Bentley first to publish Covid-19 risk assessment

By CARSIFU | 18 May 2020

LONDON: Bentley Motors is the first UK automotive manufacturer to publish its Covid-19 risk assessment to show that the company fully complies with its government's guidelines on managing the risk of the pandemic.

The risk assessment, which identifies all control measures in place to manage and control the risk of the virus, has been issued to all of the company's employees and published was also published on its corporate website alongside a government-issued poster to mark the achievement.

This follows the UK government's direction earlier this week that all employers with more than 50 employees will need to publish their own Covid-19 risk assessment.

On Monday, Bentley resumed production with over 1,700 colleagues following the 250 comprehensive and wide-ranging hygiene and social distancing guidelines implemented, all determined from the risk assessment, and helping to enable a safe return to work as part of the luxury coach builder's "Come Back Stronger" programme.

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The Government condition falls into five distinct categories which start with a risk assessment and the results communicated, the implementation of cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures as well as the facilitation of working from home where feasible, maintaining social distancing onsite and a management plan to mitigate the transmission risk.

The risk assessment, performed by a cross-functional team and under the instruction of the company's Health and Safety department, highlighted the need for a redesigned manufacturing facility.

This allows for a 2.0m distance between workers and one-way movement paths as well as traffic flows.

The washrooms across the site have also been reconfigured to reduce the number of people being able to use them.

Next week, the company's Continental GT and Flying Spur line will resume production and will join the operational Bentayga and Mulsanne lines.

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Across all lines, production will be running at approximately 50% for a number of weeks as the takt time of each car - the average start time from one manufacturing stage to the next - has doubled.

Additionally, each production cell now spreads over two stages rather than one, ensuring adequate distance between colleagues.

The key process changes behind the ‘Come Back Stronger’ employee programme impact all areas. Facemasks are now compulsory in all factory and office areas, while Bentley will maintain a work from home policy for those who are able to.

The robust measures will ensure Bentley staff stay as safe as possible at all times. There is also an enhanced cleaning routine and clear guidance to the workforce on limiting the risk of infection on areas such as meeting governance, site access and travel.

In relevant office areas and catering facilities where distancing is more challenging, plastic partitions - designed and manufactured by Bentley workers – now offer segregation between colleagues in addition to control measures limiting capacity, staggered times and distanced seating.

There are also new, stringent measures to control the population density onsite at any one time with all entry and exit points reviewed and reconfigured to disperse the volume of people.

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