Saipem employees in Italy ‘stay at home’, missions abroad canceled over coronavirus fears

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With reference to the confirmed cases of CoronaVirus (Covid-19) to date on Italian territory and in particular in Lombardy, Saipem said today “it has immediately activated itself to guarantee maximum health and safety for its employees, customers and suppliers, in compliance with the indications of the Ministry of Health and the Regions involved.”

CNN reported on Monday that Italian authorities have announced sweeping closures in the country’s north as they scramble to contain Europe’s biggest outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Italy’s confirmed cases surged from three on Friday morning to more than 200 by Monday. The bulk of the cases (167) are in the northern region of Lombardy, whose capital is the city of Milan.

Saipem said since Friday February 21, all employees with residence in the municipalities indicated by the Regions involved have been invited to stay at their home, avoiding social interactions.

Saipem’s Health and Occupational Medicine structure is in contact with all the people involved through a direct communication channel to provide them with prompt indications and the best possible assistance.

In addition, as a further safety action on top of those already in place, the work areas of the Milanese offices have been sanitized during the weekend of February 22 and 23, with specific viricidal and bactericidal products. The same action will be repeated daily in all Saipem workplaces.

At the same time, all missions abroad, to and from risk areas, are canceled and reduced to the minimum.

In addition, through the WHO (World Health Organization), the possible occurrence of further limitations against travelers to and from Italy is monitored and will be promptly notified.

Finally, the company has activated an assessment aimed at reducing the physical presence in the office, while maintaining business continuity.

“We will take care to further communicate and update, both internally and externally, in real time on the situation developments,” Saipem said.

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