Making Your Workplace Hygienic for Covid-19

workplace hygiene

With restrictions on covid-19 easing, non-essential workers and stores are expected to re-open on 4th July 2020.

However, with the threat of coronavirus and a second wave very much in the background, every place of interest will require formal procedures to maintain cleanliness and prevent further spreading of the toxic virus.

We speak to hygiene specialists, Trovex to get an insight into how to make a workplace or commercial building more hygienic.

Keeping a cleaning schedule

Banks, supermarkets and other high traffic areas will always have cleaning schedules – but it may be more important than ever to monitor them.

In fact, it could be worth making extra cleaning schedules and bringing in cleaners more frequently to reduce the risk of any disease spreading.

If you do not have back-up cleaners, this might be an important time to have second choice or third choice cleaners available on standby, in case you existing cleaners are not available. If you have customers or pupils coming into your office, store or school every day, you need to make sure the environment is attended to more regularly or ideally, on a daily basis.

Put hygiene first

Hygiene needs to become part of the company’s everyday culture and something that every member of new and existing staff needs to be trained in and be monitored for.

This could involve putting someone in charge of hygiene or greeting customers at the front of the store and making the best practices clear such as wearing gloves, masks or sanitising hands before entry.

Any additional signs, protective screens and clothing for staff members would be welcomed to limit the spread.

Staff members that are facing the general public (stores, hairdressers) should be wearing gloves and masks as a standard.

You should also encourage social distancing in the workplace and also check the health of any staff members on a daily basis. Hay fever can often be misinterpreted as a cold or flu, but if symptoms seem more drastic, you should be checking the temperature of your staff and asking them to stay home until further notice.

Hand sanitiser should be available at every corner and making sure that this is stocked up and not empty. For hospitals and clinics, it is common to have hand wash stations and hand sanitiser at the entrance of every room – and putting up signs to encourage this.

If the culture of hygiene is instilled into staff members and daily procedures, you are on track to creating a clean environment.

Stay on top of your supplies

To keep your buildings and workplace clean will require having all the right amounts of cleaning products including sprays, hand gels and liquids – and these will quickly become scarce amongst the large purchases from panic buyers.

Make sure that you can stay on top of your supplies and you can do this by checking with your suppliers and always looking for alternatives. It may be worth being slightly overstocked, just in case these products become hard to get hold of.

Maximise ventilation

You can design the layout of your store or office to maximise air flow and ventilation. If you have windows or doors, keep them wide open, which shouldn’t be too hard in the British summer.

In crowded office spaces in London, you should try increase ventilation where possible since any small and claustrophobic rooms are going to be a hotbed for germs. If someone infected coughs or sneezes, it will have less of a chance to escape.
If you run a food business or offer services, try provide them outside if you can or at least avoid lots of people coming into your premises if they do not have to.

The Employee Benefits Schemes in 2020 that are Supporting Mental Health

Employee benefits have been a vital component for managers and HR practitioners to incentivise and retain staff. In 2020, employee benefits are standard with any employee contract, part-time or full-time.

Whilst accessing discounts and perks was something that was adopted early by companies, 2020 has seen real momentum gather for those employee benefits and companies that support mental health and wellbeing, as highlighted by some of these products, companies and start-ups below.

Equipsme

Insuretech start-up Equipsme offer an affordable health insurance policy for small and large businesses. Whatever the size of the business, companies can insure staff with plans from as little as £7 per month per person.

With a basic policy, customers can get 24/7 GP access, online health checks, nurse support and 3 physio sessions as standard with the option to upgrade to stress support for as little as £1.50 per person per month, optical and dental cover for £7.50 per person per month too.

Earlier this month, Equipsme announced a partnership with Starling Bank, becoming the preferred health insurance partner for their customers.

Sweaty Betty

The popular active-wear brand strongly promotes a healthy mind and body and promotes keeping stress in the workplace to a minimum.

Each week, Sweaty Betty employees have the chance to join lunchtime yoga classes to help them relax. There is also the chance to join running clubs and start later in the day if they so wish, all with the aim of helping with stress management.

YuLife

YuLife is an insuretech startup which offers life insurance for businesses and their employees, with a huge focus on wellbeing and mental health.

Companies who take up yulife insurance policies can reward their employees through earning YuCoin.

YuCoin is earned by engaging in a healthy lifestyle, tracked by staff in a daily app and rewards activities such as yoga, meditation and walking or running a mile.

By accumulating YuCoin online, staff can then redeem these for real life rewards at shops, restaurants, and much more, already partnered with brands such as ASOS, Amazon and Nike.

Yulife have also developed partners with the likes of Farewill to offer a free will writing service to customers and AIG to offer virtual GPs on demand.

