COVID-19 Memo to Staff

March 13, 2020by Media
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Memo to Staff: What BSNC Is Doing

Many employees are understandably concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, the health and safety of BSNC shareholders, employees and the communities in which we work and live remain BSNC’s top priority. While the overall risk to the public is currently low, BSNC is taking this pandemic and its disruptions to our employees’ lives very seriously.

BSNC activated its Crisis Management Team in early March. This team meets on a daily basis to monitor and respond to updates that are coming in from project sites across Alaska, the U.S. and the world. While BSNC is not currently experiencing any significant disruption to its business operations, BSNC is prepared with resources to continue providing optimal and uninterrupted service to our customers. BSNC is ready to adjust its guidance to employees in response to new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health agencies regarding this pandemic.

BSNC will continuously update its employees through email and on BSNC’s COVID-19 public resource webpage at www.beringstraits.com/covid-19-update/. Should you have any questions, please consult your manager or feel free to email at health@bsnc.net.

We ask all employees to cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases in the workplace. Employees are reminded of the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

Create a household plan:

  • Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community, it is important to identify the needs ofeach individual at home and to plan for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
  • Communicate with your neighbors about emergency planning.
  • Designate a separate room and commodities for those who get sick.
  • Be prepared for childcare facilities to be temporarily dismissed as well as changes at your workplace setting.
  • Create an emergency contact list.

If a COVID-19 outbreak does occur in your community, here is some interim guidance provided by the CDC:

  • Practice social distancing by limiting close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet).
  • Stay at home from work, school and all other activities when you are sick.
  • Stay away from others who are sick.
  • If possible, sick household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom.
  • Discourage kids and teens from gathering in public places and in groups if school is dismissed.

Safety is a core company value and top priority. BSNC reserves the right to adopt additional policies and procedures on a case-by-case basis. As we move forward, we thank you for your care and for taking necessary precautions.

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