Find out how simple changes kept a food production firm open through lockdown

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Staff at Rapeseed Oil producers Hillfarm Oils has been safely working throughout lockdown.

Sam Fairs talks about some of the changes they have implemented to keep staff safe on their farm in Hevingham, near Halesworth.

On the production line, shifts and breaks are now staggered to allow for more distance between workers and a clear screen has been installed on the packing table so that two people can work at the same time without any contact.

In the office, three people are now working from home and only come into the office in the evenings or at weekends if needed.

The office is now cleaned four times a week and high traffic areas, such as door handles, door frames, kitchens and toilets, are sanitised four evenings a week.

On the farm, vehicles are not shared and tasks which require more than one member of staff, such as fitting materials in the new chicken sheds, the teams are kept as small as possible and the teams do not interact with others. Farm staff use their own vehicles for breaks and the farm has hired additional portable toilets to allow for extra space.

“All in all this is a strange time,” said Sam, “and we must not get complacent with the virus. If anyone has symptoms, or anyone in their family has symptoms, then they stay at home in line with Government guidelines and then we have arranged for them to be tested before they return. This has worked for us so far.”

Find out more about the Hillfarm Oils range of rapeseed oils and dressings at

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