In our previous (18th March) message we promised to keep you updated regarding changes in our approach to working under the evolving conditions of the Covid-19 outbreak.
First we want you to know that our highest priority, without exception, is the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, their families and the people we work with day-to-day in the execution of our work, including the general public. You would expect us to adopt this position and we expect the same in return. It is the guiding principle from which all our operations, practices, procedures and ethics flow and which we will not compromise.
In addition to the guidance and directives issued by UK government, Middlemarch Environmental is observing the advice of the leading industry body for our profession, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), whose guidance can be viewed here: https://cieem.net/i-am/covid-19/. This means that at the current time we continue to be able to undertake all types of work including ecological surveys and monitoring, arboricultural and site management assignments where there is no clear risk to either the ecologists, other workers or the wider public
We are reviewing survey appointments on a case-by-case basis and have adopted a Dynamic Risk Assessment procedure that requires all our ecologists to appraise the context in which they are working in real time and to modify tasks accordingly including, where necessary, stopping work where a risk is considered unacceptable.
We have invoked numerous small changes to work practices, such as stopping internal work on occupied properties, travelling to site individually, enhanced hygiene routines and the use of additional personal protective equipment. In addition, variations to our standard procedures have become necessary in response to changes that are beyond our control such as the closure of hotels.
We always comply with client- and site-specific safety measures and will pro-actively engage where these are found to be at odds with our procedures. We may propose programmatic changes which enable projects to continue whilst accommodating enhanced safety measures.
Whilst these adaptations, as well as the dispersal of our staff to work from home when not in the field, may result in small delays to mobilisation, we have found that our clients understand and are more than happy to collaborate in managing our dynamic response to the outbreak, supporting us in our efforts to continue servicing their needs. For this we are incredibly grateful.
The situation is of course changing on a daily basis so we ask you to contact us as early as possible to discuss your survey requirements as we enter what is usually the busiest time of year. Mindful that the restrictions which we are working under will sooner or later come to an end, we would also ask that you keep in touch with us regarding any projects you are planning that will require our support, so that we can manage our resources accordingly.
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