The health and safety of our employees, clients, vendors, and suppliers remain our number-one priority. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, we are providing guidance on managing jobsites to protect each other and prepare for potential outcomes. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and this guidance is subject to change.
1) Jobsite Protocols
- Make sure that proper signage alerting all workers to prioritize hand hygiene is visible at all jobsite entrances.
- Workers are discouraged from gathering or socializing, unless they’re following the recommended social distancing measures.
- In-person meetings have been reduced to the extent possible. If in-person meetings are necessary, workers should maintain the recommended separation from each other.
- Visitors to the jobsite are strictly limited to essential personnel.
- STO jobsite management is prepared for a decreased workforce.
2) Jobsite Cleaning
- Work areas, tools, and equipment are cleaned in accordance with CDC and local health department guidance on a regular basis.
- STO jobsite management have preemptively consulted with and have available a company that can clean the site in accordance with CDC and local health department guidance if an increased level of cleaning is necessary.
- The safety of all of our project personnel is paramount. We have taken reasonable measures to safeguard that no one with confirmed or suspected contact with COVID-19 works onsite, and that our jobsites are safe and maintained in accordance with our contractual obligations and with guidance from public health authorities like the CDC and others.
- All relevant personnel are encouraged to report for work as long as the jobsite remains open; high-risks individuals will consider their own circumstances. We are all bound by our responsibilities to the owner as we work through this situation and appreciate your support as we continue to fulfill our obligations.
- Subcontractors have been be instructed to develop labor and supplier contingency plans to minimize potential disruptions.
- The appropriate STO resource should maintain regular contact with materials suppliers to identify early signs of potential supplier disruptions.
- Project personnel should reach out to the executive in charge of the project and their Business Unit (BU) leader immediately if any project delay is anticipated. The executive in charge and BU leader will work with the appropriate internal resource to ensure that all relevant parties are notified of any potential project delay.
- Project personnel must be diligent in their required notifications to any schedule or project delays connected to COVID-19. This includes both internal documentation and external communications to clients, subcontractors, and any other relevant third parties (e.g., any delay should be communicated in writing to the project owner).
- Project personnel are preparing project-specific contingency plans to address a project closure. The plan should address all reasonably foreseeable implications of a site closure, including site safety, subcontractor and supply chain management, and a project recovery plan. Project personnel will need to review fixed cost items and address terms where appropriate (cranes, machinery, and other unused equipment).
5) Project Impact and Communication
- Project personnel are regularly updating the executives in charge of their projects and their BU leader about any implications of COVID-19 related disruptions. BU leaders must promptly communicate any potential impacts to STO executive management and, where appropriate, to any affected third parties.
6) Travel Restrictions and Guidance
- We are following the recommendations of the CDC and other relevant agencies for anyone who visits our jobsites after traveling, internationally or domestically.
7) Jobsite Worker Health Considerations
These protocols apply to non-STO employees:
Workers With an Illness
- All jobsites have signage onsite instructing any workers who don’t feel well to immediately leave the jobsite.
- Any workers found to have signs of an illness will be asked to immediately leave the site.
Workers With Suspected or Confirmed Contact with COVID-19
- Workers must leave the jobsite and follow CDC and local health department protocols.
- Workers must immediately notify their employer, who must notify their STO representative, who in turn must notify their BU leader. The appropriate STO resource must notify the owner and, where applicable, building management.
- Workers may not return to the jobsite until:
- 14 days have passed since the time their infection was suspected or confirmed;
- They are free of any symptoms without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicine for at least 24 hours and potentially longer, depending on local health department protocols; and
- They are cleared by a healthcare provider and secure written confirmation of clearance before returning to work.