dhk’s offices open from 8 June 2020 in adherence to COVID-19 plan protocol
For the duration of South Africa’s nationwide lockdown from 26 March 2020, dhk has successfully managed to work remotely. Being a largely office-based business, our company forms part of the Low Exposure Risk category and is, therefore, able to return to work from 8 June 2020.
Prior to this, we completed a risk assessment of both our Cape Town and Johannesburg offices which provided the relevant guidance as to the measures we should implement to minimize the risk of transmission.
In terms of employer’s responsibilities, dhk has appointed compliance officers to represent each office. Their role is to manage and oversee the implementation of our COVID-19 plan and adherence to protocols. From providing resources such as protective equipment and sanitizers to reducing face-to-face meetings, we have covered all bases in order to minimise exposure risks. Furthermore, we have relayed to all dhk staff their own responsibilities in terms of correct hygiene methods and social distancing best practices.
The following is a brief overview of our COVID-19 plan:
Under Alert Level 3, we will gradually return to the office in shifts. Our offices will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week (those with underlying health conditions will continue to work from home on a full-time basis). dhk’s management team and employees for both offices will be divided into three shifts with no more than 30% of employees in the office each day.
The studio and admin staff will return to work for one day a week and work from home for the remainder of the week. The finance team, 3D team and PR & Communications team will continue to work from home as much as possible.
To safeguard our health further we have implemented various measures, for example:
- The offices have had extensive cleaning.
- We have enforced reduced lift capacity and changed from biometric entry to a card-based access system.
- Our reception areas have been set up with floor markings and desk shields, as well as screening and sanitising stations.
- We have reviewed both offices’ seating plans and adjusted them to ensure that staff are seated a minimum of 1,5m from their colleagues.
- Meeting rooms and tables have been set up with reduced seating to ensure that people are seated not closer than 1,5m apart.
- Sanitizing stations have been set up in bathrooms, kitchens and at printers.
In addition to this, a variety of other policies and procedures have been put in place including revised office hours to ensure employee arrival times are staggered, enforcing staff to wear face masks, policies for workstations and printers, policies for internal and external meetings, as well as site meetings, parking and travel for work, kitchen and food preparation, and COVID-19 training and “toolbox talks’. Furthermore, on the first day of return to the office, all staff will have to go undergo a COVID-19 Health and Safety induction.
dhk executive chairman, Derick Henstra, says “Going digital due to the ongoing pandemic has been an immense test of endurance for many companies within our industry. We are fortunate enough to not only have survived this period of uncertainty but have been able to utilise our resources and technologies to continue to provide a world-class service. Although it has been successful, we are looking forward to being back in the office and kickstarting several exciting new projects. While the pandemic persists, we have to safeguard our health but have no doubt that we will ultimately prevail and emerge stronger”.