Crittall Group open for business despite Covid challenge

The Crittall Group , which includes Crittall Windows the world’s oldest manufacturer of steel-framed windows and security and specialist glazing company Crittall Fendor, has developed a Covid-19 resilience plan that is keeping both businesses running while providing strict protective measures to safeguard the health & wellbeing of their workforces.

Since the Covid-19 nationwide lockdown came into force Crittall Group’s management team has instigated a highly detailed working regime to protect the workforce and help reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.

By enforcing these safety measures Crittall Windows and Crittall Fendor are still very much open for business, that’s the message from Group Chairman John Pyatt.

“All departments in both companies are operational employing a mix of working from home and social distancing in the workplace. We are ‘ready to respond to demand’,” he says, adding; “We have a strong order bank across the Group and while the crisis has caused a short term fall in enquiries and orders, we expect recovery across all sales channels later in the year.”

The measures taken include revised factory and office layouts and procedures to ensure social distancing alongside the use of appropriate PPE including face shields, masks and disposable gloves. A strict sanitising regime is in place and all attending staff are required to declare that they are not suffering any Covid-19 symptoms, have not been in contact with any such person within 14 days and are not in a vulnerable group. Temperatures are taken daily, and all personnel must sign a confirmation that they have received training on the safety protocols. Advice on travel to and from work, an emphasis on video conferencing and strict visitor protocols also feature.

The Group Crittall has also implemented the Construction Leadership Council Standard Operating Procedures for working on construction sites and has adapted its methods of working to manage risks associated with CV-19 in those situations.

“The wellbeing of everyone across The Crittall Group is our major consideration, whether they are working on the shop floor, in our offices or remotely “concludes John Pyatt. “If colleagues are working from home our HR team are keeping in contact with them to ask how they are coping during the crisis and offering help where necessary. We are also issuing regular bulletins to all employees updating them on the current situation and keeping them involved.”