I wanted to further update our clients and suppliers on what’s going on at Soilfix.
We are striving to remain business as usual!
Whilst we do not consider ourselves a special case within the construction industry by any means, due to the nature of our work, remediation is far less labour intensive than other construction activities. Our sites are predominantly a plant-based operations with relatively low numbers of staff distributed across a wider site area.
As with many other responsible businesses, we have been assessing our position in light of the latest UK Government guidance. Our current position is that Soilfix sites can keep running where our clients continue to allow this. We are maintaining constant dialogue with our clients and continue to work hard in ensuring social distancing and strict hygiene measures.
Over and above the procedures we have been maintaining on our sites for some time in light of Covid-19, we have now implemented the following additional precautions:
- Minimising all non-essential travel to/from sites (including Directors, Project Managers and, where possible, Site Engineers);
- Administration, technical & management staff now working remotely;
- Avoiding stay over in hotels (which will likely close anyway) – using designated individual site accommodation units;
- Operatives travel to / from site independently of each other, in own vehicles as much as practicable;
- All plant is to be operated by one designated person only – before any replacement operative is to utilise an item of plant it is to be thoroughly cleaned with sanitiser before use;
- Closing the site canteen / drying room – encouraging operatives to break outside (the improved weather helps this); and,
- Strictly one person at a time using the site toilet (1 in 1 out) – continuing strict hygiene with regular cleaning and personnel handwashing using sanitiser supplied by Soilfix. Note NO portaloos are on any of our sites, so we are able to maintain good standards of hygiene in our Toilet Blocks.
We noted Build UK issued a set of Standard Operating Procedures on 23.03.20 and we were pleased to see the measures we had already put into place were in line with this.
With every decision we have made as Directors in the past few weeks, the health of our own staff, sub-contract suppliers and the wider society, has been at the forefront of our thinking, and we remain committed to doing the right thing. We are continually considering the risks to our staff and operations.
Please feel free to get in touch with any member of our team should you have queries regarding current Soilfix projects and working practices.