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The luxury automotive manufacturer said its Covid-19 risk assessment is a means of demonstrating that the company fully complies with the UK government’s guidance on managing the risk of the virus.
Bentley said the risk assessment, which identifies all control measures in place to manage and control the risk of the virus, has been issued to all staff and published on the company’s corporate website alongside a government-issued poster marking the achievement. Bentley said this follows government direction that all employers with more than 50 employees will need to publish their own Covid-19 risk assessment. On May 11, Bentley resumed production with over 1,700 staff following 250 comprehensive and wide-ranging hygiene and social distancing guidelines implemented, all determined from the risk assessment, and helping to enable a safe return to work as part of Bentley’s Come Back Stronger’ programme.
The UK government condition falls into five distinct categories; requiring a respective risk assessment, with the results communicated; clear cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place; facilitating home working where feasible; maintaining social distancing on site; and a management plan to mitigate the transmission risk. Bentley said the risk assessment, performed by a cross-functional team and under the instruction of Bentley’s Health and Safety department, highlighted the need for a redesigned manufacturing facility, which allows two-metre distance between workers and one-way movement paths and traffic flows.
Across all lines, production will be running at approximately 50% for a number of weeks as the takt time of each car, the average start time from one manufacturing stage to the next, has doubled. In addition, each production cell now spreads over two stages rather than one, ensuring adequate distance between colleagues. Read more here.