Due to the COVID-19 virus, we find ourselves in a situation that is unprecedented. That is why Ballast Nedam pursues a proactive policy to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on business operations and operational activities and projects. 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 is an active policy that 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, COVID-19 policy and a set of 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 at least September 1, 2020. All necessary 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. Specific 1.5m work instructions have also been drawn up for 20 common activities, which give our employees a guideline on how to fill in the 1.5m distance from the rule. The aim is clearly to keep the risk of contamination as low as possible. In addition, a COVID-19 coordinator has been appointed for each project. The COVID-19 Crisis Team audits the projects on a regular basis to assure ourselves that policies and rules are actively adhered to.
Our offices are provided with clear instructions, signalling and hygiene measures that our employees at the office locations must protect as much as possible.
Our policy assumes that office visits by external visitors should be kept to a minimum. For this we ask everyone's understanding. During office visits, every visitor is asked about his / her health status. Every external visitor who has an appointment is personally picked up by our colleague at the reception and escorted back outside after the appointment.
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.