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The effects of the Coronavirus on the transport industry

Posted: 10/05/2020

Categories: Covid-19

The aviation industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with many flights suspended across the world due to the outbreak. This has resulted in several national and multi-national aircraft manufacturers having to cut back on production – one leading manufacturer, for example, has had to reduce its production by a third, with 3,200 staff members furloughed.

Although the pandemic itself was, as so many have suggested, unprecedented, it’s important for businesses to future-proof themselves and their operations by carrying out risk assessments for all sorts of scenarios as well as having effective business continuity plans in place.

As some businesses take the tentative steps to return to work, it was reported by the Car Dealer magazine one of the country’s leading car manufacturers returned to full production on May 4th, with 1,000 workers at its factory in West Sussex, providing some much-needed good news for the economy.


Diversifying to support the national response

Workers will continue to make PPE for the NHS as well as producing luxury cars, with the company saying that employees are now returning to the site with their full agreement in place following consultations with unions and worker representatives. They will be supplied with PPE for work, including masks, and will have to ensure that social distancing has been implemented throughout the factory floor, as well as increasing handwashing.

The business has also diversified into making honey. It says that its 250,000 English honeybees made it through the winter in “excellent health” and its honey production targets are set to be surpassed this year.


Planning for unexpected events

If the current situation has taught us anything, unexpected events can and will occur and cannot be anticipated and while you may not be able to predict exact situations, there are actions you can take to help ensure that your business can continue operating even in extremely difficult circumstances. History has taught us to expect the unexpected.

With effective mitigation strategies in place, your organisation will find you are better able to take steps to reduce or eliminate the chances or effects of an incident or disaster that could cause harm to people, property, serving your customers or the environment.

Here at HFR Solutions CIC, we help businesses of all shapes and sizes improve their safety by planning, preparing, and responding to unplanned events, disasters, incidents, and emergencies.

Preparedness for emergencies and events includes having robust specific and generic plans in place, which should be tested on a frequently. Evaluating, testing, and reviewing these plans will help to identify control measures and corrective actions which should be implemented. Appropriate levels of response should be delivered by fully competent and trained responders (to industry standards) using the appropriate equipment which meets the required standards for an effective response to incidents and emergencies.

As a result, your organisation will find you’re better able to form a safe and proportionate response to an event or emergency, including actions that will save lives, minimise the implement of the incident and prevent further damage by implementing business continuity and emergency response plans you’ve developed.

If you would like to find out more about how you can make your business better prepared and provide a safer working environment, with adequate levels of response, get in touch with us today.