Posted by Jaime Brown | 28/04/2020
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28 has particular significance this year as we face a global pandemic. Jaime Brown, Senior Director Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) explains how Elanco is working to safeguard its teams.
It wasn’t too long ago that flexible working was seen as a ‘perk of the job’. Today, working from home is the norm for our office and field based employees in order to protect the health of us all.
Employers have faced a critical few weeks, rapidly putting new policies and working practices in place to keep their people and businesses safe.
For Elanco, the necessity to continue operating is without question; we need to maintain the health and welfare of livestock, help protect human health and ensure an affordable food supply. We must also make sure our pets remain healthy companions in these times of isolation.
So the health and well-being of our employees, customers, animals and the communities in which we operate is paramount.
Much of our employee base has been working remotely since March 13, within days of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. But we’re finding new ways to connect with partners via webinars, video conferences and other remote options.
Those employees carrying out vital work in labs and at our manufacturing sites to meet our commitment to innovation and the supply of products cannot work from home. We have implemented strict working conditions, which we are constantly updating to provide safe working environments.
These strange times have provided real clarity about who we are and what we stand for. At Elanco, we have a duty to be responsible stewards of our company’s resources and set the standard for how an organisation should operate. That means striving to do the right thing, always.
Our new internal programme, ‘Do It right’, will make it easier for all our teams across the business to make the right choices. Through ‘Do It Right’, we’ll help keep our global workforce up-to-date on all aspects of health and safety at work, to ensure absolute compliance with the relevant regulations, policies and procedures that govern our business.
The current situation is a strong reminder of the importance of community and that we all have a duty to keep one another safe and healthy. When all this is over, it’s important that we don’t forget that.