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Getting retailers ready for opening their doors

Back in April Spectrum Industrial; manufacturer and supplier of safety signage and products, commissioned independent research amongst small independent retailers, who had kept their doors open during the lockdown. The aim was to truly understand how these retailers were implementing and managing social distancing and how they could help.

26% of these retailers said they found it difficult to implement social distancing and signage into the store, and 43% said they would have liked professional help or support.

Spectrum Industrial have spent years helping businesses with site safety signs by carrying out site audits, they took on board this feedback from the research and used their experience to develop a guide on how to implement a social distancing program.

Peter Clayton, Head of Sales, commented: “Following this feedback we thought it was important to help where we could.  We did not see implementing social distancing safety signs as any different to when we work with businesses to guide on site safety signs. However, the difference is that during this time, we can’t physically go along and advise, so we developed a simple how to guide”.

He continued: “We understand it’s not easy, we saw the challenges first-hand ourselves when applying this into our own business during the lockdown, and for those retailers where space is not a premium and a redesign is not an option, it proves very challenging.”

The research also showed that over 45% saw their implementation as being temporary and 50% implementing their own do it yourself signage.

Managing Director, Paul Kantecki, said: “This was no surprise as many at the time did not know how long this would go on for.  However, we are still seeing do it yourself social distancing measures still happening 3 months on, mainly when business / premises are opening their doors for the first time since lockdown. We do understand, as well as many finding it difficult, they are not sure if it is right, and they need to be flexible if they need to change it. Although this showed, and still shows many being proactive to put something in place. Being involved in safety signs we know the hazards these makeshift / do it yourself versions can have, such as slips and trips with unsuitable floor markings and tape through to home printed signs fading quickly and becoming unclear.”

Safety regulation state that all Health & Safety signage always needs to be clear and visible. Although this situation does not come under legislation yet, it is still communicating vitally important messages to keep people as safe as possible, “to us, it is a safety message and the reason we don’t see this as any different to implementing any safety signage onto your premises,” continued Clayton. “The best way to do this is to work with experts in safety signs who are used to designing signs that communicate safety messages in a clear and easy to understand way, as well as providing advice on what you need and where it should be placed.”

Paul also continued: “One of the things I have picked up on during the last 3 months is a term I heard, CCE – Covid Customer Experience. We have to face the reality that this situation is not going away quickly and everything we do today will affect our brand for the future, ask yourself this, how do you want people to talk about how your brand; as a supplier or an employer,  dealt with Covid-19?”

If you are looking to re-open your doors, you can download a FREE copy of Spectrum Industrials guide, which provides useful information and tips at www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

For more information about Spectrum Industrial and their product range visit www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk or email sales@spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

Spectrum Industrial extends its range of Social Distancing and Hygiene signs and launches new brochure

Manufacturer of safety signage and products Spectrum Industrial have added even more signs to their range of social distancing and hygiene signs by popular demand.

The extended range includes floor graphics to help the flow of traffic within premises as well as providing instructions to visitors on the route they should take, a range of site safety notices providing your on site rules to visitors in relation to covid -19, temporary signs for those needing to provide instructions to people whilst in their vehicles, new hygiene and PPE signs and finally hygiene / sneeze guards.

“We have worked hard to develop a signage range to suit customers needs so they could react quickly, However, as we now start to talk to those who are preparing their premises for when restrictions are lifted, there are many more factors to consider and different industries face different challenges, so we had to look at where signage could help and extend our range to suit,” said Paul Kantecki, Managing Director.

“As those businesses deemed as essential have or continue to roll out their social distancing and hygiene programs, we are now seeing many businesses start to look at how they can re-open and how they can keep employees, customers and visitors safe when they do re-open.  Its not easy, and although we can help with signage to provide clear instruction and information, there are so many other factors and challenges businesses are having to think about, and as a business owner myself, it’s not an easy task.”

The new signs have been launched in an updated version of Spectrum Industrials Social Distancing and Safety Signage brochure. The brochure showcases over 250 products, providing a comprehensive range.

Paul continued: “It won’t stop there. We are focusing on reviewing our range constantly to be able to support all businesses and facilities with the signage and products they require to help adhere to social distancing and keep staff, customers, and visitors safe. As we talk to customers and identify challenges, we will continue to identify solutions to best help them cost effectively and efficiently.”

Spectrum offer a wide selection of social distancing signs including anti slip floor stickers and strips, wall signs and entrance signs and the full range can be viewed on their website.  However, if customers cannot find what they are looking for or have bespoke requirements, Spectrum Industrial can easily make these designs to order at their manufacturing facility in Doncaster.

For more information about Spectrum Industrial and their product range visit www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk or email sales@spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

Spectrum Industrial launches guide to help businesses implement a social distancing Safety Signage Programme

Spectrum Industrial have launched a guide to help businesses to implement a social distancing safety signage programme onto their premises.

Although many businesses still operating have put a social distancing program in place, a recent study by Spectrum Industrial highlights how over 20% of businesses found it really difficult to put something in place, with over 30% saying they would have liked professional / expert help / advice on this.

The biggest problem highlighted from many was purely lack of space to provide the 2m guidance.

Paul Kantecki, Managing Director, said: “Over the last 25 years we have conducted a number of audits with businesses to help guide them on safety signage and products. When we started receiving initial enquiries for social distancing signs, we were able to attend some customers premises and help them with installation. Taking on board our experience from our safety sign audits and implementing these initial social distancing safety signs into retail premises, highlighted to us a number of issues and challenges we knew most smaller retailers would face.”

Spectrum pride themselves on building their experience in all things safety, and Social Distancing signs are now playing a big part of the safety category. Paul continued: “Taking our learnings from these initial installations, the next logical step for us was to compile a guide and share that knowledge and advice in the way of tips and guidance.  At the moment we can’t visit customers premises, and we know that one size does not fill all, but we hope that our guide offers a basic guideline for businesses to follow and implement into their environment.”

You can download a copy of the guide at https://email-centurioneurope.co.uk/p/5FKK-39Y/social-safety

For more information about Spectrum Industrial and their product range visit www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk or email sales@spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

Spectrum industrial helps businesses to be socially safe

Social Distancing is at the top of mind for many at the moment as we face this current pandemic. Spectrum Industrial, manufacturer of safety signs has developed and extended their range of Social Distancing and Safety Signs.

Many businesses are currently staying open, they are classed as essential for the general public and they are now having to put measures in place to help protect their customers, visitors and staff.

It is vital that the public support these businesses and adhere to the guidelines they provide and Social Distancing and Safety Signs are a simple way to communicate instructions and guidance to visitors on any premises. Supermarkets, Pharmacies, Banks, Pet Shops, Post Offices, Petrol Stations, Vets and health care providers can all put these simple measures in place quickly.

“We have worked hard to develop our range to suit our customers needs so they can react quickly and get these measures in place to help keep their customers and staff safe” says Paul Kantecki, Managing Director. He continued “These signs will help provide a constant reminder to customers / visitors on premises and guide them to adhere to 2m / 6ft social distancing advice provided by the government.”

Spectrum offer a wide selection of social distancing signs including anti slip floor stickers and strips, wall signs and entrance signs and the full range can be viewed on their website.  However, if customers can’t find what they are looking for or have bespoke requirements, Spectrum Industrial can easily make these designs to order at their manufacturing facility in Doncaster.

To help support businesses, Spectrum Industrial have also created a guide providing useful information and tips during this time.

To download your copy visit www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk.

For more information about Spectrum Industrial and their product range visit www.spectrum-industrial.co.uk or email sales@spectrum-industrial.co.uk.