Summary of Heathcoat Fabrics’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is a global pandemic, affecting every one of us. It is an evolving situation and we are actively monitoring and following our government’s regulations and latest guidelines.

Heathcoat Fabrics’ top priority is to ensure the well-being of all our employees, work with our suppliers to help the continuity of our business and maintaining supply to our customers.

Protecting our employees

  • Carrying out an assessment of the risks posed by Covid-19 and reducing risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking control measures.
  • Maintaining close communication with all employees throughout the business, supporting employees to work from home where this is possible. This includes using remote working tools and video conferencing.
  • In a manufacturing environment where working from home is not possible, we have introduced social distancing measures, including wearing of masks where tasks require close working. We have also implemented signed directional routes and walkways, staggered start times and breaks, disinfecting of surfaces and handles, and encouraged regular hand washing.
  • Office spaces have been rearranged to maintain distancing and polycarbonate screens installed on facing desks and within our reception area.
  • Meeting rooms have advised maximum occupancy and open space stand up meetings are encouraged.
  • All employees are being asked to self-isolate as per government guidance if they feel unwell, supported by our Human Resources team and Occupational Health.
  • We have suspended all international travel and customer visits to our site.

Supporting our customers

We are in close contact with all our customers and continue to support them, prioritising production for critical supply chain demand in the fight against Covid-19. We have also introduced measures to mitigate any disruption to our supply chain. This includes inventory buffers and dual sourcing.

Supporting our communities

We continue to look at ways we can support our local and wider communities, identifying practical ways we can offer support. For example, we have offered the UK Government our expertise in design, manufacturing, testing and supply of non-medical face coverings. We are continuing to work with both the cabinet office and NHS Procurement in the long-term supply of reusable materials for surgical gowns, scrub fabrics and other vital front-line PPE fabrics.

At the start of the Covid outbreak, we identified the need in the care community for face masks, diverting the supply of a suitable product and manufacturing over 2,000 masks a week which we have supplied free of charge to nursing and care facilities, and individual care workers across the region. Heathcoat Fabrics has also donated 2,500 metres of fabric to ‘Scrub Angel’ groups in the South West, to make urgently needed scrub sets for staff in Hospice, Care and NHS facilities.

 

We wish to thank our employees, suppliers and customers for their continuing cooperation and support during this challenging time.