Workforce training and compliance
As a minimum we expect:
- training around processes and working environment expectations to be provided for all staff before restarting work; and
- companies to establish measures, in collaboration with trade union or workforce representatives, to monitor compliance with relevant regulations and processes put in place to enable a safe return to production.
Every workplace should look and feel substantially different. Physical distancing and enhanced hygiene will change how workplaces operate. Training will therefore be essential to build a common understanding of requirements within the new working norm, instilling confidence that changes put in place contribute to a safe workplace.
Training methods should ensure effective delivery of relevant overarching and company specific measures and expectations of staff while onsite, in a way which maintains physical distancing. Companies should consider, as part of their risk-based planning, how training can be safely delivered, especially if elements are normally outsourced to third parties. Visual aids may be required as part of the training and for ongoing guidance and communications.
Some companies involved with the manufacture of essential goods have initiated a universal induction process covering their new, enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures. This induction process can help demonstrate that companies are taking the COVID-19 risks seriously, building confidence among the workforce that they are returning to a safe workplace while also reinforcing the importance of individual employee responsibilities.
Studio providers should also put in place, with trade union or workforce representatives where relevant, robust local arrangements to monitor compliance with new operational arrangements. Remedial actions should flow from that monitoring, and be augmented by advice, guidance and support from external enforcement authorities.
It is vital during restart for studio users to have confidence in the steps being taken by their studio providers. Providers should look to establish processes to allow feedback on physical distancing and safety protocols, enabling studio users to input on areas of concern and for providers to act upon these concerns.
A single point of contact has also been established for trade union or workforce to help the Scottish Government understand how all COVID-19 workplace guidance is being implemented, and to help shape and refine that guidance based on the real experience of workers in the workplace. The mailbox can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.