Hoshizaki

Commercial kitchen and food service equipment manufacturer Hoshizaki Europe is ramping up its Stafford Park operation, after undertaking necessary risk assessments and introducing new safe working measures.

The company, which is responsible for producing 80% of Hoshizaki ice machines sold in Europe, already introduced home-working where possible from March after procuring additional IT equipment to support good communications between teams. Prior to lockdown, it has also categorised staff according to NHS guidelines with those deemed high risk asked to remain at home for at least 12 weeks.

New measures introduced since restriction were lifted include:

  • Temperature checks
  • One way ‘picking system’ for parts to reduce congestion
  • Floor markings and signs to help staff visualise the 2m gaps
  • Break rotas changed to reduce the number of people in canteen areas
  • Mandatory hand washing at break times
  • Layout of communal areas changed to support social distancing
  • Additional stocks of PPE purchased
  • Guidance for essential visitors on site on the new measures

Hoshizaki’s Jonathan Brooks/company spokesperson, said:

“The health and safety of our staff is a top priority. We have held briefings for our workforce to inform them of the new working safely guidelines, including the importance of respecting the 2m social distancing rules.

“As well as introducing new measures around safe working, we’ve ensured we have additional gloves, disinfectant and masks and our message to both staff and visitors, by appointment only, is Keep Your Distance, Wash Your Hands, Keep Safe.”

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Introduced home-working where possible from March after procuring additional IT equipment to support good communications between teams.