How to fight coronavirus Covid-19 - Call for protective and decontamination equipment producers

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Best practices to fight COVID-19 and save people and your family

Know how it spreads
* There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).
* The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
* The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
* Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 1.5m/5ft).
* Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself
* Clean your hands often
* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 40 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
I* f soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Avoid close contact
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick
* Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others
* Stay home if you’re sick
* Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
* Cover coughs and sneezes
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
* Throw used tissues in the trash.
* Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 40 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
* Wear a facemask if you are sick

If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Call for protective and decontamination equipment producers

Numerous health transformers in the StartUp Health community are working tirelessly on Covid-19 solutions that may be able to save lives in this and future outbreaks. Much more innovation is needed, which is why StartUp Health is looking to invest in innovators from around the world working on direct or indirect solutions for mitigating, managing, or treating coronavirus or future pandemics. StartUp Health is launching an open call for innovation as part of our Cure Disease Moonshot and putting the full support of the StartUp Health platform and network behind bringing your innovations to the world.

Whether you have technologies that may help speed up the R&D process for finding treatments or you have solutions that can help with diagnostics, home care, hygiene or telemedicine, we want to meet you. This is a broad call for innovations that can aid the public, patients, and health professionals alike.

Should your company produce protective and/or decontaminating equipment usable in the fight against Covid-19, please contact Army Recognition Group and submit the information that could be put online for free on our web sites and/or our Defense web TV news channel (Youtube).

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Measures and best practices adopted by some industries to combat Covid-19 outbreak

Thermax, a company headquartered in Pune, has implemented the following measures:
* 24 x 7 HR Assistance: To address any queries or assistance pertaining to the Coronavirus situation, we have introduced a 24x7 HR Assistance mobile number. Instances could be employees stranded during travel, visa issues, guidance on returning to work after illness or quarantine, medical emergencies etc.
* Mandatory Quarantine for 14 days: Employees returning from international travel should mandatorily quarantine themselves by staying at home for 14 days and consultant their Group HR Head/HR Associate before resuming work.
Stay at home if unwell or cases if any in society premises: Those suffering from cold, cough, fever or flu have been asked to compulsorily stay at home, and refrain from coming to the office until they recover. In the situation of any case(s) of Coronavirus being detected in any employee’s society premises, employees should call their Group
HR Head/HR Associate immediately before coming to work.
* Attendance: The biometric machines at all India office locations of Thermax have been deactivated. Hence, we will be marking 100% attendance (auto-approved) for all employees from March 11th till March 31st, 2020. This arrangement will be reviewed on March 31st, 2020.
* Work from Home – Businesses have been empowered to allow work from home. The same has been conveyed to businesses. To support continuity of work, the IT team is continuously working on making necessary resources in place for ex. Security measures, laptops to a few employees, network access for managing applications etc. Communication is sent out to employees regularly on how they can work effectively while being away from their teams.
* Wellness measures at workplace: We have increased the frequency of sanitising all office floors, door handles, elevator buttons and other frequently touched objects. NonContact Infrared Body Ther ometer has been made available at all locations for checking all employees/ visitors entering the company premises. Sanitizers have been placed in elevators and canteen timings have been staggered to avoid crowd. Leave Policy – Any leave/ work from home taken on account of an employee showing symptoms peculiar to Coronavius or being asked to stay at home as a precautionary measure will be on the company’s account and not deducted from their leave kitty.

VE Commercial Vehicles

This is with reference to the communication shared by our MD & CEO on 17" March, 2020. It is imperative that we take immediate measures and therefore Work from Home (WFRH) arrangement is being implemented at VECV till 31 March, 2020. Employees who can avail of the Work from Home facility:
Mandatory WFH Criteria:
1. Who are suffering from health issues, showing flu-like symptoms i.e fever, cough
2. Who has been to a foreign country in the last 14 days
3. Who  certain medical conditions and are prone to catch the infection Discretionary WFH Criteria (Call to be taken by employees)
1. Parents with children aged below 12-years
2. Expecting parents
3. Specially-abled employees
In addition to the above, employees whose roles permit them to work from home will be identified by their function heads.
Work from Home Guidelines:
1. Employees should be available during their respective working hours. Maintain exclusive availability during the work hours, let the team and other stakeholders know your presence
so that they can reach out to you for business as usual
2. Ensure that the deliverables are clearly set, agreed with your manager and updated on an ongoing basis
3. Download the office tools and familiarize yourself with the same, if not used earlier. IT advices are to be followed
All the above measures are being taken to ensure we follow social distancing and minimize external interface to enhance employee and extended family's safety, it is imperative that as
a responsible citizen you stay home and avoid travelling / attending any gatherings/ crowded places etc.
Employees excluded to Work from Home (other than Mandatory WFH Category):
1. Employees in manufacturing & factory locations, parts distribution, COCOs and other essential services across the country will continue to operate to support our customers &
associates subject to strict adherence to various guidelines issued on prevention of the spread of Covid 19.
2. EMT & FMT members are advised to continue to attend office subject to strict adherence to various guidelines issued on prevention of the spread of Covid 19.
We recommend maintaining all forms of social distancing and following advisories.

Initiatives of JM Financial Ltd
• Among the firsts within the Financial Services industry to recognize the challenge and commence WFH for all staff and introduce a total restriction on the use of public transport by the staff and stoppage of all domestic and international travel.
• Clear quarantine guidelines for the staff, applicable even when close family members exposed to risk.
• Transport and parking support to all essential staff at work.
• Remote BCP sites activated to ensure business and client support continuity.
• Proactive and regular updates to the staff clarifying the queries and concerns with a clear and consistent message of the safety of self and family first.
• Strategic committee of all CEOs, HR and Compliance Head of the group working as Command Centre, reviewing situation on real-time basis and providing daily guidance.

MyBox Technologies
Internal Best Practices to reduce business and health risk on account of COVID19
Email (dated 7/3/2020)
We are closely following the advisory from the Ministry of Health, Govt. of India. Following is the Advisory for all employees:
• All meetings that involve more than 5 people should make use of a digital medium.
• All travel is suspended, essential travel may be undertaken with the prior permission of department head
• Employees are advised to avoid public transport and move to pooled cabs among office colleagues
• Employees are encouraged to use hand sanitizers frequently and gargle every 2 hours. These are kept at reception, pantry and prominent locations.
• Sanitize or deep clean your desks frequently
• Any employee having flu-like symptoms or fever should inform respective reporting manager and HR
• Immediately inform HR and contact state-wise helpline numbers (attached) if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

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