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Jun 18th, 2020

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

COVID-19 control measures. Completed 01/06/2020. Reviewed weekly

Hand Washing

Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place.

Hand washing taking place.

Drying of hands with hand dryer or disposable paper towels.

Gel sanitisers in use.

Employees to be reminded on a regular basis to wash their hands for 20 seconds with water and soap and the importance of proper drying with disposable towels. Also reminded to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues – Follow Catch it, bin it, kill it and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands. Tissues will be made available throughout the workplace.

Cleaning

Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high use such as work tools, handles, light switches, work benches using appropriate cleaning products and methods.

Rigorous checks will be carried out by line managers to ensure that the necessary procedures are being followed.

Do work overalls need to be washed more frequently.

Employees to bring and use their own plates, cutlery and cups.

Social Distancing

Social Distancing -Reducing the number of persons in any work area to comply with the 2-metre (6.5 foot) gap recommended by the Public Health Agency.

Taking steps to review work schedules including start & finish times/shift patterns, working from home etc. to reduce number of workers on site at any one time. Also relocating workers to other tasks.

Redesigning processes to ensure social distancing in place being mindful of any inspection pits.

Ensuring sufficient rest breaks for staff are staggered.

Social distancing also to be adhered to in kitchen area and smoking area.

Mobile fitters are to observe social distancing while work on the quayside or GSL sites.

Staff to be reminded on a daily basis of the importance of social distancing both in the workplace and outside of it.

Management checks to ensure this is adhered to.


PPE

Social distancing will be observed. Fitters / mobile fitters will wear gloves and masks are appropriate.


Symptoms of Covid-19

If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in the workplace, they will be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.

Line managers will maintain regular contact with staff members during this time.

If advised that a member of staff or public has developed Covid-19 and were recently on our premises, the management team of the site will contact the Public Health Authority to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and will take advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken.

Internal communication channels and cascading of messages through line managers will be carried out regularly to reassure and support employees in a fast-changing situation.

Line managers will offer support to staff who are affected by Coronavirus or has a family member affected.


Drivers

Cab sharing is not permitted at present and are not permitted to enter the garage areas.

Drivers have been issued with face masks, gloves and cleaning equipment to cleanse trucks. Contactless POD were possible.


Mental Health

Management will promote mental health & well being awareness to staff during the Coronavirus outbreak and will offer whatever support they can to help.

Regular communication of mental health information and open-door policy for those who need additional support.


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    Mar 16th, 2020

    Covid 19 Statement

    To our valued customers,

    The growing concern around the COVID-19 outbreak has left everyone feeling uneasy, especially as we face more changes to our daily routines and future plans.

    GSG takes the health and safety of our employees and their families, suppliers and customers very seriously. As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to review and modify our policies and procedures, in line with guidance and advice from the Irish Government, UK Government, Public Health England (PHE), the NHS and the World Health Organization (WHO). We have already put a series of preventative measures in place to help protect our staff, suppliers and customers, while ensuring continued service during these uncertain times.

    Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 among any of our employees. Employees are required to promptly report the onset of any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, as well as any recent travel history. Those that have symptoms or a relevant travel history have been asked to self-isolate for 14-days, as per advice from the World Health Organization, and many countries around the world.

    Specific measures taken include:

    Best practice health measures - our employees have been counselled on and provided with detailed recommendations and guidelines on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including appropriate hygiene measures. Our facilities, offices and trucks will be professionally cleaned more frequently.

    Business and customer service continuity - our employees will continue to work on site, but inter-office travel has been suspended. Many of our staff work remotely and securely from home, and should the need arise to extend this to other staff, the infrastructure is in place.

    Travel - we have suspended all non-essential business travel for our office staff, including inter-office visits. Anyone who must travel for work or personal reasons must exercise extra-vigilance, and may be required to self-isolate upon their return. We are encouraging meetings via digital formats, including tele- or videoconferencing, wherever feasible. Drivers transporting goods have been provided with guidance on hygiene practices. They will be extra vigilant in following the procedures in place at the various sites to which they deliver & collect goods.

    On-site meetings - we are limiting any face-to-face meetings at our offices. As above, meetings will instead be conducted by tele- or videoconferencing, whenever feasible.

    Internal meetings - Board meetings, group meetings and face-to-face meetings have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. Any required meetings will take place via tele- or videoconferencing.

    Scenario planning - protocols and procedures are in place to help respond to various situations that may arise, including operating at reduced numbers if the health and safety of our employees is affected.

    Just like you, we are doing the best we can to navigate this uncertain situation as it continues to evolve. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees, suppliers and customers, while continuing our commitment to your business. Despite the uncertainty, we will continue to offer you exceptional service while playing our part in keeping our communities safe.

    Yours faithfully,

    Andrew Kinsella

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      Oct 2nd, 2019

      Brexit

      As you will have seen on the news there continues to be a great deal of uncertainty around Brexit and what may be required after the 31st of October. This could have a major impact on how we send your goods between the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland & the European Union.

      As yet, we do not know what will be required and this will be dependent upon the final agreement or no deal situation that occurs.

      What we can advise is that we are currently collating information on shipment/product information such as the nature of businesses & the nature of the goods required to be sent, as this will help us assess client requirements.

      We have held a number of meeting with government & council officials, as well as attending several industry focused seminars in order to ensure we are prepared to support all current and future businesses connected with us. We continue to engage with our employees in the UK around the EU settlement scheme to maintain our workforce.

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