A leading UK manufacturer of woodchippers has implemented a stringent COVID testing policy for its staff, thanks to support from PPE for the UK.
Headquartered in Alcester, Warwickshire, GreenMech is a family-run manufacturer originally founded in 1993. Developed from British roots, the firm prides itself on designing, building and engineering its entire product range from its UK based manufacturing facility and over the last 27 years, has established itself as the largest chipper manufacturer globally, distributing to over 30 countries worldwide.
Despite the initial disruption caused by COVID-19, the British manufacturer has continued to thrive throughout the pandemic, and in order to maintain its production line has implemented stringent social distancing policies to keep staff safe and in work.
Recognising its challenge, regional PPE supplier, PPE for the UK recently donated 120 rapid COVID-19 tests to help the manufacturer implement a new health and Safety policy to test all staff twice per week for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Able to detect the presence of the virus within just 15 minutes, the antigen test issued by PPE for the UK is currently one of the most accurate tests on the market and provides manufacturers like GreenMech with an easy to use, cost effective testing kit that guarantees fast and reliable results.
Aside from preventing any spread of the virus, the implementation of GreenMech’s new testing policy increases staff safety, whilst preventing any potential disruption to its production line.
Jonathan Turner, Managing Director of GreenMech, confirmed: “Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic we have implemented stringent social distancing and safety measures to keep staff safe and in work, ranging from the provision of face masks and hand sanitisers through to changing where and how people do their jobs when on site to prevent close contact.
"We were keen to implement our own testing policy and after our Health and Safety representative completed the necessary training, we were delighted to receive a donation of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing kits from PPE for the UK. Aside from being incredibly quick and easy to use, the rapid testing policy provides us with that additional layer of staff safety, which ensures we can maintain our production line safe in the knowledge that everyone on site is COVID-free.”
Mark O’Sullivan, Founder and CEO of PPE for the UK, added: “All British businesses, like manufacturers, have faced the same challenge of how best to keep their staff safe and in work so that operations are not impacted. In addition to social distancing measures, consistent rapid COVID-19 antigen testing is the best way to achieve this as it prevents asymptomatic cases from entering the workplace and unknowingly spreading the virus.
"We are delighted to have supported GreenMech in the set-up of their own rapid testing policy and look forward to supporting many more businesses and organisations in implementing this additional layer of staff safety over the coming months, as lockdown restrictions start to ease.”
Since it was founded, PPE for the UK has been on a clear mission to help communities, businesses and organisations with the consistent supply of high-grade, cost-effective PPE equipment.