As COVID-19 has spread from China to Europe, the United States and around the globe, it has begun to have a debilitating impact on manufacturing, distribution, supply chains, and the workforce in general here in the United States. 

First and most importantly, experts say the concern must be for employee’s health and well-being and we couldn’t agree more. The situation is fluid, but the good news is that the risk of transmission for those people employed that work outside is still low but is evolving, according to OSHA.

The building industry must prepare for the effects of COVID-19 and mitigate the potential harm to workers and projects. There are some simple initial steps that we as contractors and you as building owners and owners’ representatives can take to safeguard employees, tenants, and contractors.

The best approach is prevention.

Highland Commercial Roofing feels it is important to share with you what we are doing to help keep everyone safe and to keep business in your buildings running.

Education and Training:

The following protocols are in place at Highland Commercial Roofing to minimize the impact on your employees and tenants and our crews.

  • All Highland employees in our offices are separated for personal safety, but working together as always to serve our customers.
  • Daily Tailgate talks covering personal hygiene requirements with all crews
  • Heightened cleaning and disinfecting procedures of tools passed between employees.
  • Implement a 100% glove use policy for all field workers from start of the day 
  • Elimination of social interaction with building occupants, or when necessary keeping a six-foot distance.
  • Use of ladders where appropriate to keep our crews outside of your building.
  • Suspend all non-essential travel for employees until further notice.
  • Communicate a current fit-for-duty policy, including the requirement to provide a return-to-work authorization form if seen by a physician
  • Continue to monitor information from the CDC, WHO and state and local governments regarding recommended precautions.

Business Impact:

A negative impact on the supply chain is to be expected as mass public quarantines, curfews and travel restrictions are implemented to help fight the spread of the virus. Here is how you can stay ahead of anticipated price increases: 

  • Contract your jobs in order to protect your pricing and secure project materials.
  • Highland Commercial Roofing’s buying power allows us to secure materials now to help minimize pricing swings in the future.
  • Keep your roof watertight to prevent leaks which can result in unsafe conditions inside your building.
    • Emergency Leak Service crews are available to assist you in all Highland geographic locations: 
      • Southern California
      • Northern California
      • Arizona
      • Nevada
      • Oregon
      • Washington

Highland Commercial Roofing is committed to helping you and your business through this global pandemic while maintaining our focus on providing protection to our customers and our employees!