Due to the COVID-19 virus, we find ourselves in a situation that is unprecedented. Ballast Nedam has formed a COVID-19 Crisis Team and is in close consultation with its customers, stakeholders and employees to ensure that work on our projects takes place as safely as possible. We would like to inform you about the measures taken, in which the health and safety of our people and our society are key priority.
The COVID-19 policy of Ballast Nedam focusses on continuing our business as safely as possible to our employees. It is based on the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Based on these recommendations, safety alerts policy and safety alrets rules, have been drawn up to communicate our policy as clear as possible to our employees. In addition, the guidelines and our policy have been translated into posters and banners for our project locations.
In order to continue our business operations and projects as safely as possible, Ballast Nedam decided that wherever possible (and after line management approval) all employees should work from home until April 28, 2020. Various measures have been taken at project locations regarding hygiene regulations. Besides that, guidelines have been drawn up with regard to social distancing of 1.5 meters. We do this by having our employees and the employees of our subcontractors work in fixed compositions as much as possible and to offer more space during breaks, or to have the breaks take place in different shifts. The aim is of course to delete the contamination risk. Besides that, at each project we have appointed a COVID-19 coordinator.
Together we are stronger in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. At the moment, there is a great shortage of facial masks in healthcare, especially type FFP2. Ballast Nedam requests to all its employees to donate spare construction masks to hospitals.