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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for Midland Brick’s employees, contractors and customers

At Midland Brick, we are closely monitoring developments in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we are taking measures to help manage the risk of spreading the virus.

 

As a subsidiary of Boral, Midland Brick have a dedicated internal COVID-19 task force and we are relying on expert advice, including information provided by Boral’s international medical and travel security services provider International SOS, as well as advice from specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks.

 

We have protocols in place including business travel restrictions, which we are updating regularly, including requirements for employees and contractors whose work includes being on Boral sites, to be quarantined for fourteen days before returning to work if they have visited an affected country, as designated by Boral from time to time.

 

To learn more about Boral’s protocols and practices for employees and contractors please refer to the following documents:

 

If you work for Midland Brick or Boral and would like a copy of Boral’s Frequently Asked Questions, please ask your manager or email: covid19@boral.com.au.

 

We are also working to ensure we are as prepared as we can be around business continuity planning including minimising our supply chain risks and business disruption, and strengthening our remote working capabilities.

 

We have identified business critical processes, including in our manufacturing operations and distribution as well as in our finance and IT functions such as accounts payable and payroll. We have contingency planning underway including planning for staff absenteeism and planning to minimise any potential supply disruption to customers. We do not rely on a single data centre or IT facility.

 

Some customers have asked about where our products are manufactured and if it is safe to accept Midland Brick products onto their sites. Midland Brick’s products are predominantly sourced and manufactured locally in the country in which they are sold. For example, Midland Brick’s construction materials are sourced from our local quarry operations in Western Australia. While we do source some equipment from overseas, expert advice is that the primary spread of the virus is through close, unprotected and direct contact with an infected person. There is currently no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 through imported goods.

 

Some customers have also asked if we expect any supply shortages and if we have alternate locations to supply customers from if a site is impacted by COVID-19. At this stage Midland Brick’s main facility in Middle Swan is operating as normal, and there are no changes to our supply. We will provide updates in the event these circumstances do change. While our business continuity plans are confidential documents, if you are a customer and would like to better understand the way we operate and how we are managing the risks of COVID-19 in Midland Brick, please contact your sales representative and a meeting or a discussion can be arranged.

 

If you are planning a meeting with a member of the Midland Brick team in the coming weeks we will completely understand if you would prefer to conduct the meeting electronically. Our employees will also be seeking to confirm whether external meetings can be conducted electronically. If meetings are conducted in person our staff are empowered to seek confirmation that all those in attendance are free from flu like symptoms and exposure to infected members of our community.

 

We would appreciate our customers letting us know straight away if you have any reason to suspect the virus may be on your site. We will then make alternative arrangements to minimise the risk of exposing our people and spreading the virus.

 

For more information or to provide feedback to Boral on COVID-19, please email: covid19@boral.com.au