We all hope you are surviving the unprecedented times, living and running a business through the covid-19 pandemic. Ab Waste has had confirmation from DEFRA (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the United Kingdom of Great Britain) that the whole of the waste sector is classed as key work.
Waste sector keyed as essential work.
We have been waiting for solid guidance in what was the appropriate action to take with regards to providing skips and waste management options. We now have received this information.
We have since been informed from DEFRA that we should continue with our services following the government guidelines of social distancing, washing hands, wearing the correct PPE and eliminating cash and transfer note transactions.
Control Measure We have Implemented
We have implemented social distancing throughout our transfer station by reducing labourer’s and staggering picking bays. A one in one out system through the office has been put in place and increased communications through walky talkys and phones has worked to control foot trafffic.
We have introduced cleaning stations at key points through the transfer station. Each cleaning station has hand sanitizer, anti bacterial wipes, dust masks and latex gloves.
We have stopped taking cash payments and exchanging paperwork between staff and customers. drivers are completely with out any contact with customers.
We have also started emailing customers advice and guidelines on the correct procedures to load material wearing the correct PPE and not to approach the driver.
The Office workforce are working from home were possible and the few that remain have their own isolated area to work from. Increased cleaning in the canteen and office with social distancing and hand cleaning through the break times are being followed.