“Looking forward to escaping for a summer holiday this month, but want to ensure the best COVID-19 safety precautions? Knauf Insulation has issued advice for its employees that may provide useful to anyone thinking of taking an August break. The guidelines provide practical measures that can be taken whether you are in an airport, on a flight, in a taxi or settling into a hotel room,” Eline Lhoest says. Philippe Coune, Knauf Insulation’s Group HSE Lead EMEA, said: “We want everyone to be As Safe As Home when they are away and come back from their holidays with nothing more than great memories.” respecting local regulations Patrice Briol, the Group HR and HSE Director, added: “Taking care of yourself on holiday and respecting local regulations ensures you take care of your colleagues, friends and family when you come back.” The travel advice includes: Making rooms safer In holiday accommodation wipe door handles, light switches and remote controls and avoid using hotel glasses. Remove bed ‘comforters’ and decorative pillows. Hang the ‘Do not disturb’ sign on the outside door handle to avoid people entering the room. Keeping your distance It is important to maintain a physical distance to other people of at least 1.5 metres; respect distancing and direction floor markings as well as politely decline handshakes. Ensuring low passenger numbers In hired transfers or taxis, it is important to transport the lowest number of passengers possible. If a car or bus is full wear a mask. Wearing a mask when necessary Many countries have introduced rules that require the wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces such as busy shopping areas, buses, trains, shops or on planes. When wearing a mask ensure the mouth and nose are fully covered. Opening windows In rental cars, taxis or holiday accommodation, open windows whenever possible to ventilate enclosed spaces. Cleaning surfaces Clean any surface that may be touched such as steering wheels, gear levers or entertainment and navigation systems in hired cars or in-flight touch screens, arm rests and trays on board aircraft. Keeping hands clean Hands need to be washed regularly for at least 20 seconds and sanitizer should always be carried. Mobile devices must be kept clean with sanitizer. Assessing a destination risk Countries are denoted as ‘Red warning level 3’ (avoid all non-essential travel to these destinations); ‘Yellow alert level 2’ (additional precautions required) or ‘Green watch level 1’ (practice usual precautions). Assess carefully the appropriate travel risks.
The campaign highlights how everyone at the company must continue to take an uncompromising approach to health and safety as Knauf Insulation adjusts to a new working environment shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Knauf Insulation’s CEO Jean-Claude Carlin, said: “Knauf Insulation must always be ‘As Safe As Home’ and this new campaign underlines everything that we have learnt from the COVID crisis.” Well-Being of colleagues “Safety has always been our first priority but when the crisis hit our business, it inspired the best in us. We learnt to create places that are safer than ever. Safety had to be everywhere for everyone. At home. At work. 24/7. Having achieved so much, this approach can now never be compromised.” The company has gained a greater understanding of how compassion, solidarity and care The reality of the pandemic has been that health and safety measures such as social distancing, attention to air quality, surface cleanliness and hygiene save lives, he said. In addition, the company has gained a greater understanding of how compassion, solidarity and care are fundamental to the protection of the company’s community and the mental well-being of colleagues. New way of working Knauf Insulation Group HR and HSE Director Patrice Briol said: “We have all learned a great deal from this crisis and these lessons must inform everything that we do at Knauf Insulation, today and tomorrow.” “The world has changed and the demands on health and safety are greater than ever, but as we adjust to a new way of working we must be uncompromising in our commitment to each other. There is nothing that cannot be done safely and nothing more important than the health and well-being of our colleagues. ‘As Safe As Home’ is a constant reminder that we must always care for what is really important — each other. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, at home and at work.”