The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched an updated and expanded Guidance on Good Manufacturing Practice, in response to COVID-19. The updated guide is available on the BPF’s new Health & Safety hub, launched today alongside the release of the expanded report.
The document, now in its third edition, features the latest Government and Public Health England advice and explains how manufacturing companies can continue to operate whilst protecting their staff during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The latest edition now includes notes on the government policy on risk assessments, a checklist for safe travel to and from work, details of the Government’s Coronavirus National Testing Programme, PPE, and first aid guidance from St John’s Ambulance.
Health, Safety & Environmental Manager for Hozelock Ltd, Russell Sparrow, a member of the BPF’s Industrial Health and Safety Committee, commented:
“The Coronavirus pandemic has, more than ever, put health, safety and wellbeing into sharp focus for manufacturing. At Hozelock, it is important for us as a business to be part of the best practice sharing network offered by the BPF to produce this guidance. As a result, BPF delivered Covid-19: Guidance on Good Manufacturing Practice for the plastics sector over 5 weeks before the Government’s Working Safely guidance on 11 May, meaning that we were able to maintain safe working conditions during the peak of uncertainty. This third edition allows us to continue to take every step necessary to ensure the safety and security of our people and our supply chains.”
In addition to the expanded guidance, the BPF has made available a range of good practice posters to be displayed in factory and office settings. Produced by BPF member Epwin Group Plc, the posters provide vivid reminders of the key messages for social distancing, handwashing, and all other measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus in the workplace.
The BPF’s Industrial Health and Safety Central Expert Committee meet regularly and closely monitor H&S issues for the sector. The BPF is a supporter of ‘Safety in Manufacturing Plastics’ or SIMPL: the industry-led initiative to improve health and safety across the whole plastics industry.
The new guidance document is available: https://www.bpf.co.uk/hub