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|Adapting Your Workplace|
The Scottish Government's revised guidance sets out all business workplaces that are not being specifically required to close should consider it imperative that they keep open only those premises or parts of premises that are truly critical or essential to the national and international Covid-19 effort.
This guidance has been developed to supplement generic guidance for consumers and food businesses which has been published by Food Standards Scotland and on the Gov.uk website.
Food Standards Scotland: Guidance for Food Business Operators and their Employees
Food Standards Scotland has produced detailed guidance for food business operators and their employees on how to ensure enhanced saefty measures during the COVID-19 crisis. Yoou can download the full guidance from the link below.
View the FSS Guidance (updated 9 April 2020)
Personal Protective Equipment
Increase use of PPE, where possible though we’d remind businesses that there is no further requirement for PPE for your staff, beyond what would normally be required. It is important we don’t add to the national demand for those products, the priority for which needs to be frontline NHS staff.
Health and Safety Executive releases an open letter to the food industry re PPE
The Health and Safety Executive in an open letter has outlined that some workers will have to wear less effective masks, because of shortages of availability due to the coronavirus outbreak. Manufacturers who use fine powder ingredients, including seasonings, flavourings, stabilisers, cocoa and flour, as well as powdered household products, issue staff with face masks as part of their standard health and safety policies.
For example, in bakeries, breathing in flour dust can be a significant risk as it can cause occupational asthma. The Health and Safety Executive also note that suitable control can often be achieved using good working practices and local exhaust ventilation (engineering controls) which then means that employees do not need to wear dust masks; reducing overall pressure on the supply chain.
Best practice and tips from industry on how to maintain social distancing measures in the workplace
The First Minister has advised essential businesses to maintain social distancing measures in the workplace. To support food and drink manufactures in protecting their workforce from Covid19, Scotland Food & Drink, along with ourselves and other partners and member businesses, has pulled together best practice tips being used by members of the food and drink business community.
We understand that this advice may not be relevant for all businesses but we hope that sharing community practice provides support in some way. We will continue to develop and expand these tips as we learn more and will share any official guidance as and when we receive it. If you have created your own guidelines or have come across any helpful resources please share by sending to us at email@example.com
Social distancing measures to help staff maintain a 2-metre distance from each other
Review and revise cleaning schedules
Employee social distancing briefing
Some food and drink businesses have found it helpful to issue a briefing to employees, detailing the measures being taken to maintain social distancing and provide regular updates on company guidance. Click here to download an example.