Coronavirus guidance for the manufacturing sector

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for the manufacturing sector and for manufacturing sites in Scotland. It includes procedures to plan for and maintain a safe workplace for all and is regularly updated. 

The guidance sets out the Scottish Government’s expectations on the steps manufacturing businesses will take before and after reopening or during a period of lockdown. It looks at the key areas to consider:

  • assessing risk
  • workforce planning
  • employee health and wellbeing
  • Test and Protect
  • outbreak management 
  • an operational guide and checklist
  • deliveries, distribution and visitors
  • training and compliance


What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Manufacturing companies based in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It will take about 45 minutes to read the full guidance.

Important information

You should use this guidance to look forward and engage with trade union or workforce representatives to develop workplace-specific plans for a managed transition away from current restrictions. You should allow sufficient time for that joint work.

If the Chief Medical Officer issues letters to people on the shielding list, they will be advised that if they cannot work from home, they should not attend work for as long as lockdown is in place. Also, if a Stay at Home order is in place, employees must work from home, where possible. 

You can also get support from the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS). They are committed to helping businesses across the manufacturing supply chain become more productive, profitable and competitive. Their services are tailored specifically to the needs of each business.


Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website to read coronavirus guidance for manufacturing sites in Scotland.

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