All our employees have the right to a safe and inclusive working environment where they have access to the right tools and support to manage their own wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of our employees is paramount.
Safety is core to what we do
The nature of our manufacturing activities can present hazards including slips, trips, and falls, working in confined spaces, machinery operation, working at height, and more. We strive for world-class safety conditions and performance across all our businesses and therefore we monitor and aim to eliminate, mitigate, and manage all risks. Our approach to identifying and assessing safety risks is embedded in how we manage risks, and our Safety Policy helps us in our everyday work towards world-class safety conditions and performance.
We provide several wellbeing programmes to help our employees succeed in balancing work and personal life, as well as in navigating complex life issues and support mental health. We provide mental health awareness programmes across the business. These include physical and virtual wellbeing and resilience sessions to support employees. We have also signed the Mental Health at Work commitment, which pledges employers to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been, and continues to be, the health and wellbeing of our employees. We introduced a number of measures to return employees safely back to work where their role could not be carried out from home. Measures included: return to work inductions outlining new working practices; additional hygiene measures and temperature checks; increased provision of PPE; introduction of physical distancing practices where possible which included reconfiguring our workplaces and practices such as elongated shift patterns to maintain output and staggered shift changes to improve personnel flows; capping the number of workers on site at any given time; and zoning systems to keep groups of workers together in bubbles. Through these and other measures, we reduced the risks of Covid-19 spread and preserved our ability to deliver a number of critical milestones for our customers.
We bolstered our IT network capacity and provided additional hardware and software so that employees who could carry out their roles at home could do so. To assist home-working, we developed guides to support employees in maintaining their safety, security, wellbeing and productivity whilst working effectively from home.