Update On COVID-19
May 17, 2022
Intertek’s first priority is always the health, safety and wellbeing of our people and delivering outstanding service levels to our highly-valued customers.
Since 3 February 2020, we have had in place a Covid-19 HSE policy to keep our people and our customers safe and have shared our coronavirus precautions and preparedness with our customers, shareholders and all stakeholders via our website.
The world has made huge progress since the start of the pandemic, including in our scientific understanding of Covid-19 and in the development and implementation of vaccination programmes. That said, Covid-19 continues to be a risk and social distancing and other mandatory restrictions continue to be enforced in certain countries. Details of our current Covid-19 HSE policy and approach are set out below.
Our Commitment to the Health, Safety & Wellbeing of our Employees and our Customers’ Employees
We implemented a specific Covid-19 HSE policy at the very start of the pandemic and have updated that policy regularly, ensuring that the protections we have in place for all our people and our clients have remained current and appropriate as the situation has developed.
True to our commitment to put in place the right protections for our people and our customers at the right time, we have been continuously monitoring developments both in the Covid-19 situation and in scientific understanding of this new virus.
The world has now had two years to learn how to mitigate the risk of the infection; scientific understanding of the virus has greatly improved; vaccination programmes have had significant success; and the recent Omicron strain is a less severe variant. The latest update of our Covid-19 HSE policy reflects this progress whilst continuing to protect our people appropriately, including as follows:
- We encourage our people to consider wearing a face mask if in a confined indoor space at our locations;
- We encourage people to maintain a minimum social distance of 1m/3ft;
- Covid-related precautions for commuting and business travel should be taken in line with applicable laws and regulations;
- Our people must stay at home if they feel unwell and isolate in line with local legal requirements.
Our policy also includes very extensive control, hygiene and prevention measures.
In addition to our Covid-19 HSE policy, we have issued extensive communications to all our people in line with World Health Organisation guidance on how to minimise the risk of viral infection to them and others by taking effective hygiene measures and avoiding situations where the risk of infection could be heightened.
The actions we have taken globally during the pandemic include:
- Issuing face masks to all employees.
- Posters and videos, providing guidance to employees and visitors to Intertek facilities.
- Health alerts and guidance to our colleagues, including a detailed “Novel Coronavirus Control and Prevention Manual”.
- In accordance with this manual, we have hygiene and other protection measures in the workplace, at home and at customer locations for field-based colleagues.
Our Commitment to our Customers
At Intertek, our commitment to health, safety and wellbeing is a foundation which we affirm to all our internal and external stakeholders.
Intertek provides mission-critical quality assurance solutions to its clients to ensure that they can operate with well-functioning supply chains in each of their operations.
We are enormously proud of our Intertek colleagues, whose passion and dedication have enabled us to continue to operate around the world throughout the pandemic. We have Business Continuity Plans fully in place across our operations and we stay in close contact with our customers to mitigate the potential disruption to the supply chains of our customers’ operations.
Never before has health, safety and wellbeing been so vital to every aspect of our lives. Whether at work, shopping, eating out or using public transport, employees and consumers are looking to brands for trust, assurance and peace of mind. Intertek Protek is the world’s first industry-agnostic, end-to-end health, safety and wellbeing assurance programme for people, workplaces and public spaces, offering audits, training, inspection, verification and certification solutions.
Customers can read more about our latest solutions and contact us for immediate assistance here: https://www.intertek.com/
Should customers need further information, please contact your Intertek representative who will assist.