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Coronavirus.

GWP Policies and Procedures to Minimise Spread / Impact

Following the rise of confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases in both the UK and around the world over the previous weeks, GWP have several new measures in place to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health of our employees.

This includes creating an official Policy Statement which can be accessed below.

How We Can Help

Helping Your Business During the Coronavirus Outbreak

GWP remain open during the Coronavirus outbreak to assist all our customers, many of which play a vital role in the supply chains of medical, pharmaceutical and food / drink industries.

We are proud to support these crucial businesses during this period, whilst prioritising the health and safety of our staff at all times.

Please click for information on how we can help your business (as an existing or potential new customer) during this crisis.

Official GWP Group Coronavirus Statement

GWP continue to monitor the situation regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus through the World Health Organisation and Public Health England to minimise the effect on our business and staff.

Internally we are following all guidelines with regards to preventative measures, restricting any unnecessary visitors to our site and ensuring the safety of our staff whilst they are visiting other areas.

As part of our risk management we are working closely with our suppliers to ensure continued supply of our raw materials.  We can confirm that we do not currently have any threat from high risk countries currently listed to our supply chain.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will advise of any changes in circumstances to GWP.

Please click here to download a PDF copy of this document.

Update: March 18 2020

GWP are continuing to work at all levels from supply, operations and deliveries to manage any risks to our business and in turn to our customers.

We work daily with our supply chain, ensuring any of our key suppliers can support our ongoing requirements.

We, as most businesses within the UK have taken further steps to stop visitations to site except for controlled deliveries, allowing staff to work from home where appropriate and segregating shifts to share skills across the workforce.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update you accordingly.

Corrboard Alliance

GWP are continuing to work at all levels from supply, operations and deliveries to manage any risks to our business and in turn to our customers.

We work daily with our supply chain, ensuring any of our key suppliers can support our ongoing requirements.

We, as most businesses within the UK have taken further steps to stop visitations to site except for controlled deliveries, allowing staff to work from home where appropriate and segregating shifts to share skills across the workforce.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update you accordingly.

What is Coronavirus?

For our corrugated packaging customers, we also have additional support through our Corrboard Partnership. This means that in the event of a restriction in (material manufacturing) capacity, GWP will receive priority of materials.

Further support from our partners in the Corrboard Alliance will enable us to work together in the event that any one site is temporarily unable to manufacture. In this scenario, capacity will be provided by one of the other 7 sites to guarantee continuity of supply.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

These symptoms do not necessarily mean an individual has the illness, as the symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How Coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how Coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages of food.

Do I need to avoid public places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to self-isolate if advised to by the 111 online Coronavirus service or a medical professional.

Looking after your health, well-being and safety

We all have a responsibility as individuals to minimise the risk of infection.

As such, the following guidelines have been set out to prevent the spread of the virus, with all GWP staff are being asked to adhere to this.

  • Wash hands with soap and water often, do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash hands when you get home or into work.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid travel to affected areas
  • Avoid contact with infected or potentially infected people
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

In Summary.

More info on Coronavirus

For further information regarding how to minimise any impact caused by the outbreak of Corona Virus, please visit the NHS website and / or the World Health Organisation (WHO) resources.

How We Can Help

Helping Your Business During the Coronavirus Outbreak

GWP remain open during the Coronavirus outbreak to assist all our customers, many of which play a vital role in the supply chains of medical, pharmaceutical and food / drink industries.

We are proud to support these crucial businesses during this period, whilst prioritising the health and safety of our staff at all times.

Please click for information on how we can help your business (as an existing or potential new customer) during this crisis.

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Ruth is one of the founding directors of GWP, having worked for the company since its inception as Great Western Packaging in August 1990. [Read full bio…]

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