COVID-19 Secure Workplace: Our approach to risk
At Allied Bakeries, we recognise that we have both a legal and
moral duty to protect the safety and wellbeing of our employees
from the risk posed by the transmission of COVID-19 in our
Many of our employees have key worker status and our bakeries
have remained open and fully operational throughout the course of
We believe that thorough risk assessment underpins effective
risk management and that we have identified and put in place
controls that serve to mitigate risk as far as is reasonably
As part of that risk assessment we have closely followed the
'COVID-19 Secure Workplace' advice given by the UK Government and
Public Health England and have introduced some new measures and
updated existing controls where appropriate.
We have used hierarchy of control principles to make sure that
the most effective measures have been put in place,
General Risk Management
Our offices have been closed and all employees who are able to
work from home are doing so. Clear advice has been issued on
homeworking and support provided where additional equipment is
needed. We have provided support through regular communications
covering business updates, advice on mental and emotional wellbeing
and online social activities.
We have fully restricted access to our sites. Only those
contractors and visitors who are essential to ensure the safe
running of our business have been admitted when needed. Those who
do need to come onto site are screened for symptoms using a
All non-essential business travel has been stopped, including
travel between sites.
All colleagues who have symptoms that may be COVID-19 are asked
to self-isolate in line with the government guidelines, unless
subsequent testing confirms a negative result.
All employees who have been advised to shield by the government
- the clinically extremely vulnerable and clinically vulnerable -
have stayed at home.
We are in contact with colleagues who have been categorised as
clinically vulnerable, and any return to work will depend on a
thorough individual risk assessment.
The majority of tasks within our bakeries can take place at a
two-metre distance from others. Where social distancing cannot be
achieved, we have introduced other controls such as screens between
We have also identified non-routine tasks where two people are
required. In these instances, a task specific risk assessment has
been completed and where appropriate, additional PPE is worn.
Staggered start and finish times have been introduced to
facilitate social distancing when clocking in and in changing
Where required, floor demarcation has been used to control the
flow of movement.
Social distancing measures have also been put in place in
communal spaces such as at turnstiles, canteens, changing rooms and
Cleaning, Handwashing and Hygiene
We have increased the frequency of cleaning across our
sites and introduced enhanced sanitisation of common touch
points such as doors, handles, handrails, trolleys and touchpad
We have also increased the frequency of cleaning of shared
equipment such as forklift trucks and pallet trucks.
In addition to our normal handwashing stations, hand
sanitisation points are available across our sites, including in
corridors and doorways.
Specific cleaning protocols are in place in the event that a
suspected case of COVID-19 becomes apparent in the workplace.
- Additional signage reminds colleagues of their responsibility
around personal hygiene including regular hand washing.
Procedures have been put in place to ensure vehicle cabs are
Our drivers have been provided with cleaning wipes and hand
Drivers have been given hi-visibility jackets with a message on
the back which advises passers-by to respect the two-metre
- Optional face coverings have been made available.
The controls put in place as a result of our risk assessment
have been discussed with our Union representatives. As with all
matters relating to health and safety, we have encouraged our whole
workforce to share ideas for improvement and to raise any concerns
they may have.
The Allied Bakeries Leadership Team have maintained regular
communication throughout the crisis with employees right across the
business, including through conference calls with Site Leaders
several times a week and weekly written updates to all colleagues.
A monthly conference call is also held with all office-based
colleagues who are currently working at home.
We believe we are doing all we can to effectively minimise the
risk of COVID-19 transmission in our workplace and the health,
safety and wellbeing of our colleagues remains our #1 business