• Carlisle Maxwell O'Brien

STSSC Safety Measures for COVID-19

Dear Valued Partners, As the COVID-19 virus disrupts many in our industry we at SOUTH TEXAS STEEL, after conferring with health advisors and other business leaders, has taken the following steps in the prevention and spread of the COVID-19 virus. We believe the next 14 days is critical and be rest assured we have a vested interest in the safety and health of our team members, customers and the general public. The SOUTH TEXAS STEEL’s management staff will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) through information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the various federal & local governmental agencies. Regarding the current public health threat of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), and with the objective of supporting precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, SOUTH TEXAS STEEL has implemented the following measures. The precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus includes:

  1. Eliminate unnecessary foot traffic. We have asked our suppliers and service providers to contact us by telephone or email instead of coming to our facilities for the next 14 days. All employees should contact other employees using the telephone or email as much as possible to reduce face to face interactions.

  2. Washing of hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, we will use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-90% alcohol. This will include prior to each employee and customer visit.

  3. Wipe down/clean all contact surfaces and objects while on customer premises that we may come into contact. Clean commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, and desks). Additional steps taken as part of SOUTH TEXAS STEEL response & COVID-19 policy:

  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  5. Exercise social distancing, of six feet or greater, when on or around customers and staff to the highest degree possible. Apply the social distancing to your home life as well by reducing the places you go and the people you interact with.

  6. Avoid personal contact, such as hand shaking, close seating in meeting / office layout.

  7. Provided and reviewed all relevant notices from the Center of Disease Control and federal/local governmental agencies.

Any team member who appears to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work, become sick during the day or has self-identified will be sent home immediately and asked to follow all local health department guidelines prior to returning to work. Also, if you have knowingly come in contact with someone who has the virus or could potentially have it, please self-quarantine at home until you can be certain that they/you have not been infected. Suspended all non-essential business travel until further notice. Implemented alternative methods such as on-line webinars and video conference calls.

As a valued partner you can be assured, we are committed to adhering to these expectations coupled with timely and transparent communications. We are committed to ensure that our combined efforts are effective as possible in supporting a safe and uninterrupted workplace. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times as we strive to keep our team members and communities safe and virus free. Sincerely, Michael Means Michael Means

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