Kepak Group is designated as an essential service provider, ensuring that there is an adequate and quality supply of food available to customers and consumers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Our factories, therefore, have remained safely operational, since restrictions began in March.
At Kepak, the health and safety of our staff, customers and suppliers is our top priority. As such, since early March, we have implemented a wide and comprehensive range of Covid-19 control measures, including physical distancing and additional hygiene protocols, at all of our 13 locations across Ireland and the UK.
The Group has also established a Covid-19 Response Team at each of its sites, tasked with implementing the wide-ranging protocols and control measures to protect our employees who are officially designated as essential workers.
In Ireland, the Group’s individual site management teams have been in regular and close contact with the regional HSE teams; the HSE have reviewed our protocols and procedures and has expressed themselves as being very satisfied with them. The Group has also worked in close collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, both with their supervisory staff at our processing sites and with the Department’s senior management through the aegis of our sector representative body, Meat Industry Ireland.
Kepak is in constant contact with all staff members through its site Employee Forums to ensure that they understand and are fully satisfied with the significant changes that have been made to work routines for their safety. Feedback to date from staff members has been positive and supportive of the safety measures that have been implemented.
In conjunction with the HSE, Kepak is providing advice and support to any staff that needs to self-isolate due to either a positive result or being a close contact of a confirmed case. The Group is working tirelessly to protect its staff as well as ensuring the continuity of secure food supply during this pandemic.
The testing of staff and the reporting of results is the responsibility of the HSE. Kepak cannot interfere in this process but has fully complied with and facilitated the coordination of staff testing by the HSE. All staff members returning to work are fully adhering to HSE return to work guidelines.
Kepak continues to review and modify its response to the Covid-19 situation, ensuring all measures implemented are aligned to the most up to date public health advice.
For more information on all new protocols and measures undertaken within Kepak’s sites please view our COVID 19 Policy Document below (available in several languages).