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Sodexo’s Head of Health & Safety Named COVID Workplace Champion

Sodexo’s Head of Health & Safety Named COVID Workplace Champion
27 May 2022 | Updated 30 May 2022

April Harvey from Sodexo has been recognised for her role as health, safety and risk lead in the mobilisation of the first COVID quarantine facility and COVID-19 test centres.

Sodexo became the UK’s largest provider of COVID-19 test centres on behalf of the UK Health Security Agency.

April, who is Head of Health, Safety and Risk at Sodexo Healthcare, was named COVID Workplace Champion by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).


Mobilising the UK’s First COVID Quarantine Facility


April was part of Sodexo’s team which mobilised the UK’s first quarantine facility within a staff accommodation block at Arrowe Park Hospital, the Wirral. The facility was mobilised in just three hours to provide bespoke catering, concierge and security services for 178 British “COVID-19 evacuees” returning from Wuhan, China on 31 January 2020.

April worked with the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) team from Royal Liverpool University Hospital to implement new infection prevention control measures for the facility within just six hours and also helped develop new protocols, processes and procedures for PPE.

April then went on to support Sodexo’s COVID-19 test centre business, developing and implementing COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

Greg Austin, HR Director for Sodexo Healthcare said: “April has gone above and beyond for Sodexo, helping to ensure our colleagues, clients and communities we work with have remained safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. April has faced each new challenge with a positive attitude and has been a significant factor in navigating us through the last two years. She is fully deserving of this RoSPA recognition and her experience is greatly valued at Sodexo.”

Picture: a photograph of April Harvey. Image Credit: Sodexo

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 May 2022


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