Innocent Smoothies

Delicious Innocent Smoothies are known for providing a range of employee benefits that puts the needs of its staff first. This is particularly the case when it comes to mental health as the smoothie firm aims to reduce work stresses through the inclusion of a free gym and breakfast to all staff.

The brand also provides a yoga club to its employees and a 100% confidential 24-hour employee assistance programme – so they can talk to someone privately about any issues they have.

Ernst & Young (EY)Ernst & Young have placed a huge emphasis on mental health in its organisation, providing not only private healthcare, but also free online health assessments and counselling that can be used by staff members and their families. It is completely confidential and available for 24-hours.

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Announces Executive Leadership Succession

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation announced that its Board of Directors approved an executive leadership succession following a deliberate, multi-year succession planning process.

Jack A. Hockema, who has served as Kaiser Aluminum’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2006, will transition from his position as Chief Executive Officer effective as of July 31, 2020. Keith A. Harvey, a 40-year Kaiser veteran who has served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since December 2015, will succeed Mr. Hockema as President and Chief Executive Officer and will become a member of the Company’s Board of Directors at that time. Mr. Hockema will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors as Executive Chairman, providing the benefit of his experience and leadership to enable a smooth and successful transition.

“Keith has had an integral role in driving our strategy and growth over the years and, as President and Chief Operating Officer, he has played an important leadership role at Kaiser Aluminum, building a strong operational and commercial team and creating a multi-disciplined leadership development program to ensure consistency of our culture and strategic direction. Keith is well respected within the organization, and I am confident in his ability to lead the Company,” said Mr. Hockema.

Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., Kaiser Aluminum’s Lead Independent Director, added, “Kaiser Aluminum has become a highly differentiated, well-respected leader in our industry under Jack’s leadership during the past 20 years and we believe is well positioned for the future. The Board of Directors unanimously elected Keith to be the next Chief Executive Officer, and we look forward to continuing to deliver value to our customers, shareholders and communities under his leadership for years to come.” 

Mr. Harvey joined the Company in 1981 as an industrial engineer at the Company’s former rolling mill in West Virginia. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and sales at several Kaiser Aluminum locations before being named Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Aerospace and General Engineering in 2012 and Executive Vice President – Fabricated Products in 2014. He assumed his current position as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Mr. Harvey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation, headquartered in Foothill Ranch, Calif., is a leading producer of semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products, serving customers worldwide with highly engineered solutions for aerospace and high-strength, general engineering, and custom automotive and industrial applications. The Company’s North American facilities produce value-added sheet, plate, extrusions, rod, bar, tube and wire products, adhering to traditions of quality, innovation and service that have been key components of its culture since the Company was founded in 1946. The Company’s stock is included in the Russell 2000® index and the S&P Small Cap 600® index.

For more information, please visit the Company’s web site at www.kaiseraluminum.com

Managing a safe return to work – six measures every employer should be ready to adopt

With organisations preparing for more staff returning to their places of work over the coming weeks, many questions have been raised about how to make offices, shops, factories and construction sites safer from the threat of an invisible virus.

“Unsurprisingly, we have seen a surge of enquiries and demand from employers regarding what measures they need to take to both ensure their staff’s safety, and also to comply with government guidelines,” said David Wormald, a director of Europe’s leading security and safety specialist, VPS UK.

“Our Covid-19 response team has developed a system targeted at employers to help support them manage the return to work with a solution comprising six practical steps.”

1. Property Inspections – Know what the problem is before you prepare to tackle it. Use the expertise of inspectors to check and evaluate your sites; their eye for detail will identify requirements and make sure the workplaces are compliant and free from defects; request a full checklist report, with high-definition evidential imagery.

2. Deploy a specialist disinfection cleaning service – Help alleviate employees’ fear and anxiety of infection upon returning to work, with a disinfection misting service. This fills areas with fine mist of disinfecting particles, leaving an anti-viral residue for up to seven days. It is suitable for areas containing electronics found in offices, call centers, and vehicles, and typically takes about two hours per office with the room ready to use in 10 minutes.

3. Social distancing signage and screens – Install social distancing signage that shows required direction of travel, distancing and queue locations, especially around places where staff might gather, like coffee machines and kitchen areas. Perspex screens can also be fitted to create barriers between desks, at point of sale and reception sites.

4. Body temperature detectors – Installing a body temperature measurement system will not only help keep staff safe, but will provide a significant reassurance to them that the management of the return to work has been handled with their safety as a top priority. This uses the latest in thermal camera technology paired with AI-enabled monitoring, for fully contact-less, accurate and fast fever detection which can be integrated into a wide array of sites. Cameras can be mounted on walls, ceilings or tripods, to make them extremely easy to install and able to be deployed rapidly.

5. Safe and secure access for all staff – Revised business operations may mean you need to close sites, which could require additional security, lock changes or goods moved to another location. Use Bluetooth smart doors and other remote access solutions that allow entry for authorised personnel only, to support business continuity, and also lone worker monitoring to help support their safety as well as social distancing protocols.

