Protection & Productivity

It has been a year of many challenges for BAE Systems’ Air sector. Alan Warnes speaks to Chief Operating Officer Ian Muldowney about how the firm confronted the workplace pressures of COVID-19 and its role in supporting the NHS

One-way walking systems were introduced to ensure people kept to the social-distancing rules, as they moved around the production halls. Seen here is the COVID-19 signage in the F-35 production facility at BAE Systems Samlesbury site in Lancashire 
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: Ian Muldowney, Chief Operating Officer of BAE Systems Air, was tasked to head up the company’s COVID-19 response force

When the COVID- 19 pandemic broke out across the globe early last year, many businesses were forced to review and improve their health and safety rules. Some just shut up shop and devised ways that the bulk of their employees could work from home. Others had no option but to continue, albeit with new working practices. For manufacturing

businesses that wasn’t so easy, and for those businesses operating internationally, it represented a nightmare.

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