The health and well-being of our people, our clients and our communities is of paramount importance. With the evolving concerns over Coronavirus / COVID-19 and in the spirit of transparency, we are proactively sharing our response plan. Our top priorities continue to be the health and wellbeing of our team as well as ensuring business continuity at this time.
Working from home
Our team has been advised to consider working from home wherever possible. As a business, we are very well set-up to maintain project continuity by adopting this approach with the necessary infrastructure, systems and support available.
A centralised team for communication
We have a response team who are in constant communication with our people — regularly monitoring the situation and evaluating our approach as it evolves. Our project managers are committed to working in partnership with our clients to ensure any project or client specific measures are implemented. Where practical, our team will be using virtual, video or audio capabilities for project and company communications.
We have implemented restrictions on international travel and limitations on domestic travel. Travel for project work will continue in close consultation with our clients, and decisions on logistics made on a project by project basis.
EMM will continue to monitor, adopt and promote measures as recommended by our Commonwealth and State Governments. In our offices we have raised awareness via emails and visual signs to promote increased personal hygiene measures (including distribution of hand sanitisers throughout office spaces) and also encouraged social distancing in meetings and within the office space itself. We continue to monitor and action these messages from our Government health authorities.
If an employee is exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, our people are aware that they must follow the procedures below.
- If an employee is exposed to someone with COVID-19 they are to report it to EMM’s National WHS Leader or Divisional Leader. In line with government requirements, they are then required to ‘self isolate’ and stay home for 14 days
- If an employee suspects they have COVID-19, they are to report it to EMM’s National WHS Leader or Divisional Leader. In line with government requirements, they are then required to ‘self isolate’ and stay home for 14 days and then they must also be cleared by a doctor to return to work with confirmation that there is no ongoing diagnosis of COVID-19 or risk of being contagious.
- If an employee becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms they should still see a local GP to discuss symptoms and undertake testing as directed.
As per Government advice, there is no need for anyone to be tested for Coronavirus unless they develop fever, cough, runny nose, and shortness of breath or other symptoms and have travelled overseas to the high risk countries in the 14 days before developing symptoms. Our recommendation is to extend this to those who have been in contact with someone who has travelled overseas to high risk areas.
EMM is absolutely committed to keeping its staff safe and to delivering for our clients. We maintain a focus in providing clear, open and frequent communication with all of our people and our clients during this time.
For further information about EMM’s approach please contact our National WHS Leader, Claire Bolton.