CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) STATEMENT

Knights of Old Group’s first priority through these unprecedented times is to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers.
 
As a multi site group we are prepared for market disruption. We have also implemented many sensible measures per site, to support our readiness and ongoing ability to deliver our services to our customers.
 
Knights of Old along with all logistics companies are aligned with the British government, "Whatever it takes" to protect the supply chain that provides food, medicine and other necessary goods to the population.
 
We are constantly monitoring the situation, following the guidance provided, and will update you accordingly with all developments.
 
Knights of Old
 

 

COVID-19 KNIGHTS OF OLD ACTIONS TO DATE 20/03/2020

DECENTRALISING HUBS AND FUNCTIONS: Staff from key departments have been relocated throughout the business.
If one operational hub is affected by COVID-19 the business functions can continue to operate from the new multi-site multi-function set up.


VEHICLE SANITISATION: Until further notice additional vehicle cleaning is being undertaken at all sites.
PLANT 1: All group vehicles that come onto site must go through the vehicle wash, afterwards a team of cleaners will spray the high risk
external areas i.e. handles, doors, straps and they will give the driver cleaning equipment for the driver to clean the inside of the cab
Once completed they will issue a vehicle cleaned permit to the vehicle and this will be needed for this vehicle to be released from site,
if a driver doesn’t have the permit they will repeat this process before leaving site.
PLANT 4: All group Artics must go to plant 1 daily, all other vehicles that come on site a team of cleaners will spray the high risk external areas
i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will clean the inside of the cab.
WESTLANDS: Shunter will spray the high risk external areas i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will clean the inside of the cab.
ALL OTHER GROUP SITES: Group drivers have been given the equipment to clean vehicles.
MHE: All group drivers have been  given the equipment to clean the machine during and at the end of the shift.

 

SITE SANITISATION: Until further notice additional site cleaning is being undertaken

 

COMMUNICATIONS: Commincation is key

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DATE: 20/03/2020
DATE: 21/03/2020
 

 

TEMPORARY RELAXATION OF DRIVERS' HOURS 23:59  16/04/2020

In response to requests from Industry, the Department for Transport has, pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, agreed to a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales for the drivers of vehicles involved in the delivery of food, non-food (personal care and household paper and cleaning) and over the counter pharmaceuticals when undertaking the following journeys:

 

1) Distribution centre to stores (or fulfilment centre)

2) From manufacturer or supplier to distribution centre (including backhaul collections)

3) From manufacturer or supplier to store (or fulfilment centre)

4) Between distribution centres and transport hub trunking

5) Transport hub deliveries to stores

 

This exemption does not apply to drivers undertaking deliveries directly to consumers.

 

This temporary relaxation applies from 00:01 on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Thursday 16 April 2020 and will apply only to the drivers specified in this notice. The Department reserves the right to withdraw the relaxation earlier or extend the relaxation if circumstances change.

 

The department wishes to make clear that driver safety must not be compromised.

 

Drivers should not be expected to drive whilst tired - employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

 

For the drivers and work in question, the EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours;

b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours;

c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively;

d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight;

e) The requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving.

 

Drivers’ must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest.

The practical implementation of the temporary relaxation should be through agreement between employers and employees and/or driver representatives.

 

The drivers in question must note on the back of their tachograph charts or printouts the reasons why they are exceeding the normally permitted limits. This is usual practice in emergencies and is, of course, essential for enforcement purposes.

 
DATE: 17/03/2020
 

 

KEY WORKER SCHOOLING: 20/03/2020

 

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

 

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

 

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

 

Health and social care

Education and childcare

Key public services

Local and national government

Food and other necessary goods

Public safety and national security

Transport

Utilities, communication and financial services

 
DATE: 20/03/2020
 

 

CORONAVIRUS: 17/03/2020

 
VEHICLE WASHING:
In light of the current Corona-Virus (COVID-19) situation, the business is putting as many sensible precautions in place to protect all staff.
 
Until further notice extra cleaning of vehicles will take place.
 
PLANT 1: All group vehicles that come onto site must go through the vehicle wash, afterwards a team of cleaners will spray the high risk external areas i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will give the driver cleaning equipment for the driver to clean the inside of the cab.