6. Compliance Inspections – do not just rely on a one-off inspection and installation of products and services. Carry out weekly inspections, including photographic records, to help ensure social distancing measures are being adhered to on site. Using specialist software, trained inspectors can upload these reports in real time to be instantly accessible.

https://www.vpsgroup.com/

2020 Oil & Gas Awards press release

 

Corporate Vision Unveils the 2020 Oil & Gas Awards Winners

 

United Kingdom, 2020-Corporate Vision Magazine announces the winners of the 2020 Oil and Gas Awards.

 

The Oil and Gas industries are experiencing a period of great innovation on the back of a greater need to meet the ever-changing demands of the market. In many ways, change defines these industries, driven by a need to reimagine its colossal status on the energy sector in a world that seems intent to move forwards relentlessly. Disruption – so often a buzz word in other industries – is taking a firm grasp on oil and gas as it looks to the future. To see how it can develop further.

 

Above all else, Corporate Vision celebrates innovation and change. Celebrates development and progress. Where others might consider the oil and gas industries as relics of a bygone era, we celebrate those that look set to secure its future. This programme was launched to recognise those that are driving change and disruption, whether that be in designing the next generation of equipment or revolutionary protective gear.

 

Awards Co-ordinator Chloe Smart took a moment to comment on the success of those recognised. “I offer a sincere congratulations to all winners, and hope you have a thriving future ahead of you.”

 

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit https://www.cv-magazine.com/ where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

 

ENDS

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About Corporate Vision Magazine

 

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

63% of UK SMEs concerned about workplace safety as teams return

A poll by Vistage, a world leading business performance and leadership advancement organisation for small and midsize businesses, has revealed that 63.2% of UK business leaders are most worried about the safety of their workforce as economic activities resume following weeks of lockdown. 

The latest Vistage poll came
after the UK government last week issued new guidance for businesses about
reopening as the COVID-19 lockdown begins to gradually ease. New directions
include social distancing in workplaces and the wearing of face masks in
enclosed places, such as offices and shops. However, in spite of these
measures, the majority of UK SMBs still remain concerned.

In addition to this, the poll
found: 

  • A fifth (20%) of business leaders are concerned by the prospect of a slow recovery
  • 7.3% of respondents fear the end of the government-backed furlough scheme and what that could mean for their ability to retain their workforce levels
  • Just one in ten (9.4%) have no concerns 

Geoff Lawrence, Managing Director
at Vistage UK, said: “While many UK small- and medium-sized businesses welcome
the new government guidelines, it is also clear that companies are at different
stages of readiness to reopen. It is, therefore, no surprise that leaders and
senior executives are concerned about bringing their staff back to work without
adequate protection and procedures in place. 

“At Vistage, we are advising
business members to carry out a risk assessment to address specific concerns
relating to the transmission of the disease between staff and put in place
processes to limit those risks. Additionally, leaders should familiarise
themselves with the government’s guidelines on maintaining social distancing
and instances where there may be exceptions.”

Vistage is an executive coaching and leadership development
organisation where business leaders enhance their leadership skills and solve
their most important business challenges. Members meet with their peers in
group meetings, facilitated by accomplished, executive-level coaches, to help solve
their most complex issues. They receive additional perspectives from expert
speakers and a global membership community.

For more information, visit www.vistage.co.uk.

Intellectual Property in the Age of Industry 4.0

The growth of the digital era and industry 4.0 have fuelled the growth of intangible rather than physical assets, with intellectual property (IP) representing one of the largest asset classes that a company can hold and can include patents, trademarks, brands, databases, software and trade secrets.

James Turner, Director at Company Formation Specialists, Turner Little takes us through the details of why it is important to protect these assets, and how we can do so.

“IP is important, but rarely accounted for, because we most often equate value with money. It’s not always easy to evaluate its financial worth, but it’s important to create a plan to protect it. From a commercial standpoint, IP needs to be protected in order for companies to maintain their unique market position, but it can also have financial benefits – as it can be used as collateral for loans or company valuation in the event of a merger or acquisition.

“As industry 4.0 takes hold, we expect there to be a sharp increase in concerns surrounding the protection and ownership of IP rights. Designing the right business structure is an important consideration when protecting a company’s IP from theft, misappropriation, infringement or even potential creditors. For example, companies can limit liability through the use of holding and operating companies, which enables owners to centralise the company’s assets. Offshore companies can also be leveraged in the creation of these structures and can offer additional flexibility. 

“That’s where we come in. At Turner Little, we specialise in creating bespoke solutions and structures for individuals and businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a small business owner or own a large plc, it’s important to ensure that your IP is secure, so you can focus on building a successful business.”

www.turnerlittle.com