Fujifilm is closely monitoring and responding to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic to minimize its impact on our workforce, products and supply chain. Our number one priority is the safety of our customers, employees and the broader community.
In response, Fujifilm Americas formed a Public Health Response Committee in January to monitor developments concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. The Committee has been meeting daily to review the most up-to-date information, and to put measures in place to help safeguard our workforce and business. The Committee is also being advised by an outside Infectious Diseases Specialist and is implementing the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Specific Business Continuity Plans are being further developed to respond to this rapidly developing situation. Currently, we are not experiencing significant disruptions in our ability to service our customers, however, we cannot rule out the possibility that developments, beyond our control, may impact our ability to perform.
Below are specific procedures that Fujifilm has implemented in order to maintain a safe workforce, while continuing business as much as is prudent and supportive of government and public officials during this time of international emergency.
COVID-19 SOP for Visits to Medical Facilities: In response to COVID-19 outbreak, our service team is taking additional steps to ensure continued service for Fujifilm products and solutions during this critical time. All Fujifilm staff servicing medical facilities have been adequately instructed on the precautions they should take to protect themselves and their customers according to OSHA guidelines and CDC recommendations. Workers have been instructed to follow facilities requirements and CDC recommendations, including practicing good hand hygiene, instruction on disinfecting equipment with effective cleaners in line with EPA and CDC recommendations, as well as training in when and how to use personal protective equipment.
International Travel: For the health and safety of our workers, Fujifilm has instructed the suspension of all international business travel. If a Fujifilm worker is returning from personal or business travel from a designated high risk country, they will be instructed to self-monitor and self-quarantine for 14 days.
All Other Travel (domestic and other countries not included in the CDC travel advisory list): We have limited all other business trips, including via domestic air travel.
Meetings, Events and Conferences: Workers are instructed to avoid hosting or attending large business events and conferences.
Visitors: We are reducing the number of visitors to our offices. Visitors that have been infected with COVID-19, have come in close contact with someone infected or are exhibiting symptoms of illness will not be permitted to any Fujifilm office, location or site. In addition, our travel guidelines currently in effect due to the COVID-19 outbreak for employees, have been applied to all visitors to our Fujifilm Americas offices, facilities and locations.
Extensive Cleaning Procedures: We are routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace such as workstations, countertops and doorknobs, in addition to our regularly scheduled daily cleaning procedures.
Personal Hygiene: We actively encourage all workers to continue to follow good hygiene practices at all times. This includes washing hands with soap and water (for at least 20 seconds), and using alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% - 95% alcohol) as appropriate. Our workers are also advised to avoid close contact with people who are visibly ill or known to be sick. Remote workers are advised to carry hand sanitizer with them at all times. In the workplace, hand sanitizer stations have been placed in high-traffic areas to encourage good hand-hygiene.
Self-Monitoring: We are recommending that our workers regularly monitor themselves for signs of fever and symptoms of respiratory illness. If workers are ill, we ask that they do not come to work or travel.
Social Distancing: Workers are now advised to meet on company business via video or teleconference. We are encouraging all workers to limit internal in-person meetings, and keeping these meetings to less than 15 minutes. Participants in those meetings must keep social distances per CDC guidelines (at least a 6-feet separation).
These decisions are made with an abundance of caution in order to protect the health of our workforce while servicing the needs of our customers. We continue to stand in solidarity with our colleagues, customers and worldwide partners at this time of international crisis. Fujifilm will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to keep our partners informed if we anticipate any changes to the business.