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Our Top 5 Things for Getting Back to Work

Posted by Lynne 27/04/2020 0 Comment(s) News,Solutions for Technical Challenges,

We understand the importance of keeping our economy going during this crisis. Sooner or later you may be heading back to work, but with that in mind its crucial to plan your return to work. A plan is not only for the safety and wellbeing of all your staff, but also ensures your business can get back up and running as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

The government have advised ‘that wherever possible, people should work at home’, but we know that for many in your industry it is not possible to work from home. The Governments letter to the construction Industry states “people working in construction their job requires them to travel to their place of work, and they can continue to do so” as mentioned in our previous blog here.

To help you through these challenging times we have put together 5 key things to consider before returning to work. 


1. Social Distancing Planning
  • All principles of social distancing must be followed when travelling to and from work, and while at work
  • Ensure you set out your workshop and production facility with social distancing in mind
  • Carefully plan how many people can be in your workshop at any one time whilst remaining at the recommended distance.
  • Set up shifts to maximise production in a working day.
2. PPE Supplies
  • The Healthcare’s demand for PPE means industry supplies are very low, so planning requirements now is essential to be ahead of the curve.
  • Ensure you have masks that are suitable for wood dust and the meet the standards required by HSE
  • Set up Hand sanitiser stations as required throughout the building. Adkwik have a range of hand sanitiser and dispensers. Including touch free stands and wall mounted dispensers, all can be viewed here online.
3. Supply Chain
  • European supply of timber could be significantly impacted due to different countries being in lockdown.
  • Contact your timber suppliers now to ensure they have plenty of stock for your upcoming requirements.
  • There may be products that you require in PPE and Cleaning that you haven’t ordered before, contact us here at Adkwik, so we can point in the right direction.
  • Check your adhesive and abrasive consumables so you have stock from day one of opening and can ensure production keeps going.
4. Communicate
  • Ensure you communicate your opening and operating strategy clearly with your staff before they arrive back to work.
  • Hold daily team huddles to keep communication following and give regular updates as things change.
  • Contact and reach out to customers so they know that you are open and operating.


5. Manage the Finances
  • Take advantage of the financial government support packages. To find out more here click HERE.
  • Ask your accountant to help you with getting the furlough requests sorted.


Other Helpful Links

Construction Leadership Council (CLC)- Site Operating Procedures 


We recommend you put up posters around your workplace to remind everyone of the guidance given by the government. 




For more advice or to speak with us about your PPE, Adhesive and Abrasive Supplies you can contact us any time via phone, email, zoom or live chat.



T: 01223 412373 |


*Cautionary note:
The above blog is only helpful points to consider when returning to work. You should follow government advice at all times. This blog was written as of 27th April 2020 and the Government may have since issued new guidance. For further advice on PPE you should contact health & safety professionals. Adkwik t/as Adkwik Ltd takes no responsibilities for the actions you take regarding returning to work or PPE- see our t&c's