As you are aware, any major crisis at any level tends to be disruptive. During times of intense disruption, like the COVID-19 pandemic that we are now experiencing, we must be prepared to

• Navigate the immediate risks posed by the crisis prudently to emerge with minimal damage and
• Evolve new strategies for a post-crisis world that might look distinctly different from the world we live in today.

While one must to be cautious about managing the challenges posed by the pandemic, it is not all doom and gloom! Every crisis is also an opportunity to earn the trust and credibility of our customers, partners, community, and family by helping them deal with the crisis.
As a trusted and professional partner as well as a loyal service provider to your esteemed organization, Environmental International Consultants (EIC) would like to share with you a few thoughts on how we can work together to tide over this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient.
Please consider the following actions in this context.

1. Minimize Exposure:

Minimize your employee’s exposure by changing over to ‘Work from Home’ (WFH) model. A number of web meeting sites such as MS Team, Amazon Chime or Skye Business or Zoom apps are available for ensuring that the WFH is more productive and valuable. Where WFH is not applicable and staff must work in the plant or field site or facility, you may consider reduced work hours or a rotating work pattern to minimize the COVID 19 exposure to your workers

2. Maintain safe isolation barriers to COVID 19

Provide proper hand sanitizing and deep disinfection facilities at your office/work places and maintain social distancing norm by physically marking a safe distance of atleast 2 m between individuals.

3. Avoid large gathering:

This is the time to avoid large gatherings or meetings and even classroom trainings. Instead choose web-based e-learning modules and conduct live meetings on the many available conferencing platforms. 

4. Raising awareness is half the battle won against COVID 19:

Conduct COVID 19 awareness sessions and mental health or stress management sessions for your staff, both WFH and site based as it is well known that the anxiety and stress levels shoot up significantly under such severe lockdown periods.

5. Internal and External communications:

Notify clear COVID 19 suspected cases to the local Regulatory authorities e.g. in case of Dubai, please notify the Dubai Health Authority on 800342 and in case of Abu Dhabi, Ministry of health And Prevention on 80011111.
Follow regulatory isolation or quarantine norms in case any employee travelled abroad in the last 14 days or any suspect worker or subcontractor was tested positive etc.

6. Develop a Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is a plan that outlines processes and systems to help you prevent and recover from potential threats to your business. The plan ensures your employees and assets are protected and will be able to recover quickly in the event of a disaster.

7. Reach out to your vendors:

Some of these could be small businesses as well and could be facing their own hardships. Help them by conducting web-based sessions on how to manage COVID 19 pandemic safely. Wherever requested, provide them with PPE and ensure social distancing norms if they must work at your site. Help minimize their travel to your office or facilities by adjusting the contractual obligations.

Make your supply chain agile and resilient by switching over to local vendors wherever practicable and feasible so that you can minimize the risk of supply disruptions,

In case you need any assistance in managing the response to COVID 19 including developing a Business Continuity Plan or training your staff or your contractors, EIC experts will be more than happy to provide you such services at short notice.

Assuring you of our continued cooperation and support.

Stay Safe & Let us overcome this crisis successfully through our collective efforts.