vda® is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak. Our first priority is to ensure that we are continuing to promote a safe and healthy work environment, both within our own facilities, as well as during Client and/or site visits, when required.

vda® requires that if an employee is planning personal travel to areas listed as Level 3 or higher in the CDC’s travel guidelines, they are required to speak with their manager prior to their trip, as well as prior to their return to the office, to determine the appropriate return to work protocol at that time. A current list of COVID-19 Risk Assessment Levels and other travel notices can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. The intent of this policy is to require persons returning from travel from high risk locations to comply with the current CDC recommendations as of their date of travel return. Currently, this is a 14-day self-quarantine and social distancing routine further described in the CDC website. However, the CDC recommendations are always subject to change and need to be monitored for updates.

In addition, vda® requires its employees to stay at home if they feel sick. If it is suspected that an employee may have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, the employee is only permitted to return to work after complying with the then current CDC guidelines.

As North America’s premier elevator consulting firm, we’ve dealt with various emergencies and challenges in the past, successfully! vda® has invested a tremendous amount of resources to ensure that 90% plus of our professional and support staff are fully equipped to work remotely from either home offices or alternate locations, as needed. Due to our extensive investment in the development of our cloud-based IT systems, we can continue to fully support our Clients and continue work on our projects throughout this present crisis.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime.