It goes without saying that COVID-19 (coronavirus) has well and truly disrupted all aspects of our lives. Here at Hydrobiology, our focus firmly remains on two things: keeping our staff healthy and safe across all our operations and the ongoing servicing of our clients’ needs. Despite the current business landscape, we’re passionate about delivering world-class marine and aquatic science and remain optimistic, cognisant that disruption sparks opportunity. In addition to strictly following Government and Health advice, and swiftly adapting to policies or protocols as they emerge, Hydrobiology is settling into its new normal and tackling COVID-19 head on by:
– Work from Home is now in full effect. Whilst our offices remain open for essential business activities (in accordance with government policies), our workforce is now settled in and productively working from home.
– Virtual catchups, meetings and workshops are now in full swing, and provide the perfect platform for maintaining business continuity and encouraging general wellness.
Health and Hygiene
– Despite our virtual reality, health and hygiene remain key considerations. Staff are encouraged to have their 2020 influenza immunisation shot at their earliest convenience and maintain vigilant personal hygiene.
– Staff who present with cold or flu-like symptoms are encouraged to immediately self-isolate and seek medical advice, including COVID-19 testing.
– Hand sanitizers have been installed across our offices and staff who continue with ‘essential in-office business’ are actively utilising them.
– Workstations are being kept extra clean, antibacterial wipes and sprays have been provided to facilitate this.
– Our proven track record of innovation continues to rally, as we seek alternate methods to action project requirements.
– Our formal HSEQ and JSEA documentation have been updated to include specific COVID-19 preventative protocols.
– All field staff are now undertaking precautionary quarantine measures, and strictly adhere to project and client COVID-19 directives.
– International travel has been postponed. We continue to monitor advice in accordance with Federal advice.
– Domestic travel is undertaken in accordance with Federal, State and Territory Government advice.
As we adapt to our new normal, we remain optimistic, cognisant that disruption sparks opportunity. Our focus firmly remains on keeping our staff healthy and safe and facilitating business continuity. If we can provide world-class marine and aquatic science via innovative methods, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We hope you all stay healthy, safe and productive during these unprecedented times.
The Hydrobiology Team