Covid cases confirmed in leading Walstead Roche magazine printing house


A number of employees at one of the country’s main printing plants have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Walstead Roche, near St Austell, says it has, like many other employers across the country, encountered challenges with Covid-19 and currently has “a small number” of employees who have tested positive for the virus , but its priority remains the health and safety of employees.

Based in Cornwall, the Roche site is the leading provider of magazine printing solutions, producing many of the UK’s most prestigious magazine brands for clients such as Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, Bauer Consumer Media and TI Media.

It produces more than 100 million weekly and monthly consumer and commercial magazines per year, including Vogue and Tatler.

Paul Toms, Managing Director of the company, said: “Walstead Roche Ltd, is experiencing the same challenges as many employers across the county, and currently has a very small number of employees (only 1.4% of the workforce. of work) which were found to be positive. for the Covid-19.

“The company has strong Covid-19 security controls in all areas of the business. During a government-led random check visit by the HSE, they were satisfied that our checks met all requirements.

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“The Covid-19 risk assessments and safety procedures in place at the site go beyond government-recommended safety measures, with all employees required to wear face coverings at all times while at work.

“The company communicates regularly with employees to ensure they are aware of the government’s guidance on Covid-19 as well as associated internal safety procedures to remind them of their individual responsibility at work.

“The priority of the company remains the health and safety of employees and all safety procedures are constantly reviewed to ensure that government advice is followed.”


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