Jet-pipe’S COVID-19 RESPONSE
As the COVID-19 pandemic – and the responses by federal, state and provincial governments – rapidly evolve, Jet-Pipe continues to make adjustments to its practices and policies to protect the health of our employees and those we work with at our projects and office locations, while continuing to provide our essential construction services to our clients and the public.
Shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak occurred in China, we established a dedicated COVID-19 task force representing all parts of the company to begin reviewing and implementing actions to prepare for the inevitable impact on our company’s operations in North America and interactions globally. The following actions have been taken to help our company prepare for and actively manage this issue.
- We have worked closely with all employees, subcontractors, suppliers, owners and others to ensure that anyone who is ill or believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 refrain from entering our office and project locations. This includes, in some locations, requiring pre-and post-access health questions and pre-access and periodic temperature screening. We have also severely restricted visitor access to our office and project locations and have required non-essential office personnel to work from home.
- We developed protocols, procedures and best practices to ensure employees practice recommended social distancing (separation of 6 feet or more) to the extent possible, including protocols for transporting personnel on job sites, using busing/shuttles and driving/riding in company trucks, vans and buses. On our project sites, we are providing surgical masks for specific operations that may require closer proximity to ensure the safety of personnel, and other face-protection tools for daily operations.
- We established dedicated processes and personnel, trained to use detailed exposure intake questionnaires to document, to closely track all confirmed and presumptive positive COVID-19 cases, and implement strict cleaning, quarantine and return to work protocols.
- We are fully engaged in active and ongoing monitoring of this issue, including disease progression, federal, state, provincial and local government actions, CDC and WHO responses, supplier and supply chain risks, and prevention and containment measures to maintain business operations. This includes ongoing communications with leading health experts and public officials.
- In addition to our existing site crisis management plans, our operations expanded and implemented their pandemic response plans to ensure a consistent, comprehensive response to various COVID-19 scenarios.
- With the guidance and direct involvement of industry-leading industrial hygienists, we implemented more stringent office and project site cleaning and hygiene protocols in all locations and developed specific viral contamination protocols to address confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 exposures. We also developed more stringent tool, vehicle and equipment cleaning protocols.
- For employees, we established a robust, regularly updated COVID-19 information hub with FAQs, important communications, regularly updated protocols, business planning tools, best practices, signage/flyers and other important resources.
- We have significantly increased communications, signage and oversight of personal hygiene requirements to drive better prevention practices.
- We postponed social gatherings, large in-person training sessions and other activities involving groups of 10 or more.
- We have prohibited virtually all company travel unless approved by executive leadership. We have also required all employees to report their personal travel schedules so we can closely monitor and take any necessary steps to maintain the safety of our workforce.
- While travel is effectively prohibited, we have significantly increased the use of company communication technologies that we already have in place.
We take the COVID-19 threat seriously and are taking measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to our team members, our clients and our business. The work we do is very important, even critical to sustaining the needs of society. As long as we can operate our projects safely and deliver high-quality work, we’ll continue to support our clients and the many people across North America that count on us.
We wish good health and safety to all our business partners and their employees and families.