All staff will take Lateral Flow Covid tests before coming into work on Monday mornings.
- Anyone experiencing possible Covid symptoms must self-isolate at home, take a PCR test and, if positive, follow the current government rules regarding self-isolating and contact tracing.
- If anyone in your household tests positive, or if you are told by the NHS app to self-isolate, the current government rules regarding self-isolating must be followed.
Juliet Dunn, Managing Director, July 2021