Rehau resumes manufacturing

Rehau UK has begun a phased return to work at its Blaenau Ffestiniog windows profile manufacturing site.

The facility ceased production on March 26 as a result of the UK government’s lockdown, with only essential employees, such as security, on the site.

In the initial stages, the return to work will involve a reduced number of employees on site to meet the current customer demand, while maintaining social distancing measures.

Martin Hitchin, chief executive of Rehau UK, said: “The first tranche of employees returned to work on Monday June 1. This decision was taken after extensive consultation between the UK management team, health and safety experts, and our employees, and only after a full risk assessment and return-to-work plan was devised and implemented.

“Our over-riding priority is the safety of everyone on the site. We believe, with our Safe Site plan in place, it will be safe to begin a phased return to work, but we intend to closely monitor the health and well-being of our employees during this process.”

Rehau UK is providing a return-to-work policy for every employee along with a Safe Site working booklet. Employees are being advised not to car share to work.

Safety measures implemented across the site include: daily temperature recording of each employee; one-way system into and around the building; and all machinery and equipment cleaned and sanitised after use.