March 2020 | How SARMED takes measures for COVID-19
SARMED has responsibly and prudently developed an integrated plan based on the triptych: Prevention – Effective Intervention – Ensuring Business Continuity.
Driven by focusing on its people and offering optimum, uninterrupted customer service, SARMED has developed a comprehensive business plan and organized a crisis team for its coordination, implementation and follow-up. SARMED is constantly updated on all relevant issues from responsible bodies, while participating in institutional bodies such as the Logistics Development and Competitiveness Council and contributing to the adoption and implementation of relevant measures and policies across the industry.
In the context of its integrated business plan, it fully adopts all the rules and guidelines for personal hygiene of the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Organization, ELINYAE and other relevant bodies, as well as taking additional measures, such as follows:
- Perimeter fortification: inspection of incoming persons and objects, installation of protective gear and disinfectants at the entrances of the premises and at other points of interfaces.
- Internal partitioning: defining small indoor units and restricting the movement of employees of each unit strictly within the premises.
- Elimination of internal physical interconnection between compartments: Total isolation of buildings within the complex and segmentation and access control of public spaces, e.g. toilets, kitchens, meeting rooms, etc.
- Teleworking to the maximum extent possible: mainly for administrative staff.
- Extension of shift hours: in order to meet operational needs with shifts that are not interfacing.
- Shift gaps: each shift starts 30 minutes after the previous one expires to avoid interfaces.
- Creating backups: Determining the percentage of employees and transportation vehicles which don’t participate in the operation of the company and utilizing them to replace employees who may be infected by the virus.
- Regular preventive disinfection of all facilities by a specialized external provider and by intensifying internal cleaning services.
- Supply and use of additional prevention equipment: gloves, masks, thermometers.
- Creating an internal climate and a culture of solidarity and responsibility: regular communication, information on measures, encouraging employee participation in tailor-made risk-mitigation proposals, rewarding suggestions, rewarding compliance behavior, providing a helpdesk at the Human Resources Department to support any incidents, etc.