Bentley details plant restart plans

Bentley details plant restart plans

Workstations to be placed further apart, 4,000 workers to wear masks

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Crewe, United Kingdom – Bentley Motors is introducing 250 wide-ranging hygiene and social distancing measures to implement a safe, phased return to production at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England, starting May 11. The plan marks the biggest change to daily working life in the company’s 100 year history.

The measures focus on seven key areas to keep the company’s 4,000 workers safe:

  • Before leaving for work
  • Travel
  • Building entry
  • Preparing for work
  • Work stations
  • Breaks
  • Exiting the site

The key process changes impact all areas and include a redesign of the manufacturing facility itself to allow a 2m (6.5ft) distance between colleagues, and one-way movement paths and traffic flows. Facemasks will now be compulsory in all factory and office areas, while Bentley will maintain a work from home policy for those who are able to.

Personal protection equipment – including facemasks, gloves, goggles – will be provided as necessary, both to colleagues and in parallel donated to the local care sector, as well as health temperature checks for staff. There will also be an enhanced cleaning routine and clear guidance to the workforce on limiting the risk of infection on areas such as meeting governance, site access, and travel.

All entry and exit points have been reviewed and reconfigured to disperse the volume of people, there will be control measures in all catering facilities that limit capacity and allocated distanced seating, and office-based colleagues will work to a newly introduced shift-pattern. This will control the workforce density on site throughout the day, with extra defenses also in place such as plastic separation screens in office areas.

Bentley Chairman and CEO Adrian Hallmark said, “Throughout this unprecedented crisis, the health and safety of our colleagues has, and will continue to be, paramount. These extensive new working measures will allow both our people and Bentley to come back stronger than ever and even more focused. The time is now right for Bentley to begin a gradual and controlled return to production, while ensuring our sites are the safest place any of us can be. Everybody will be able to play their part to ensure we can continue Bentley’s extraordinary journey into the future of luxury, sustainable mobility.”

Full production is anticipated to resume on May 18 with a later, staggered return to work for office-based colleagues and those able to work from home.