What measures were put in place to protect factory staff and visitors?
To safeguard our employees, we adapted our work patterns, splitting the workforce between two shifts, with a half-hour period between to allow staff to leave and arrive with no cross over. Staff were also assigned to fixed workstations and we added additional outdoor seating to support social distancing during breaks.
To minimise virus transmission between employees, cleaning stations were introduced, with all workers required to sanitise their hands before starting their shift. Equipment and surfaces were wiped down regularly, and where appropriate, staff were issued with their own tools.
As a factory, we have to manage daily deliveries and collections. To diminish cross-contamination of the site and risk to our staff, these were reduced down to essentials only and drivers were not allowed inside our buildings. Instead, we created facilities for them to use away from the main factory areas.
What impact will the pandemic have on future manufacturing at DW Windsor?
At DW Windsor, we’re proud members of the Made In Britain organisation, which means not only are our products designed and manufactured in the UK, but at least 80% of our value chain is also within Great Britain.
Over the past few months, we’ve invested in additional stock to support future projects and reduce lead times. We believe this puts us in a strong position to manage any future impact from coronavirus, allowing us to continue delivering products to our customers, both here and abroad.
The pandemic has also allowed us to examine some of our internal assembly procedures which will have a positive impact on future production, including the automation of certain repetitive tasks.
What is the greatest lesson you’ve learnt?
I’m very proud of our company's response to COVID-19 and in particular, how well the manufacturing team has adjusted to the changes despite the challenges faced. It shows just how quickly we can adapt when needed. Outside of work, lockdown has reminded me to enjoy the simple things in life, no matter how big or small.