As society shifts from quarantine to preparations for returning to work, there are a lot of challenges ahead for health and safety professionals. This is especially true of the logistics and supply chain industry.
To learn how prominent logistics and SC companies are getting ready to return to work, we held a panel discussion with H&S industry peers from Menzies Distribution and Downton. Read our 3 key takeaways from this panel discussion below:
Employee Safety and Wellbeing
Drivers in the logistics and supply chain industry are among some of the most important frontline workers. The panellists are working hard to implement procedures to keep their drivers safe in a return to work scenario. Some of the measures discussed included:
- Limiting the number of people going out on delivery – if 2 people must go on an assignment it is always the same 2 people partnered. This serves to reduce interaction with other people.
- Ensuring a sterile environment in trucks – trucks are cleaned before and after use, and drivers can be assigned to one specific vehicle.
- Being proactive regarding delivery sites/ customers – it’s highly beneficial to know what safety procedures are in place with customers. This will let businesses plan for driver rest stops and hygiene facilities.
- Workplace preparation – for offices, limiting numbers of employees returning. For warehouses, constant cleaning of touchpoints, staggering shifts.
Effective communication with employees was mentioned by the panellists several times:
- Daily communication – keeping in daily contact with employees. Where employees have to travel or do not have constant access to email, print-outs are posted around canteens and other common areas.
- Document new safety measures – to reassure employees about returning to the workplace, you can send on the evidence of new hygiene and safety measures being put into place on site. This also lets employees familiarise themselves with new facilities.
- Signage – it’s a good idea to ensure consistent signage across sites for when employees are returning to work.
Technology has been very important for the panellists in planning their return to work strategy. Here are some of the ways technology is being utilised:
- Illness Reporting – using the Engage EHS Incident reporting module to record any instances of illness.
- Updated Training – a training software gives users an outline of training needs for employees returning to the workplace. This also means that returning employees can be brought up to speed with employees who have worked throughout the quarantine period.
E-learning training courses can also be implemented to cover things like personal hygiene and wellbeing.
- Updated safety policies – health and safety software lets you store your updated safety policies in a central location, where all employees can access them.
Watch the webinar recording below:
- Welcome Message: 00:00 - 02:12
- Introduction to Panellists: 02:12 - 05:53
- Responding to the challenges of COVID-19: 05:53 - 15:06
- Preparing for a Return to Work: 15:06 - 19:16
- Delivery Driver Safety: 19:16 - 25:23
- Driver safety at other locations: 25:23 - 27:20
- Addressing employee concerns: 27:20 - 31:40
- Panellists' key return to work focus: 31:40 - 35:06
- Q&A session: 35:06 - 43:50