New MPA posters reinforce COVID-19 industry support message

With COVID-19 levels rising across the UK, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) has recognised the importance of maintaining the health and safety disciplines that will be essential to keep everyone COVID-secure and safe and healthy at work.
Quarry Products / October 15, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
One of the MPA's new COVID-19 posters, an allusion to 'Game of Thrones'
One of the MPA's new COVID-19 posters, an allusion to 'Game of Thrones'

To assist its members with the on-going need to remind all employees of these disciplines, the MPA has produced some additional posters to help reinforce the key messages. Developing on the theme used in MPA’s ‘10 Rules of Engagement’, the posters remind individuals to ‘Stay COVID-19 Alert’.
 
The four new posters are: an allusion to the ‘Game of Thrones’ – “Winter is coming”; the Government’s campaign slogan “Hands, Face, Space”; the gambling theme originally used in the LOTOTO posters; and the ‘Rules of Engagement’
 
The posters can be downloaded free of charge from Safequarry.com. The earlier Managers and Employees COVID-19 Guides can also be downloaded from Safequarry.com.
 
MPA chief executive Nigel Jackson said: "The mineral products sector is recognised by Government as being essential in its own right and as such it is incumbent upon the industry makes every effort to be and stay COVID-secure for the foreseeable future. We must assume that we will need to stay alert with COVID in our lives well into next year and learn to adapt to ensure businesses can continue to operate whilst protecting vital jobs. Without our products Government will struggle to deliver its ambitions for infrastructure and housing delivery."
 
For more information, contact Tony Entwistle, MPA health & safety manager at: tony.entwistle@mineralproducts.org

The MPA has also published new resources to support managers and employees to recognise and manage health and wellbeing issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MPA says the new resources are a recognition that it is more timely than ever to acknowledge that mental health and wellbeing issues can be experienced by individuals at all levels within an organisation.

The MPA Employees guide lists some simple coping strategies for individuals to help minimise mental health and wellbeing issues. It helps individuals recognise possible symptoms of mental health issues, and encourages them to seek support.
 
The MPA Managers guide provides background on mental health and wellbeing issues and lists some simple coping strategies for individuals to help minimise mental health and wellbeing issues. It provides a list of possible changes in behaviour which can be symptoms of mental health issues for managers to look out for, and signposts resources for managers that can help them in providing support to their colleagues. The guide also outlines training courses available on mental health issues, and signposts organisations providing support.

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