Coronavirus update12th March 2020
As a key supplier to MoD, delivering critical defence outputs, STS Defence is committed to successfully and safely maintaining our business continuity throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
Despite the challenges, we are continuing to deliver on our commitments to customers and are maintaining business as close to normal as possible by developing and innovating new ways of working.
We have assessed the latest government guidelines, and whilst it is clear that we have already implemented much of the guidance, we are taking this opportunity to identify any further improvements we should make.
We are revisiting our COVID-19 risk assessment in consultation with staff, and will publish this as soon as possible. We are also reinforcing the four most critical instructions that we must continue to follow:
1. Cleaning processes
This has been a consistently important theme for reducing the spread of coronavirus and is everyone’s responsibility to follow. Handwashing more frequently and for longer is vital and we have doubled the number of cleaners to ensure more frequent cleaning of all workplaces.
2. Working from home
We will continue to support as many people as possible to work from home for as long as needed. As thing stand, around half of our staff are working remotely and we have just upgraded our IT systems to cope with the additional demand, with more improvements on the way. We are supporting flexible working hours for all staff (whether working in our facilities or from home).
3. Maintaining social distancing
Staff working on site are encouraged to maintain a 2m distance from anyone else and to think about they are standing and walking at all times. With so many of our staff working remotely, we have a lot more space in our facilities to support this guidance and have marked out common areas and routes to help remind everyone.
4. Where people cannot be 2 metres apart, manage transmission risk
There are, of course, times when staff may come closer than 2m to each other. Any risk from this is minimised by keeping these periods to a minimum and encouraging staff to work side by side and not face each other. We are also enabling teams to work separately and maintain working patterns within small groups.
All external meetings are being held remotely and visits to our facilities by customers or suppliers are discouraged. If any of our staff are required to visit customer sites and platforms, they are only allowed to do so to deliver critical outputs and must follow local risk assessment guidance at all times.
Our supply chain continues to be a critical part of the business, and we are working closely with our suppliers to minimise any risk to delivery.
As always, please do not hesitate to call us if you have any queries or concerns…Keep safe.
Please call us on 02392 584222 or email us using the Contact form at the top of the page if you have any questions