UKWA Statement on Coronavirus – COVID-19

March 3, 2020

UKWA is aware of the concerns around the rapid spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. Accordingly, the association has been monitoring advice from the Government COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses to support its members in protecting their businesses and their employees.

Current government advice is that the risk to the public in the UK remains moderate and the risk to employees of contracting COVID-19 at their place of work in the UK is very low. Specifically, in the warehousing and logistics sector, there is no perceived increase in risk from handling freight from affected areas, although clearly employees should continue to follow existing risk assessments and safe systems at work.

UKWA’s key message to members is there is no need for panic, but to follow these steps:

  • Familiarise yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Follow Government advice for prevention of spreading infection, including COVID-19
  • Check Government guidelines for dealing with employee exposure to COVID-19
  • Ensure your business continuity insurance cover is in place and provides adequate protection against potential disruption resulting from either the spread of COVID-19 or measures that may be put in place to contain the virus

To follow steps 1-3, visit www.gov.uk and to obtain further advice about effective business continuity cover for those operating in the warehousing and logistics industry, contact UKWA on tel: 0207 636 8856, e: enquiries@ukwa.org.uk or visit our website here