My Dear Colleagues
As members of the ANSA McAL Family, your safety and well being are our primary concern.
As such, given this extraordinary time, we have been closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and note with grave concern that proven instances of the illness are on the rise in the region.
I have made a personal commitment to secure the well being of our people and do whatever is feasible in these extraordinary times to protect the ANSA McAL family.
I have formed the ANSA McAL Crisis Management Team, who have been diligently working behind the scenes to best protect us against COVID-19.
This is not a time to panic, but certainly a time as a family to be proactive, take the necessary precautions and play a part in protecting ourselves and each other.
Cascading plans and actions are being developed and implemented by our Management and leadership teams across our companies and territories that ANSA McAL operates.
It is important to note that our Group HSSE team first issued a group-wide ‘Coronavirus Protocol for the ANSA McAL Group’ on the 2nd March 2020.
So, here is what we know. The situation was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The message from WHO was unequivocal – that humanity’s success in tackling coronavirus effectively is heavily dependent on the actions that organisations take over the next few days to help slow down its spread and avoid overloading health care systems.
Expert advice states that two things must be achieved to stop the spread of this highly infectious illness:
We also know that the elderly and those with certain pre-existing medical conditions are at grave risk.
As a result, here is how we are addressing the current situation and the proactive steps we are taking to minimize any negative repercussions to the realization of our mission.
Note that these measures will be managed through your respective MDs/GMs, HSSE and Sector HR Managers.
PROTOCOL FOR EMPLOYEES RETURNING FROM ABROAD:
Taking effect on Monday 16th March 2020, Managers will be required to make necessary provisions to allow staff to work remotely with special consideration for the following:
NOTE: The HR Department at Head Office will determine, by virtue of the nature of jobs WHO can work from home and WHAT minimal presence is required.
Head Office will also determine the leave classification and administration under this category – “WORKING FROM HOME”.
This exercise will take place on Monday 16th March 2020.
CHILD CARE NEEDS:
Considering the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago’s announcement of the closure of all schools in Trinidad and Tobago during the week of Monday 16th March – Friday 20th March 2020, we have asked our GMs/MDs/Managers to exercise discretion by allowing colleagues who have childcare needs to work from home during this period only.
PROTOCOLS AS IT RELATES TO THE PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON SCHOOL CLOSURE:
These requirements may expand as we work through this exercise.
A central register will be kept at Head Office of all persons who have been approved to work from home.
The absolutely critical thing now for us, is to ensure your safety AND that of your children/family, whilst we finalize HR policies.
PROCEDURE FOR ANY EMPLOYEE DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS AT WORK:
The following guidelines are provided if you suspect you have the COVID-19 virus at work and must be followed to ensure there is no cross-contamination and to avoid the spread of the virus to other members of staff:
Additionally, though we are confident that you are all briefed on the Do’s and Don’ts of the Coronavirus, as an added precaution and for your benefit, we have developed the ANSA McAL Employee Guidelines, Prevention and Protocol – COVID-19. I ask that you familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations embedded, which now dictates our way of life.
Colleagues, I am acutely aware that these changes to our working arrangements will have an impact on our lives. None of these measures have been taken without careful thought and consideration for safety first, and what this will mean for all us here in our Group.
Further information and regular updates will follow from my office. This will include additional details and shifting protocols being put in place to help protect all of us as we navigate this astonishing period in the world.
I hope you will agree that these measures are the right thing to do and have been developed based on the latest scientific and medical advice and are designed to protect our safety, our families’ safety and the safety of Trinidad and Tobago and wherever we operate in the region. They also demonstrate ANSA McAL’s leadership as a responsible, purpose-led business.
Now, more than ever we need to stay calm, be resourceful and focus on supporting each other.
I know that we will get through this TOGETHER.
ANTHONY N SABGA III
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER