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COVID-19 information for supply chain

We will all be keeping a close watch on the daily Government updates and restrictions currently in place in order to control the spread of Coronavirus. As a responsible organisation, we believe it is very important indeed that we at Skanska do all that we can to support this effort.

There’s no doubt that we are all worried about the virus, on a personal and professional level. First and foremost, we must do everything we can to stay healthy and safe and we need to do the same for others.

The guiding principle for all our decisions and actions is not to put those who work on our sites or others at risk, particularly essential workers. We are going to need these essential workers more and more as we go through this period.

Every work site that continues to be operational will only remain so if the following are complied with:

  • Skanska’s current health and safety policies applicable to the work type  
  • The Site Operating Procedures – Protecting Your Workforce, as issued by the Construction Leadership Council. These are procedures that have been created specifically in response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • A risk assessment is carried out to ensure that all aspects of items a) and b) can be achieved. The risk assessment will be reviewed on a daily basis.

Read Skanka's latest risk assesment for all UK operations here.

Over the coming days and weeks, we will continue to closely follow UK Government and Public Health England guidelines in managing our response. We will keep in contact with our supply chain partners with guidance related to specific projects and sites.

We have closed our main offices, including in London, Maple Cross and at Bentley Works in Doncaster, though all our staff from those offices continue to work from home. Our Fabrications facility in Doncaster remains open and is being operated in line with the safety procedures set out above. You can continue to contact those you usually work with by phone or digital channels.

Our commitment to you

These are significant changes that will affect all of us. We are committed to doing all that we can to find a way through these difficult times together. It is vitally important to us that our supply chain partners remain strong and successful businesses and we are committed to providing the following support:

  • We believe it’s all the more important when the going gets tough that you can rely on fair payment. We will continue to pay invoices within terms and in accordance with our agreement with you and not intentionally delay payment to manage our own cash position
  • Where agreement has been made with our customers, we will pass down any supplier relief payments we receive from our customers, even when our sites are closed
  • We will maintain ongoing regular communications so we can support you as best we can, especially around advice on COVID-19 and other health, safety and wellbeing issues, as well as where you might get financial support
  • We will inform you as soon as is reasonably possible of any further planned site closures

At an industry level, we are in conversation with organisations including the Construction Leadership Council, Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA). Detailed below weblinks to information and support that you may find useful.

If you have any concerns or wish to talk to us further, please contact the members of our team that you regularly work with at Skanska who will do their very best to support you.

 

 

COVID-19 Site safety checklists and forms

During the pandemic it is essential that the workforce is protected to minimise the risk of infection on construction sites.

We have worked hard with the CLC and others to produce a comprehensive range of interactive checklists and forms to assist construction employers. The resources will ensure that those who are permitted and able to return to work have a clear understanding of how they can apply the CLC’s COVID-19 Site operating procedures guidance (Version 3) in practice. Guidance on issues such as close working, cleaning and what employees should do if they become unwell is included.

Site operating procedures compliance checklist

An interactive checklist, designed to be used to ensure compliance with current guidance on protecting your workforce on site during the COVID-19 pandemic. The checklist can be amended with additional comments to ensure it aligns with specific site policies. The checklist will help organisations to establish whether crucial health and safety principles are embedded in their day-to-day operations during the pandemic.

Health, safety and environmental risk assessment template

A guide offering example control measures for those required to undertake risk assessment of the workplace and specific activities on site. An interactive risk assessment template is also included in order to facilitate this process.

A toolbox talk for construction workers

Designed to be delivered to construction workers by their manager or supervisor. Good communication is essential for health and safety management on construction sites. It is vitally important that contractors, managers and supervisors engage and consult with workers, as it is an effective way of identifying hazards and controlling risks. Download the toolbox talk.

Weekly site operating procedures checklist

An interactive checklist, designed to ensure on-going compliance with both established and additional procedures.

Additional resources

We have also released our complete library of 98 interactive checklists and forms from our GE700 Construction Site Safety publication for free download. The comprehensive range of checklists and forms are designed to help with the day-to-day management of construction sites.

Last updated: 27/05/2020