Food processing and manufacturing – Coronavirus
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Public Health Scotland (PHS) have written guidance to support Food Business Operators (FBOs) in preparing for the investigations that will take place when an outbreak of COVID-19 is suspected in their workforce. The document also outlines how the Incident Management Team (IMT) will decide on the actions that need to be taken to stop the further spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and the wider community.
COVID-19 controls within the workplace
For many food processors, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be the enforcing authority for health and safety within the workplace. Guidance and information relating to risk assessment and COVID-19 controls should be sent to the HSE.
Who to contact in the event of a possible outbreak
If there is any indication that an outbreak of COVID-19 may have occurred in the workforce, the Food Business Operator must contact their local NHS Board Health Protection Team (HPT) at the earliest opportunity.
It is a legal requirement for close contacts and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate for the appropriate duration.
The Scottish Government and NHS Grampian have a range of resources available in a multitude of languages to help support businesses in promoting staff to remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information should be shared with employees to provide them with the relevant, most up to date information to ensure that they are not putting themselves and others in their community at risk from contracting COVID-19.
NHS guidance pack
The national health service offers general information about Coronavirus, as well as guidance on physical distancing, isolation, testing and contact tracing.