Health and Safety
A proactive approach to health and safety is an important aspect of the 4imprint workplace.
Desk-based ergonomics and best practice protocols in the office environment along with the operation of machinery and material handling at our distribution centre are key areas of emphasis in promoting a safety culture. Incidents or near misses are closely tracked, and a Safety Committee considers future improvements based on experience and analysis of the data, or to ensure that we are fully compliant with changing regulatory requirements. In addition, we benefit from a fresh perspective through working closely with external specialists and loss control experts from our property and casualty insurance carriers.
We have an extensive employee wellness programme, including an on-site medical clinic at both sites in the US operation. We have continued to expand our health services to include a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, occupational therapist, nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractor, physical therapist and a health coach. These professionals are available to deal with a wide range of medical issues and needs. As well as increasing productivity and being cost-effective for the company, the wellness programme offers great convenience and has proved very popular with employees: basic medical services such as flu shots, blood draws or consultation with a nurse or nurse practitioner on minor conditions can take 15 minutes compared to hours spent travelling to and from attending an external medical facility. All on-site medical services are available for free to our team members.
The virulence of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in 2020 presented a clear and immediate threat to our people.
From the start of the pandemic our first priority has been the health, safety and wellbeing of our team members. We have operated diligently in compliance with evolving governmental guidelines and best practices, and robust safety, cleaning and social distancing protocols have been implemented in our facilities. ‘Lockdown’ directives in both the USA and the UK resulted in the closure of all our operational facilities at various times during the year. When facilities were reopened, the focus was to minimise the potential spread of the virus. We did this by making sure that the environment that our team members came back to was as safe as possible, taking their thoughts and feedback into account. At the Oshkosh distribution centre, where most activities cannot be performed from home, we rotated shifts so as only to bring in the minimum number of people necessary at any one point in time to cover the workload. In the Oshkosh and Manchester offices most team members are still successfully and productively working from home.