Since March of 2020, we have continued to follow relevant local and federal guidelines in our offices and on our projects, and we are working collaboratively to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers, partners and communities.
Skanska’s key focus always is to provide a safe and healthy working environment on all our projects. We are working actively to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and its new variants on our employees and stakeholders, while continuing to maintain safe operations.
For nearly two decades, as a standard practice, we have required strict adherence to our Safety Health Environmental Management System (SHEMS), which complies with and/or exceeds applicable health and safety requirements.
Skanska’s SHEMS is designed and implemented to provide a safe working environment for all workers on all Skanska projects. The SHEMS mandates the creation of construction work plans and daily hazard analyses to identify work activity risks so they are properly assessed, understood and mitigated.
Skanska implemented additional health and safety measures and precautions to address COVID-19 specific exposure risks, including:
- providing additional alcohol-based hand sanitizer and wash stations
- requiring and enforcing social distancing
- enforcing a Zero-Tolerance for Working Sick Policy
- increased and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing by third-party specialist cleaning contractors of high touch surfaces, high traffic areas, equipment, tools and vehicles
- adherence to our glove policy requirements onsite
- adhering to the CDC’s PPE guidance in offices and on jobsites
- remote working and shift rotations, where necessary
- screening measures at jobsite entry gates, where necessary
Skanska’s specific health and safety response is based on guidelines and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and World Health Organization and construction industry sources. We continue to develop good practices, take additional preventative steps, and seek global, national and regional health authority and industry guidance.
Throughout the pandemic, we are maintaining open lines of communication with all stakeholders and continue to do our part to fight the further spread of the virus, keep our projects running safely and support our communities through this challenging time.
COVID-19 Coordination Response Teams and business continuity
Skanska established a US COVID-19 Coordination Response Team, as well as Local Coordination Response Teams in every market. These teams are tasked with monitoring this evolving situation, sharing information, compliance, implementing protocols, reducing exposure, and supporting our teams and operations.
Social distancing and use of PPE
Encouraging safe hygiene and social distancing across our offices and projects. We also continue to follow CDC guidelines as it pertains to the use of PPE.
Skanska employees are encouraged to continue making effective use of remote meeting technologies and communications tools as a priority to minimize travel and the spread of COVID-19.
Employees have access to an internal website via the web or an app. This site provides daily updates related to COVID-19, Skanska recommended policies, support resources, benefits for employees and families, and more.