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12 May 2020

MPA Launches Two New Pocket Guides to Help Members Adapt to COVID-19

The  Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launched two new sector specific pocket guides, for Managers and Employees, which are designed to support members in keeping employees, contractors, suppliers and customers safe as site operations adapt to the restrictions of COVID-19 and become COVID secure.
Drawing on expert industry advice and techniques, they have been prepared by the MPA’s Health and Safety Committee. A comprehensive Technical Handbook will be available later this week and further resources, including posters, are anticipated.

Based around ‘10 Rules of Engagement’ designed to defend employees at work, they are as follows:

For Managers
An A5 pocket guide with guidance for local managers to assist them as they prepare workplaces for start-up or continuing operation. Outlining the steps managers need to take to help everyone on site maintain social distancing and to mitigate the hazards associated with COVID-19, it includes both practical measures and recommendations on how to reinforce safe behaviours. Copies should be made available to all managers with responsibility for operations and premises.

For Employees
An A5 pocket guide, using relatable graphics, designed for members to circulate to employees to help them to understand the behaviours that they need to adopt to keep themselves. their families, colleagues and the public safe as they go about their daily work. In addition to the ’10 Rules of Engagement’, the pocket guide covers activities from the time they leave home, through the working day and to their safe return.
The two pocket guides are complementary and mirror each other.

Technical Handbook
A comprehensive Technical Handbook will be circulated later this week. Aimed at Directors and Managers, it will provide guidance on operating safely and provide links/references to useful resources, including those from Government and the HSE.

The resources are designed to stand alone, or, companies may wish to take the resources and use them as a basis for their own plans and communications
All documents are available on Safequarry.com and Safeprecast.com and will be regularly reviewed and updated as new guidance and information emerges.

Nigel Jackson, MPA Chief Executive said:

“Following this guidance will help enable the essential mineral products industry to continue to supply materials to the construction, manufacturing and other key strategic sectors and activities as economic activity increases. This new package of resources demonstrates how the industry is already adapting to be COVID secure. We will update the guidance as new practices and innovations emerge recognising that these are early days and that as we all learn to live and work with the virus new ideas will emerge from within and outside of the sector.”

Ends.

Note to Editors:
A copy of the ‘Employees COVID-19 Guidance’ can be found here.
A copy of the ‘Managers COVID-19 Guidance’ can be found here.

About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 530 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements at Elizabeth.Clements@mineralproducts.org; tel: 07775 894 285.

   
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