– Meet the person leading Laois Hire’s Covid-19 action plan
With over 28 years of expanding business, Laois Hire has a vast wealth of experience in Hire & Sales. Their substantial knowledge isn’t just in relation to their product range but also their experience in health and safety, and securely delivering services to give peace of mind to both staff and valued customers.
As with every other business in Ireland, Laois Hire had to rapidly adapt when the Covid-19 crisis began. Branches were only open for critical hires to essential services. They supplied equipment to An Garda Síochána, the Health Health Service Executive (HSE), and the Office of Public Works (OPW), as well as many other businesses that needed to carry on.
The person at the helm of their Laois Hire’s and customers’ safety is Grace Murphy, the company’s Health, Safety, Environment, & Quality (HSEQ) Advisor, who has been with the Laois Hire for three years. Grace tells www.Constructionnews.ie all about her experience so far, and what strategies have been implemented to help prevent the spread of the virus.
“This is a very challenging time in the plant and tool hire industry. As it is an unprecedented situation, we are finding ourselves continually learning and having to find innovative ways to trade while keeping the wellbeing of our staff and customers to the fore.
Laois Hire Covid-19 Procedures
“We are continually monitoring and reviewing our Covid-19 procedures to ensure adherence to Government guidelines. Risk assessments are carried out on every task that presents itself to us, and we have implemented operating procedures in all Laois Hire depots in line with the Government’s and HSE’s recommendations on the management of Covid-19.
“First and foremost, Laois Hire has implemented changes in our stores to try to limit customer interaction,” Grace continues. “We are open for business and walk-In customers, but with a couple of changes. We have a Limit of two customers inside shops at any one time, and social distancing must be adhered to while in the shops. We have installed plexiglass screens at our counters to protect our staff and customers. We encourage our customers to use the hand sanitisers available at the shop door. We are temperature checking staff and reminding them that their responsibility is to help protect themselves and their colleagues at all times.”
Laois Hire Drivers
Laois Hire drivers are the face of the company, out front on the ground day-to-day meeting customers while carrying out deliveries and collections. Grace says Laois Hire has instigated procedures to ensure it is reducing the risk of our drivers contracting the virus.
“For example, all drivers are provided with extra PPE, such as face visors, disposable masks, disposable gloves and disposable overalls for hospital sites,” Grace explains. “Each vehicle is supplied with a hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial sprayer, and our drivers spray down all equipment before handling it. This is repeated before equipment is handed over to customers on delivery, and again upon collection of the equipment. All vehicles are thoroughly sanitised at the end of each shift.”
Covid-19 Future Planning
Laois Hire are also planning for the future, and how the virus will change future operations on a long term basis.
Grace adds: “In terms of the future, I feel that product sanitation will play a massive role in our industry in the coming months, both within the company and on site. In Laois Hire, we have introduced a comprehensive product sanitation process that protects both our staff and customers. Every piece of equipment will have gone through our sanitation process three times in the turnabout from one customer to the next, namely at delivery, collection, and the test and run stage, with particular attention to the touchpoints, such as levers, buttons, handles, plugs, grip points, triggers, cables and doors.
Grace feels strongly that the pandemic must not draw attention away from regular procedures.
“It is paramount that the normal health and safety requirements of any operational activity must not be compromised at this time. These are no less important than usual, and if an activity cannot be undertaken safely, it should not take place.”
Ending on a positive note, Grace says, “One encouraging thing we can take from this is that we have used this time to focus on retraining and upskilling our team for the challenges that lie ahead. Many Laois Hire staff members have completed fire marshal training, manual handling and mental health awareness. We also have our office staff set up and working comfortably and safely from their own homes.
“So, needless to say, in the uncertain post-Covid-19 world, you can rest assured that Laois Hire will be there with a wealth of experience and knowledge to lead you forward and provide you with a reliable and safe hire and sales experience.”
To learn more visit https://laoishire.com