We were lucky to be chosen among a few others to visit the factory.Upon arriving it was not actually as big as I thought, The first thing we realised is there was already some graphics dotted around, On the right hand side on the gate there is some instructions for where delivery people should go and there is also some safety information about, From the little amount of information graphics that are around are not particularly colourful or visually interesting, This is something to consider as before the workers have even got into work it is already very dark and not the most encouraging or uplifting.
When we got into the factory we were shown a presentation by the site manager who explained how much waste there was, As not everyone was able to attend the factory we had to show a presentation that gave the rest of our peers working on the project.
This is our slides and notes from the presentation…
Dress Code – Health & Safety
It became apparent as soon as we arrived at the factory that something we would need to consider would be the health and safety, As soon as we got there it they were very specific about the factory cleanliness, Anyone that entered the factory floor The workers, Managers and visitors had to cover all clothes that had been worth outside with overalls and had to wear hair nets and beard nets in some cases.
We had to wear gloves and shoes covers, They were even specific down to taking our shoes of one side of the bench and swinging our legs over, This is so that your feet don’t touch the floor where outside germs have been, In high risk areas there was red jackets, two hair nets, wellie boots rather than shoe covers.
When we then made our way into the factory it became very apparent that the fruit definitely had a lot more value than you would initially think, There is a lot of it and I think when you see you think it wouldn’t matter, The manager was explaining how one punnet of the blueberries would be worth £70, There was such a vast amount that it would not feel as valuable, This brought it to attention, This is something we really need to emphasise is the value go the fruit.The machinery was also something that came to our attention it became clear that this was one of the variables that could not be changed so something to focus more on attitude and approaching the workers.
General Height – Pace
The conniver belts is mostly were you will find the workers, These were very low, The whole of the factory tables etc are about waste height and this is something that pulled our attention, We will need to insure that our designs and placement reflect this. Also the pace of the factory is very fast, It is almost completely silent, No chatting all you can really hear is the machines, this is because it is very fast paced and the workers just get the job done.
SPECIFICS – WORK LOAD
Something we feel is really important to stress is that the people working at the factory are already extremely restricted by the retailers they provide for.
They have very specific guidelines of what is cut off and left on, how soft or hard the fruit is, exactly how much it weights, the order in which the fruit is placed into the pots and on top of this still having to insure that there health and safety is exactly right. This leads us to the next point and shows how the workers can help.
Now obviously this is mainly where we will play our part in the issue and how we can help solve it, As you can see there are strawberries that are completely ruled out, That they will never ever be able to use! This is because the retailers take control of this, They decide how what will make it into the pots and what will not but something we can help is the waste of not cutting to much off the strawberries, insuring that the slices of apple and pear are cut correctly so they can be used, Insuring everything is placed into machines properly so essentially this is what we need to be motivating the workers to do with our campaign.
Stacking and Fruit Care
The stacking situation at the factory on the day looked fine but the manager mentioned that a lot of the time the boxes not being stacked correctly can bruise and break fruit making it unable to be used, This is again something we will need to instill in the workers with our campaign as truly this could just be classed a laziness so we need to make our campaign motivating to get this to change.
When we got over to the packaging station would be one of the last stages of the fruits journey round the factory we realised that this is can actually be were some of the waste happens which you would not expect, Even after all the work of the other factory workers some of the workers would put the boxes on the machinary wrong and this would make the box of fruit fall off the machine meaning it can not be used, again this is something our campaign can consider trying to help.
SPACES AND EXCISTING GRAPHICS
The only existing infographic we could find was this one about cleanliness in the workplace, Although this is a goo infographic that includes a lot of photography which is good because there is a lot of foreign workers who don’t speak very good english so it would still help them something I noticed was it took me quite a while to notice it was there, It is very high up and also not partularly colourful, It blended into the wall quite a lot so it was hard to notice, this is something we could consider.
There is also a lot of blank walls around the changing area, This may be a good place to display our designs as this would be one of the first things they see in the morning.
lastly something I noticed greatly was that the workers are constantly looking down.. Would a poster on the wall be the best option for something where this is always the case… I think this is definitely a point to consider in our groups.