COVID-19 scare at Grangemouth waste management firm as staff test positive
A firm which transport hazardous waste is now working with the NHS track and trace team following a recent “issue” with COVID-19 at its premises which saw 16 staff members forced to self isolate.
Hazco Environmental, a leading liquid waste management company and industrial services provider, confirmed it had dealt with a coronavirus problem at its Inchyra Road site in Grangemouth.
Owned by Denholm Energy Services, Hazco transports all forms of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, with the aim of managing waste safely and efficiently.
It stated four staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 and a further 12 were self isolating as a precaution.
A spokesperson for Denholm Energy Services said: “As an organisation we treat the health, safety and welfare of all our staff and customers across our businesses as our number one priority without question.
“We operate in high hazard industries which demand the highest levels of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) across our entire business. We can confirm we have dealt with a recent COVID-19 issue at our Hazco Environmental business in Grangemouth, which has been fully controlled in conjunction with NHS track and trace and backed up with our internal COVID-19 procedures.
“We have experienced four positive cases which in turn forced a further 12 members of staff to self-isolate as per government guidelines and NHS track and trace protocols.
“We have investigated thoroughly, with our findings showing the virus was most likely brought into the business, meaning an individual’s previous and subsequent behaviours and failure to comply with both government guidelines and our internal COVID-19 protocols has been identified as the most likely cause.
“We have rigid COVID-19 protocols in place across all of our businesses to protect our staff and customers – which been confirmed and accepted following recent visits from the Health and Safety Executive and investigations carried out by NHS track and trace, who we have been in regular contact with throughout.
“We have reached out and opened communication with every individual employee affected by self-isolation to offer support. In line with the guidelines all of those self-isolating are entitled to statutory sick pay from day one and as individual circumstances are different we have put in place additional financial support to assist those staff members who have requested support.”