09 Apr Arrabawn Letter to Suppliers
I hope you and your families are keeping well in these challenging times.
Following the outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 / Coronavirus, Arrabawn Co-op has moved to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our 1,000 Farm Families, our staff, our customers and our wider group of stakeholders.
Arrabawn Co-ops management has been meeting since late February putting robust policies and practices in place across our sites. The health, safety and wellbeing of our farmers and staff are our clear priorities.
If in the unfortunate circumstances that you, a member of your family or any farm worker contracts Covid-19 or comes in contact with a person that has tested positive for it we would ask you to please contact Ronan Moran – Farmer Relations, in confidence on 0871469651. It is critical that we protect the integrity of our food supply chain.
The Farmer relations and advisor teams will now make only essential farm visits and will do so under specified protocols.
Farmers are asked to implement the following protocols:
- Set up clear biosecurity protocols and communicate to staff and visitors. This includes having a biosecurity sign at farm entrance.
- Follow HSE physical distancing guidelines by keeping 2 metre distance from others
- Ensure hands are washed with soap and water regularly and hand sanitizer is used often. Always follow HSE guidelines.
- Keep a record of all visitors to the farm for contact tracing purposes.
- Designate an area where visitors are received away from other members of the household with facilities to wash hands and enough room to keep a safe distance of 2 meters. This could be the dairy, the farm office or an equipment shed.
- Wear disposable gloves when touching shared equipment and wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
- Ensure all shared surfaces such as bulk tank area where drivers have contact are sanitised before and after milk collection.
- DO NOT touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Place disinfectant/handwashing facilities at entrance to milking parlour for drivers to use before and after collection.
If you or any member of your family or farm staff experience any of the symptoms associated with Covd-19 (fever, respiratory issues, sore throat, sneezing or coughing) please follow the guidelines outlined by the HSE on its website: www.hse.ie.
If everyone plays their part in following the protocols recommended by the health authorities, we have the strongest possible chance of ensuring that people stay healthy, that our production sites remain operational and that milk continues to be collected
Farmer Relations Advisor