As the Prime Minister puts the breaks on further lockdown easing with the warning that the nation is at the limit of what is possible, West Midlands-based Midland Pallet Trucks is encouraging businesses to factor their workhouse pallet trucks and other material handling equipment into COVID-19 hygiene measures. The reminder comes as the Health and Safety Executive also confirms that it is COVID-19 checking compliance at businesses in certain areas with spot inspections carried out in Bradford over the last couple of weeks.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks said, “We know that all business owners want to keep their staff and customers safe and an abundance of caution has preceded the move to welcome staff back to work. We are in unchartered times and there is so much to think about.
“Cleaning of items like hand pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables is perhaps not something that normally gets a priority but, in busy warehouses and logistics hubs where multiple people may have access to the same equipment, cleaning protocols should be implemented to ensure surfaces such as handles and forks remain clean and hygienic. They can be quickly sanitised using a spray or wiped down with an antibacterial wipe with no damage to the surface or integrity of the equipment.”
HSE recommends that all businesses take all steps necessary to keep workplaces and staff safe and reduce risk by conducting a COVID-19 risk assessment, instigating increased cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures, maintaining a safe 2 metre distance between workers where possible and manage transmission risk where distancing isn’t possible.