We understand the significant challenge posed by COVID-19 and take our responsibilities as an employer and food producer seriously. It is vital that we continue to maintain a trusted supply of fresh, healthy food for the people of Britain: that’s why we are designated a critical business. It is equally important that we do this in a way that protects the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at Avara Foods. This is, and will always be, our number one priority.
We have reviewed all relevant official guidance to ensure that our COVID019 response is aligned with official expectations. This includes guidance from government and Public Health England, as well as other key stakeholders, like the Food Standards Agency and Health and Safety Executive.
In line with this guidance we have implemented a range of measures to protect colleagues from the spread of coronavirus, starting with risk assessments to ensure that we fully understand the nature of the risk in order to put appropriate mitigations in place. These range from working from home and using technology to replace meetings to fully adapted workplaces with increased hygiene and sanitisation.
Our approach is monitored for effectiveness and audited for compliance on a regular basis. We continue to review the developing situation to ensure that our measures are appropriate. Our expectation is that what we have in place currently will remain so for the foreseeable future and any further measures will be to solidify precautions, rather than being unwinding them.
Clearly, during a global pandemic, it would be unreasonable to assume that everyone at Avara will be immune from the spread of the virus. In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis we will adopt a policy of Test, Track and Act to ensure that anyone who may be at risk is identified and told to self-isolate.
Health and Safety has always been of the utmost priority at Avara. COVID-19 is a new challenge but one that we are committed to overcome.