Updates COVID-19

We are facing an exceptional situation and exceptional measures are required. Now is the moment to prove that we fully understand our role in the local community. Our number one responsibility is towards our employees and their families. Because our employees, their families along with their friends and relatives, they represent the community. We are the community. Together.

We implemented operational, administrative and health-related protocols and procedures inside ALRO premises in order to ensure the health of our employees, prevent infections in our premises, ensure a continuous supply for our clients and mitigate the negative consequences of this pandemic.

We decided to offer our support to Slatina Emergency County Hospital in order to help the medical staff in their fight against coronavirus. Other funds have been allocated to the law enforcement authorities and Red Cross, which are in the frontline in this battle. 

 At the current stage of the pandemic, ALRO is operating at normal parameters and has a fully operational supply chain.  

 

 10 June 2020: ALRO continues the COVID-19 prevention and impact mitigation program by implementing additional safety measures

• The Company has introduced thermal scanning systems in its locations’ access points that allow personnel’s entry only if the body temperature is below 37.3 degrees

•  The staff’s working program has been organized in shifts to reduce the interaction between employees from different departments, and where activity allows it, the Work from Home program was extensively implemented

• The Company has extended its preventive measures protocols and procedures to its suppliers and partners, by monitoring the health of their employees that interact with ALRO’s personnel

• ALRO continued to support the fight against COVID-19 and remained one of the pillars of those in the front lines through additional donations in protective equipment and money

The access on the Company's premises is allowed after the personnel’s body temperature is checked through cameras placed at the gates’ area,  the divisions’ work schedules were changed to minimise contact between employees, an extended Work From Home program has been implemented and additional rest breaks were introduced in special designed places according to the authorities’ guidelines and recommendations, where wearing a mask is not mandatory, thus ensuring that the personnel can freely breathe to keep a normal oxygen level within their bodies. 

"The strict protocols and procedures designed to protect the health of our employees and create a safe work environment have proved to be effective, both in preventing infections and in securing the continuity of our operations" said Gheorghe DOBRA, Chief Executive Officer of ALRO, Slatina. "The new implemented preventive measures have the role of increasing the safety level in which we carry out our activities and to ensure that each of us returns home healthy to our loved ones", added Gheorghe DOBRA.

ALRO has implemented complex protocols and procedures since the outbreak of the COVID-19 health crisis, in coordination with the central and local authorities and compliance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization for industrial sites. All employees received protective medical materials and equipment and were instructed on how to prevent COVID-19 infections, factory areas are cleaned, sanitized and disinfected regularly, recommendations for physical distance and hygiene measures were visually marked on the premises, plexiglass panels were installed in certain areas, and the Company performes preventive real-time tests.

From an incipient phase of COVID-19 crisis outbreak, ALRO has also implemented contingency plans simulating the case of one or more employees are infected with COVID-19, thus ensuring that the operations are not disrupted and the Company remains fully operational and delivers on time.

Moreover, ALRO has its own private Fire Brigade, which is fully operational inside the production facility, as well as its own healthcare office and during the past months benefited from substantial support from its affiliated security company, Rivergate. All these entities are in full alert 24/7.

So far, the Company has also supported efforts to prevent and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 by donating over RON 440,000 and protective equipment, reflective vests and video thermo-scanners to Slatina County Emergency Hospital, the Romanian Red Cross, Olt and the International Police Association of Romania, Olt. Furthermore, ALRO also supported Bucharest Fundeni Hospital with RON 30,000 for the acquisition of testing equipment for medical staff and patients.

ALRO continues to monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 health crisis and acts with caution and quick and decisive actions both within the Company, by extending the health alert status within its premises and the prevention measures implemented, as well as concerning its suppliers and partners through specific measures and activities.

 

30 April 2020: ALRO tests its most exposed employees for COVID-19

• The Company has its own healthcare office, opened 24/7 that constantly monitors the health of its staff;

• ALRO is currently analysing to provide to its employees’ transport from home to work and back to avoid usage of public transportation;

• All the comprehensive procedures and protocols implemented until now ensured that the operations were not disrupted and the supply chain is managed as scheduled.

„ We experience exceptional times when exceptional measures need to be taken in order to ensure that all our employees work in a safe environment and go home healthy to their families. This is the reason why we decided to implement even more and stricter procedures and protocols, to test employees who are the most exposed to being infected and to ensure that everyone working at ALRO or coming in contact with our employees is safe”, said Gheorghe DOBRA, Chief Executive Officer ALRO Slatina. “Ever since this pandemic started, we put in place very strict protocols and procedures within ALRO premises aimed at preventing infection in our locations, protecting our employees and securing a fully functional supply chain and, thus we managed to keep our operations on-going”, added Gheorghe DOBRA.

