Covid-19 Measures to Battle the Second Wave
As we continue to fight COVID-19, we face a new challenge as a result of the second wave that has gripped our country once more.
We've all heard that the second wave of COVID-19 has arrived. According to the most recent coronavirus news, several states have imposed new COVID restrictions, and vaccination has been liberalized and accelerated so that as many people as possible can receive the COVID vaccine as soon as possible.
However, as the saying goes, never give up hope because hope is all you need to have better chances in life. which can be derived by us from the scientists, doctors, and other medical personnel backed by our government who are putting their lives at risk in order to find a solution
Since the first wave of COVID-19, The Tea Shelf has implemented stringent safety measures to mitigate contamination and ensure the safety and health of our employees and partners.
What can we do as common citizens?
Each of us, as individuals, has a significant role to play in this scenario. Starting with pushing ourselves into certain things that we must maintain in our daily lives from now on. Like shaking hands with our body's immunity system, which we can commonly frame as acting as an antibody against all such critical viruses.
We are concerned about the safety and health of all of our employees, delivery partners, and customers.
As the second wave takes hold, we at The Tea Shelf are committed to the health and safety of everyone we work with as well as our customers.
“As we become more concerned about the COVID-19 second wave, we have reinforced our efforts to secure and sanitize all of our facilities before allowing any of our staff to enter. Following all of the safety measures prescribed by international bodies and the Ministry of Health, the safety and health of our employees and partners is our top priority right now,” said Atulit Chokhani, The Tea Shelf’s Founder and CEO.
Working in collaboration with state health authorities and following WHO hygiene and safety recommendations, we have restructured and chartered a work plan and identified and assigned only certain limited areas of our facility to service our fulfilments. These are all preventive health measures that we can implement to the best of our abilities.
Ensured safety at our fulfillment center
We have been able to do our best to constantly transform our facilities to meet the high standards of quality, safety, and hygiene in these uncertain times and the rapidly changing nature of our reality. We have strengthened our Quality Management Systems and Policies, and we have contingency plans in place to ensure that employee health and social distancing of employees on the shop floor, adequate supply of personal protective equipment, and hand sanitizing stations.
We have a solid Food Safety Management System (FSMS) plan that includes, but is not limited to, best manufacturing practices, cleaning and sanitation, employee hygiene, contamination prevention, traceability, and recall. These are some of the requirements for globally recognized certifications such as ISO:22000 and BRC, and we adhere to these standards.
We have detailed contingency plans in place to mitigate any potential pandemic impact. We have ensured that there is no crowding of the entrance at any time, beginning with the entry of people into our premises.
By filling out an entry form, each person entering the premises must declare his or her personal health status truthfully.
Every person entering the premises must have their body temperature measured with a contactless thermometer.
Employee attendance is manually tracked by security personnel, with no use of biometric finger punching.
Sanitizing kiosks are well-maintained throughout the facility, and personal protective kits are provided to all employees who are permitted to work.
Body temperatures are checked regularly to ensure the employee's health condition is at best.
At the moment, only 25% of our manpower is being used to ensure everyone's safety and to carry out operations. To reduce density, maintain social distancing, and employee health and welfare, facility staff work on alternate days.
We've also reduced unit operations, which means that instead of ten people handling a product through a process, we're using two or three. This is done to ensure that a product has as little contact as possible during the process.
Taking care of incoming and outgoing Delivery
All incoming material is stored in a sanitized area, and samples for QC inspection are collected after a 24-hour cooling period (conditioning time).
Employees who handle incoming material are trained and must wear appropriate PPE.
We have actively trained all of our employees to adhere to social distancing and ultimate hygiene standards. They must wear masks while commuting and at work at all times. They must maintain their designated areas of function at work, and we monitor everyone's activities through our supervisors.
We strongly advise you to stay at home as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We're all in it together.