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d r ai n T R A D E R


D e c o m mi s si o ni n g g ui d e p u bli s h e d f o r g r e a s e m a n a g e m e nt s y st e m s


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h e Gr e a s e C o ntr a ct or s A s s o ci ati o n ( G C A) h a s i s s u e d i m p ort a nt a d vi c e t o f o o d s er vi c e e st a bli s h m e nt s ( F S E s) o n h o w t o s af el y


d e c o m mi s si o n t h eir kit c h e n gr e a s e m a n a g e m e nt s yst e m s. T h e U K g o v er n m e nt or d er e d t h e cl o s ur e of c af e s, p u b s a n d r e st a ur a nt s, e x c e pt t h o s e s er vi n g t a k e a w a y f o o d, i n M ar c h i n r e s p o n s e t o t h e C o vi d- 1 9 p a n d e mi c.


T h e G C A is a n o n- pr o fit or g a nis ati o n of s p e ci fi ers, i nst all ers, m ai nt ai n ers a n d m a n uf a ct ur ers of gr e as e m a n a g e m e nt s yst e ms, a d mi nist er e d b y tr a d e ass o ci ati o n Britis h W at er. Its e q ui p m e nt pr es er v ati o n g ui d a n c e h as b e e n s e nt t o i n d ustr y tr a d e ass o ci ati o ns a n d s ets o ut st e ps t h at c a n b e t a k e n, if s af e t o d o s o, t o pr ot e ct e q ui p m e nt w hil e b usi n ess es ar e cl os e d d uri n g t h e C o vi d- 1 9 p a n d e mi c. T h e g ui d a n c e is als o a v ail a bl e o n t h e G C A w e bsit e.


Lil a T h o m ps o n, c h air of t h e G C A a n d c hi ef e x e c uti v e of Britis h W at er, s ai d: “ T h e C o vi d- 1 9 o ut br e a k is h a vi n g a n u n pr e c e d e nt e d i m p a ct o n t h e f o o d s er vi c e i n d ustr y a n d t h e t h o u g hts of G C A m e m b ers ar e wit h F S Es a n d t h eir c ust o m ers at t his ti m e.


“ T his a d vi c e is i nt e n d e d t o pr ol o n g t h e lif e of kit c h e n gr e as e m a n a g e m e nt s yst e ms, s o t h e y will b e r e a d y t o us e s af el y w h e n r est a ur a nt a n d c af e d o ors r e o p e n. If it is s af e t o d o s o, t a ki n g t h es e st e ps n o w will e ns ur e a s m o ot h er r e c o m missi o ni n g pr o c ess w h e n t h e f o o d s er vi c e s e ct or is b a c k i n b usi n ess.”


T h e g ui d a n c e h as i nf or m ati o n r el ati n g t o bi o- d osi n g p u m ps, gr e as e r e m o v al u nits a n d p assi v e tr a ps a n d i n cl u d es a d vi c e o n h o w t o a v oi d a b uil d- u p of h a z ar d o us b a ct eri a a n d o d o ur w hil e e q ui p m e nt is n ot i n us e.


I n a d diti o n t o its gr e as e m a n a g e m e nt g ui d a n c e n ot es, t h e G C A h as a p art n ers hi p wit h t h e F o o ds er vi c e E q ui p m e nt Ass o ci ati o n ( F E A), w hi c h h as pr o d u c e d a g ui d e t o d e c o m missi o ni n g all kit c h e n e q ui p m e nt.


T h o m ps o n s ai d: “ As wit h t h e e ntir e s u p pl y c h ai n, o ur G C A m e m b ers ar e als o f e eli n g t h e i m p a ct of t h e crisis. Britis h W at er is t h er ef or e c urr e ntl y h osti n g r e g ul ar vi d e o c alls f or m e m b ers, w h er e t h e y c a n v oi c e c o n c er ns a n d h e ar us ef ul a d vi c e fr o m i n d ustr y p e ers.”


T h e c h a n gi n g l a n d s c a p e f o r w o m e n i n e n gi n e e ri n g


Lil a T h o m ps o n


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h e gr o wt h of t h e e n gi n e eri n g i n d u str y h a s s e e n t h e U K w or k pl a c e b e c o m e m or e di v er s e – it i s cl e ar t o s e e t h at attit u d e s ar e c h a n gi n g


i n t h e i n d u str y a s m or e a n d m or e w o m e n o pt f or a c ar e er i n t h e e n gi n e eri n g s e ct or.


B a c k i n 2 0 1 3, t h e U K h a d t h e l o w est p er c e nt a g e of f e m al e e n gi n e eri n g pr of essi o n als i n E ur o p e, wit h l ess t h a n 1 0 p er c e nt, as L at vi a, B ul g ari a, a n d


d r ai n T R A D E R | M ay 2 0 2 0 | w w w. dr ai ntr a d erlt d. c o m


C y pr us l e d t h e w a y wit h al m ost 3 0 p er c e nt.


B y 2 0 1 5 w o m e n m a d e u p j ust ni n e p er c e nt of t h e e n gi n e eri n g w or kf or c e, a fi g ur e t h at gr e w t o 1 1 p er c e nt b y 2 0 1 7. I n t h e l at est fi g ur es pr o d u c e d b y E n gi n e eri n g U K, 1 2. 3 7 p er c e nt of e n gi n e ers i n t h e U K ar e w o m e n, r e pr es e nti n g a 2 5 p er c e nt j u m p i n n u m b ers i n j ust f o ur y e ars.


A cr oss s ci e n c e, t e c h n ol o g y, e n gi n e eri n g, a n d m at h e m ati cs ( S T E M), s o m e of


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