Here at Bryson’s, we have always put the safety of our staff and customers at the forefront of all our operating procedures. Never has this been at the forefront of our minds and efforts than in these current unprecedented times.
In order to protect our employees and customers against the risks associated with Covid-19, we have undertaken a risk assessment of all areas of our business. These assessments were undertaken in order to provide guidance and implementation of procedures with Bryson’s for managing the Covid-19 risk to protect the health of employees and customers using good manufacturing processes, current Government Guidelines and industry best practice.
We have reviewed all our operating procedures step by step, identify any possible areas of risk and then develop any controls needed in order to reduce this risk. These risk assessments have been shared with all our staff in every area of the business and are updated every time Government Guidelines are amended or updated.
General site HACCP Food Safety requirements including Fitness To Work controls, good personal hygiene and hand washing, Food Safety training, cleaning and use of basic personal protective equipment, are already in place as a prerequisite to COVID 19 controls. In addition to these the following steps have been put in place as a result of the risk assessments :-
- Adjustments to our production procedures to ensure social distancing, including changing shift patterns to and number of staff in each area at any one time.
- Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with alcohol based hand sanitiser
- Adjustments to our retail procedures to ensure social distancing measures are in place for all staff and customers
- Investment in PPE for both production and front of house areas, including sanitising stations, mask for production staff, screens for retail staff on the low counters and signage.
- Eliminating the use of air conditioning units in all shops and tearooms to prevent re-circulation of air inside premises, and keeping doors and windows open as much as possible.
- Being food production/handling sites, adequate handwashing facilities have always been in place. Staff have always washed hands frequently and upon re-entering the food handling areas, and will continue to do so.
Our steps to Safety for our staff and customers
- Implementing social distancing measures throughout all our sites including limiting numbers of customers allowed in at any one time, signage and social distancing guidance
- Cleanliness has always been a high priority as food handling sites, but these procedures will be increased in frequency, particularly the disinfecting of items frequently touched.
- Air-conditioning units will be turned off and ventilating of public areas will be increased by open doors and windows to increase air circulation
- Hand sanitising stations will be placed in all areas for staff and customers.
- Staff will be wearing protective visors and appropriate PPE in close contact areas
- Screens will be in place in close contact areas
- Card payment is encouraged instead of cash. Card machine touchpads are sanitised regularly with sanitising wipes
- All baked goods will be wrapped in public areas in our shops
- Social distancing will be implemented in our tearooms by placing tables apart
- All staff will be fully trained on hygiene and Covid-19 preventative procedures