In alignment with our core values, we continue to make safety a top priority. We are taking appropriate steps to mitigate exposure to this new virus and to maintain transparent communications. As a company, we recognize the need to reduce the spread and potential exposure to COVID-19.
We are continuing to follow relevant local and federal guidelines in our offices and on our projects, and we are working collaboratively with our clients and partners in each market to manage this unprecedented situation.
Construction project safety
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 on our employees and operations, while continuing to advance construction projects wherever they are deemed essential by relevant local and state authorities, and our clients.
For nearly two decades, as a standard practice, we require 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. The SHEMS mandates the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including steel toe footwear, regulation hard hats, safety vests, and eye and hand protection.
Skanska has 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
- reinforcing remote working and shift rotations, where possible
- strengthened glove policy requirements, mandating the use of “coated gloves” at all times
- mandating additional PPE where construction activity does not permit adequate social distancing
- new screening measures at jobsite entry gates
Skanska’s COVID-19 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 will continue to develop good practices, take additional preventative steps, and seek global, national and regional health authority and industry guidance.
During the COVID-19 crisis we will maintain open lines of communication with all stakeholders and do our part to fight the further spread of the virus, keep our projects running safely and support our communities through this exceptional and difficult time.
Skanska has implemented a global ban on international travel currently effective through June 2020 and has limited domestic air travel to business-critical purposes only. Employees traveling to a high-risk country, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return and before visiting a Skanska office or jobsite.
Non-essential business meetings and employee participation in large business gatherings or events are postponed or moved to a virtual meeting using remote meeting technologies wherever possible. Working remotely is available and strongly encouraged where possible and practical for one’s role.
COVID-19 Coordination Response Teams and business continuity
Skanska has 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, implementing protocols, reducing exposure to the virus, and supporting our teams and operations.
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 and more.