Business West and Amazon partner to help firms operate safely post-lockdown

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Business West has launched an innovative partnership with Amazon to help businesses get back to work and kick-start the economy as lockdown restrictions ease.

Around 100 Business West Chamber of Commerce members will have the opportunity to tour Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Avonmouth to see first-hand how it has implemented a range of measures to keep staff safe while continuing to serve its customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

With guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Amazon has implemented a series of preventative health measures at its sites to help keep employees, partners, and customers safe.

The company has made more than 150 significant process changes to ensure the health and safety of its team members – from enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures to the distribution of personal protective gear and the implementation of temperature checks across its UK operations.

Businesses will receive practical advice on how to operate safely as restrictions ease and apply any learnings to their own action plans for reopening their workplaces.

The partnership is designed to complement the government’s road map and workplace specific guidance released earlier this month.

Business West Managing Director Phil Smith said: “Businesses will be taking a safe, risk-based approach to returning to work, in close consultation with their staff. But for many this will be an entirely new way of working.

“Firms of every size and sector from across our region will therefore appreciate the chance to see the practical reality of working within existing guidelines first-hand at Amazon and apply this learning to their own operations as they begin to reopen.”

Amazon UK Operations Regional Director Stuart Morgan said: “Whether it’s fulfilling orders in one of our fulfilment centres, delivering an order to a customer’s doorstep, or one of the many roles in between, we couldn’t be more proud of the critical role our teams are serving by enabling people to stay safe at home while receiving the products they need.

“Nothing is more important to us than making sure that we protect the health of our teams, and we’ve been working around the clock since the early days of the outbreak to make changes to our processes and procure the necessary supplies for this. We’re delighted to share that experience with fellow Chamber members and help restart British business.”

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