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Win your worker's hearts and minds

As the UK government unveils new guidelines for making workplaces ‘COVID-secure’, global health and safety expert Bureau Veritas is advising businesses that their safe return to work depends on their ability to 'win the hearts and minds of employees' alongside creating clear policy, systems and processes with regular monitoring.  

On 11th May the government published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely following almost two months of strict coronavirus restrictions. The new guidance covers eight workplace settings that are allowed to be open, from outdoor environments and construction sites through to factories and takeaways.



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Beware misinformation says GGF

The GGF has cautioned the industry against being taken in by misinformation published about  COVID-19.

Given the serious nature of this misinformation, the GGF has now raised this matter with Government who have confirmed that the examples of misinformation provided were inaccurate, incorrect and were opinion-based and not factual.

One example states, which appeared as a governement update said: “The government believes that tradespeople are more likely to maintain safe distancing and practises than people meeting up with their family (hence differences in restrictions)”



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Getting back to work


Deceuninck has produced a Covid-19 leaflet with practical advice for fabricators and installers, a series of eleven Health & Safety posters and PPE kits to help fabricators return to work safely.

The leaflet gives advice on keeping employees safe and reducing the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the workplace. It also offers practical guidance for installers selling and installing in the home. The guidance can be shared with homeowners to establish safe practice and offer reassurance. Deceuninck’s series of 11 posters are designed for shared workspaces to remind people of best practice such as handwashing and social distancing.



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Sealant the deal


H.B. Fuller | KÖMMERLING has issued a statement  about the challenges business faces during the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions that all businesses are currently experiencing. The company says that these pose great challenges to every business, as well as affecting everyone's private life.

An H.B. Fuller | KÖMMERLING spokesperson told us that nonetheless the company will continue to provide customers with a first-class service. "Our entire team is working continuously for customers and both our customer service and our sales representatives remain available to provide support every day.

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AluK cuts through confusion

AluK is countering the somewhat confusing messages being put out by the English, Welsh and Scottish governments about the relaxing of the lockdown, and signposting its customers to the straightforward advice which is already available online and which could help them get back to work more quickly.

Marketing director Sioned Roberts says that, while some politicians are still tying themselves in knots during interviews trying to explain how the new rules around social distancing will actually work, government civil servants and relevant industry bodies have actually already issued clear advice setting out how they will affect those working in factories, on sites and in people’s homes.


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 Jo(h)nnies - Be Good


The two Jo(h)nnies, Agnew (pictured) of the GGF and Vanstone of Certass, have told Installers they should behave wisely and in accordance with guidance as construction sites and occupied homes' advice became muddied.

Following reported confusion around the issue of whether or not companies can work in domestic properties, the GGF has contacted the government with some of the key questions raised by GGF Members. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis the GGF has been strictly aligned to the guidance issued by Public Health England (PHE) and the Health & Safety Executive. These guidelines were published on the GGF website on 8th April and cited in numerous subsequent GGF articles which included a direct link through to the government web page on social distancing In addition, the GGF has been careful not to get embroiled in speculation and interpretations, which have led to unfounded rumours.

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Birmingham boost

Throughout 2020, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be making £145m worth of contracts available for tender and will recruit 109 people, which will double the current workforce.  During a turbulent time for the construction industry, Birmingham 2022 is continuing with recruitment and procurement and can still provide some commercial hope and opportunity. The Overlay Turnkey contracts amount to £87m, with services including stands, fencing, tent structures and temporary roof structures, portable/modular buildings, groundworks, civils, internal build out, scaffolding, pedestrian and vehicle trackway and exhibition equipment.

Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games says: “We know this is a challenging period for many businesses who are trying to navigate these uncertain times. We remain resolute as we deliver the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and most critically, we are ramping up our recruitment as well as the search for specialist suppliers who will play a vital role in the successful staging of these Games.

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