Once completed they will issue a vehicle cleaned permit to the vehicle and this will be needed for this vehicle to be released from site, if a driver doesn’t have the permit they will repeat this process before leaving site.

PLANT 4: All group Artics must go to plant 1 daily, all other vehicles that come on site a team of cleaners will spray the high risk external areas i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will clean the inside of the cab.

WESTLANDS: Shunter will spray the high risk external areas i.e. handles, doors, straps. and they will clean the inside of the cab.

ALL OTHER SITES: Group drivers will be given the equipment to clean vehicles.

MHE: All group drivers will be given the equipment to clean the machine during and at the end of the shift.

DATE: 17/03/2020
 

 

CORONAVIRUS: 17/03/2020

GETAC AND TABLET USAGE:
In light of the current Corona-Virus (COVID-19) situation, the business is putting as many sensible precautions in place to protect staff and customers.

We have made the discussion to temporary change the process when delivering stock to any customer site and getting the customer’s signature as proof of delivery.

The temporary process will be that the Driver puts an X where the customer signature normally goes and then asks their name and prints the name below.

This will continue until the end of the pandemic and then revert.
 
DATE: 17/03/2020
 

CORONAVIRUS: 16/03/2020

 
Coronavirus (Covid-19): Knights of Old Group’s first priority in this exceptional time is to protect the health and safety of its staff and customers.

We are monitoring every new development and adopting our response on a daily basis. As the situation evolves we will continue to provide our staff with clear, factual information so that they can provide our customers with the most up to date advice.

Knights of Old Group’s first priority in this exceptional time is to protect the health and safety of its staff and customers and are committed to the following actions:

Keeping staff updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace.

Ensuring all staff contact and emergency contact details are up to date.

Ensuring managers know how to spot symptoms of coronavirus and are clear on any relevant processes, e.g. sickness reporting and sick pay, and procedures in case someone in the workplace develops the virus.

Ensuring there are clean places to wash hands with soap and hot water and encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly.

  • Providing access to hand sanitisers (if available) to staff and visitors.
  • Keep gates/doors open to reduce contact.
  • Reduce / eliminate meetings or gatherings of employees.
  • Reduce / eliminate physical contact for all.
  • Reduce / eliminate employee’s movement between buildings / sites.
  • Implement home working if possible.
  • Ensure a distance of 2m between workers where possible.
  • Monitor all visitors to our sites on their previous destinations, foreign travel or any Corona Virus related illnesses.
  • Request information from delivery points of any previous cases or potential cases of Corona Virus.
  • Train all managers in procedure in the event of an employee demonstrating suspected Corona Virus symptoms or calling in sick with suspected Corona Virus.
  • Removing any employee / visitor from any Knights of Old Group site who display suspected Corona Virus symptoms and clean any work stations / vehicles used.
  • Increase frequency and intensity of cleaning routines including vehicles, work stations and communal areas

Staff capacity and mitigation of service failure

We are committed to maintain our services during this difficult period and have put the following measures in place to ensure there is minimal disruption to our operations.

  • At Knights of Old group we have our own in house agency supplier and this puts us in a rather unique position in terms of resource and this combined with our preferred user subcontractors and partners puts us in a very strong position to sustain a period of disruption within the business.
  • We are ensuring that key personnel are limiting meeting in person and are located in different geographical areas of the business including home working when possible.
  • We have assessed at each site and individual departments to identify any staff that can be used to backfill critical roles should any staff member contract coronavirus and need to self-isolate at home.
  • We have assessed those employees with multiple licenses who would be able to backfill operative / driver roles if necessary.
  • We would like to thank you for your continued support during this time and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further requirements.

DATE: 16/03/2020
 

CORONAVIRUS: 04/03/2020

 
Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind at the moment and Knights of Old is taking a proactive and common-sense approach to reassure our customers.

We recognise that our sites hosts drivers from around the UK and Europe on a daily basis and we are following the latest advice from the government. We have introduced additional measures to ensure the highest levels of workplace hygiene.

  • We are following government advice and will respond where appropriate and communicate any changes with staff.
  • We regularly clean all areas of the sites used by drivers and have hand-washing facilities for drivers.
  • All staff have access to hand-washing facilities, especially our FLT drivers who access vehicles and communal areas.
  • Office staff have hand wash, sanitiser and wipes to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, phones and desks.
 
DATE: 04/03/2020
 
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