ALRO implemented comprehensive protocols and procedures, in coordination with the central and local authorities and with the observance of the World Health Organization’ recommendations for industrial sites since an incipient phase of this pandemic situation. All employees received medical and protective supplies and equipment, such as face masks, gloves, overalls and were instructed how to act to prevent their infection with COVID-19. All areas of the plant are permanently cleaned, sanitized and disinfected. The employees are required to periodically (frequency vary function of the job area) declare their health status or any contact with potentially infected persons.

The Company is also analysing to provide to its employees’ transport from home to work and back to avoid usage of public transportation and thus to mitigate even more the risk of infection. 

ALRO has implemented contingency plans simulating the case of one or more employees infected with COVID-19 and thus ensuring that the operations are not disrupted and the company remains fully operational and delivers on time.

ALRO has its own private Fire Brigade which is fully operational inside the production facility, as well as its own healthcare office and benefited from a solid support from its affiliated security company, Rivergate. All these entities are in full alert 24/7.

 

2 April 2020: ALRO takes actions to prevent COVID-19 effects and donates RON 400,000 to Slatina Emergency County Hospital

• The Company undertook all the needed steps to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 effects and to protect the health of its employees while securing a constant supply to its business partners;

• ALRO acknowledges once more its main role within the local community and donates RON 400,000 to Slatina Emergency County Hospital to support the first defence shield in the fight against coronavirus;

• ALRO donated RON 25,000 to the Romanian Red Cross, Olt and almost RON 18,000 to the International Romanian Association of Police, Olt.

“We face an exceptional situation which require decisive actions. Now is the time to prove that we understand our role in the local community.  Our greatest responsibility is towards our employees and their families. Because our employees, their families, together with their friends and relatives, they are the community. We are the community. Together.  

We decided to give our support to the local emergency hospital in Slatina, to help the medical staff in its fight against the coronavirus. Other resources have been directed to the law enforcement authorities, Red Cross, which are in the frontline of the fight”, said Gheorghe DOBRA, Chief Executive Officer ALRO Slatina.

“We have put in place operational, administrative and health protocols and procedures within ALRO premises to secure the health of our employees, to prevent infection in our locations, to ensure a steady supply for our clients and to mitigate the negative consequences derived from this global pandemic”, added Gheorghe DOBRA.

ALRO’s contribution to Slatina Emergency County Hospital will help the medical staff to procure the medical supplies needed for both medical staff and patients, thus ensuring the proper working conditions for the efficient crisis management of the COVID-19 cases. In parallel, the Company’s donations to Romanian Red Cross will ensure the funds needed to acquire the hygiene products and food for the persons under lockdown in their homes due to COVID-19 aggressiveness.

Another critical component in the fight against fast spreading COVID-19 is represented by the County and Local Police. ALRO provided support to the police force in Olt County area with protective equipment (i.e. face masks and overalls), high visibility reflective jackets and body-video-cameras used for limiting the spread of coronavirus.

In respect of the actions taken to prevent COVID-19 spread within its facilities, starting from an early stage of this pandemic crisis, ALRO has implemented an Emergency and Coordination Committee with the main role to supervise and monitor the health condition of all employees, with main focus that all sanitization and disinfection measures are properly implemented within the entire organization.

Among the comprehensive operational and administrative measures implemented within the entire organization there are:

• medical and protective supplies and equipment, like face masks, gloves, overalls are distributed to all employees;

• new protocols and procedures have been designed and implemented in the plants, in coordination with the central and local authorities, and with the observance of the World Health Organization’ recommendations for industrial sites;

• strict measures of cleaning, sanitization and disinfection of the locker rooms, common areas, cafeteria, offices were implemented;

• all the areas inside and outside production facilities are permanently disinfected;

• disinfectant dispensers were placed in the access points, cafeterias; cooked meals have been replaced with cold meals for our employees to avoid collective interactions at the canteens;

• all employees were instructed how to act to prevent their infection with COVID-19 and have to report daily their health status;

• split/ rotational shifts have been implemented to minimize interaction;

• employees’ health condition is checked daily before starting the work;

• contingency plans have been already simulated for the case when one or more employees are infected with COVID-19 and thus the Company ensured that the operations are not disrupted;

• business trips have been reduced to an absolute minimum and participation in events of all kinds has been suspended;

• visits to the production facilities site were reduced to minimum;

• the Company had implemented remote work for employees, where possible;

• the recommendations for drivers and relevant transport-related undertakings involved in freight transport following the COVID-19 outbreak as published by European Commission were already implemented within the Company;

• as a result, for the current phase of this pandemic, ALRO is operating in normal parameters and has a supply chain fully operational.

 ALRO has its own private Fire Brigade which is fully operational inside the production facility, as well as its own healthcare office and benefited from a solid support from its affiliated security company, Rivergate. All these entities are in full alert 24/7.  

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