Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 8, 2020

The latest government guidelines issued on April 7th by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, include specific sector advice for social distancing in the workplace.

Extract relating to logistics businesses:
Logistics businesses play an important role in ensuring goods can get to where they are needed and that they can continue to operate if they do so in accordance with the social distancing guidelines wherever possible.

Where it is not possible to follow the social distancing guidelines in full in relation to a particular activity, you should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to continue to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between staff.

If a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained, staff should work side by side, or facing away from each other, rather than face to face if possible.

To protect your staff, you should remind colleagues daily to only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.

You should also put up signage and floor markings in the warehouse, encouraging a 2-metre distance from colleagues where it is at all feasible.

In addition, you should regularly encourage staff to wash their hands with soap and water as often as possible and for a minimum of 20 seconds every time. To help with this, you should consider adding additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities, providing soap, water and hand sanitiser.

You should still advise staff to keep 2-metres apart as much as possible.

Full details are available on www.gov.uk, click here to visit government website

Meanwhile, Logistics Consultant Davies Robson has compiled an excellent and detailed guide to warehouse social distancing, with practical ideas to support essential warehouse operations to maintain or recommence some level of activity whilst following Government guidance and WHO recommendations.

see guide to warehouse social distancing>