Working Safely Throughout Summer
17 July 2020
On what is the last day of Summer term for most school children here in the UK, thoughts usually turn to the long holiday period but this has obviously been anything but a usual year. With the challenges of home working and home schooling to consider, many of us have been adapting to new ways of working and learning new skills.
In recent weeks, the Government has been starting to relax many of the restrictions that were brought in as a result of Coronavirus. Whatever the case, here at David Salisbury, we continue to treat the safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers as our most paramount concern.
Our hi-tech joinery factory in Highbridge is big enough and well designed and spaced out enough for our manufacturing team to be able to safely maintain social distancing. As a result, our manufacturing operations have been able to continue safely and almost uninterrupted throughout the period of Lockdown.
Even though the Government changed the social distancing requirement from 2m to “1m+” some weeks ago, we have decided to maintain 2m distancing amongst our team throughout our head office and factory.
Many of our office-based colleagues who are able to work at home are continuing to work at home, in line with the current Government advice – although this is due to change to give employers discretion on this matter from 1st August, announced in today’s Prime Minister’s Press Conference.
At the front end of our business, our industry leading team of sales designers have been providing safe design consultations throughout the current crisis. We have and continue to offer prospective customers a choice of a virtual design consultation (via Zoom or Skype etc.) or we can safely conduct a site visit by remaining outside a customer’s property. As our orangeries and conservatories are added to the exterior of a home, these consultations can be conducted outside just as effectively.
Similarly, when it comes to delivering and installing our timber products, our site teams will maintain social distancing and need not come into contact with our customers.
As business and retail practices are adapting and slowly starting to open up again, we are adopting the safely possible working practices.
Our freestanding orangery and modern garden room structures at The Chelsea Gardener are open and available to view but we recommend booking an appointment (in common with all retail showroom premises currently.
Similarly, we are starting to offer our factory tours again to those prospective customers who have had a design consultation and quote or who would like to see first-hand the type of cutting-edge joinery that is involved in manufacturing each and every one of our award-winning orangeries and garden rooms.
Again, these are booked by appointment only and will require a little notice to organise. As usual, we will provide PPE required in a factory environment, which include protective footwear and ear defenders, but we will also ask visitors to wear face masks – something that we will also supply on arrival.
Whilst the Summer holiday period might mean a period of relaxation for many of us, we’re certainly not relaxing the seriousness around which we continue to take safety measures to ensure everyone involved with David Salisbury, from colleagues to customers, benefits from as safe an experience as possible.