The COVID-19 outbreak continues to dominate the headlines with the situation ever changing and governments issuing almost daily updates and detailing stimulus packages to minimise the exposure and impact on people and businesses.
With so much information about, it can be difficult to keep on top of it all and know what to do. We have not taken a “Let’s wait and see” attitude but a full-on targeted approach. Our people, our customers, suppliers, contractors and the wider community in which we operate is our priority. We are taking every measure to safeguard the health and protection of our people and ensure minimal disruptions to our customers and operations.
We have worked very quickly to implement a variety of measures which include:
Our COVID-19 Crisis Response team was set up in early March to assess and manage the impact of the virus on our people and business. The team is responsible for coordinating our response strategy as more information comes to hand, in line with Government, Department of Health and Industry directives, as well as putting in place preventative actions and implementing Emergency procedures if there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at work.
Our Customers and Suppliers have also looked to us for guidance during this challenging time and we have provided them with an Information pack detailing the actions and protocols we have put in place that they can use in their own business environment.
We are also providing updates, information and directives to our Contractors, especially our Concrete LOD’s and Transport drivers who are integral to our daily operations.
From our Company perspective, the biggest risk of exposure stems from shared common areas and vehicles.
Protocols for Common Areas, Workplace and Vehicle Cleaning practices and General Health and Personal Hygiene have been implemented with notifications sent to our staff and stakeholders that details each of the rigorous measures taken; these are backed by workplace education posters sourced from WHO, Government and Health organisations.
We have increased cleaning and sanitising across our sites, have firmly implemented the social distancing rules and we provide all our people with the correct PPE.
MSP Group of Companies understand that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on people all over the world which is causing stress, anxiety, and a great deal of uncertainty. Our friends at “Mates in Construction” (MIC) have supplied us with important information on this which we have posted throughout our sites, distributed to our stakeholders and urged staff to take home.
To ensure that all our controls are in place and strictly adhered to, we are performing COVID-19 Audits across all our sites.
Ultimately, we are urging all our employees and stakeholders to follow the government guidelines on reducing their risk of exposure and where appropriate manage isolation. The six simple steps to protect you, your loved ones and your workmates are:
We are strongly encouraging all our people to follow the protocols outside of work. We know that in this crisis we are only as strong as our weakest link, so all of our people are encouraged to keep each other honest and follow the rules.
Whilst our business and in fact all businesses are arguably facing their biggest challenge, I want to remind you all that we are uniquely positioned to react and benefit from the government led stimulus activity that is already committed to restart the economy. With good management and the commitment of all our team members we will ride our way through this challenge.
We wish you, your family and your business well and look forward to the better times ahead.