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AFI Group Coronavirus Policy - update

30 March 2020 Email this article

This document has been produced to provide reassurance to our customers and suppliers that the AFI group of companies is proactively assessing and managing the potential risks brought about by the uncertainty of the Covid-19 outbreak.  

Our group policy on the Coronavirus outbreak is to follow UK Government advice so that we minimise the risk to our employees, customers and suppliers.  

We remain open in support of all essential services for any MEWP equipment you may require that is deemed vital. We are continuing to operate on a reduced capacity basis in adherence with the latest government advice.  

Safety is in the forefront of our minds and we are closely following government advice in respect of the following:  

  • Staff
    The business is being operated with a skeleton team of employees and where possible staff are working from home.
     
  • Depots
    We have a minimum number of staff operating at our locations where home working is not possible.
     
  • Social Distancing
    We are enforcing strict rules regarding social distancing (minimum 2 metre spacing between all staff). Where available, we are advocating communication via phone, email, WhatsApp or video conferencing facility.
     
  • Hygiene
    We are enforcing strict hygiene standards, with staff being required to follow government guidelines (regular hand washing, respiratory hygiene, sanitisation of surfaces etc.) and appropriate PPE has been supplied to our employees.
     
  • Equipment Cleaning Procedures
    All equipment is thoroughly cleaned upon return and prior to despatch to reduce transmission risks.
     
  • Construction Sites
    The latest government advice indicates that construction sites can continue to operate but must implement the Site Operating Procedures, developed by Build UK and published by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). The CLC has confirmed that all construction sites should assess their situation and those sites that cannot implement the Site Operating Procedures published by the CLC should not remain open.
     
  • Business Closure Exemptions
    As of the 26th March 2020 the UK Government updated guidance on business closures and exemptions. Plant & tool hire businesses are classified as exempt from closure at the current time.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and will always review our policies in line with the latest UK Government advice.  

Should you need to hire a machine during these uncertain and difficult times, you can do so by calling your local depot or our sales team on 01924 234 819 or email us on salesteamemails@afi-group.co.uk. During this period we would appreciate your patience and understanding if our skeleton team take a little longer than normal to answer your calls or respond to your messages.  


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