An employee of the Cahir ABP Plant has tested positive for Covid-19, it has been confirmed. All close contacts of the worker in question are now said to be in self-isolation while awaiting testing for the virus.
In a statement, ABP said that it was notified of a positive case of Covid-19 last Friday, after the employee was referred for testing as a result of the procedures the company has in place at the factory entrance.
“In line with HSE and company protocols, all close contacts of the worker are self-isolating and are now undergoing testing. ABP Cahir will continue to take guidance and direction from both the HSE and the HSA in relation to the case,” the statement added.
In its statement, ABP said that a range of Covid-19 protection measures have been in place since March, including:
- Temperature and wellbeing checks at factory entrance for all colleagues.
- Additional sanitisation stations across the site.
- The increase in floor capacity of canteen areas.
- The introduction of Perspex partitions between workstations where appropriate.
- Additional PPE for colleagues.
- Reduced staff presence through staggered work breaks and shift start/end times.
- Appointment of site Covid-19 marshals to help everyone to manage and understand the new processes.
- Multilingual signage and briefing packs.
- Detailed procedures for managing incidents of employees becoming unwell in the workplace and investigating clusters of any potentially linked illnesses.
- Space control measures in changing rooms.
- Stopping all non-essential visitors to the site.
- Dedicated toilet facilities for contractors visiting the site