Our partnership with our team members is our most valuable asset, and we are committed to protecting them. Across the company, our Safety teams are working to keep team members healthy and working while complying with applicable safety standards/protocols, regulations, and health orders/mandates. This includes coordination with our Granite COVID-19 Response Team to stay up to date on local, state, and federal requirements, as well as identifying any new areas of risk.
Our worksites are functioning under site-specific safety plans based upon Center for Disease Control (CDC), federal, state, and local guidance as well as contract-specific requirements. In addition, Granite is utilizing continuously updated Employee and Manager Risk/Decision Matrices, which provide detailed steps for exposure scenarios or if someone is experiencing symptoms.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, and social and emotional well-being are essential to overall wellness. Granite urges employees to be proactive with their mental health and reminds them that our employee assistance program offers a free opportunity to talk with a mental health professional.
I know the strength and resourcefulness of our Granite team. Together we will continue to meet the new challenges and demands to build America’s infrastructure because Granite is America’s Infrastructure Company™.
Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality
As America’s Infrastructure Company, safety has been deeply ingrained in our DNA over the past 98 years. We have implemented wide-reaching safety measures to proactively keep our employees, their teams, their families, our business partners, and our communities safe. Wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), adhering to strict safety protocols, and actively keeping ourselves and others safe is what we do.
COVID-19 brings new complexity to our work environment, and our safety culture drives us to continue delivering essential infrastructure for our customers safely. Our goal is to balance the health and safety of our employees while meeting the needs of our customers by maintaining our field operations. Our COVID-19 site-specific safety plans provide guidance tailored to each project and location. We’ve identified COVID-19 champions in all our offices, jobsites, shops, and facilities to ensure safety compliance such as social distancing, performing daily health checks, wearing face masks, cleaning equipment and tools between use, and limiting the sharing of supplies, among other measures. Our COVID-19 champions also communicate applicable public health department guidance to our teams.
Because we are in this together, it is more critical now than ever to support the communities in which we live and work. Across the company, Granite teams have donated PPE (N-95 respirators, face masks, Tyvek suits, and gloves), and meals as our way of saying “thank you” to those on the front lines fighting this virus – hospital teams and first responders. Our Granite Gives team actively supports hospitals, first responders, food banks, shelters, and seniors in the tri-county area near our headquarters in Watsonville, California with monetary and in-kind donations and Granite Green Truck deliveries.