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                        Ashland continues actions for preparedness against coronavirus (COVID-19)

                         

                        Ashland is considered an essential supplier by many global agencies. Our manufacturing sites produce specialty ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care items, household products and nutritional, food and beverage products.  As such, our employees, our laboratories, and our manufacturing plants play a vital role in maintaining health and other activities necessary during a global pandemic response.

                        The COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to be dynamic given the virus progression, actions by governments around the world to slow the spread, and actions now be taken on the next phase – opening businesses and economies. As we transition to the next phase, Ashland’s Global Incident Management Team (IMT) continues to track developments, assess the situations and take proactive actions. The IMT also continues to anticipate the next challenges the COVID-19 outbreak could present, and continuously updates plans accordingly.

                        Despite all the challenges COVID-19 is presenting, Ashland stands strong #AshlandMfgStrong. Our manufacturing plants have continued to operate globally, and our supply chain continues to receive, process and ship customers’ orders. Safely operating our manufacturing locations is important so the company can keep making the critical specialty products our customers and the world needs right now.

                        Over the last two weeks, the Global Incident Management Team (IMT) has been working on a safe and phased approach to bringing our researchers and technical teams back into our laboratories. Ashland’s technical teams are essential to our operations and their safety and health is our first priority.  As we open our laboratories around the world, we will make sure our teams are trained and ready to follow all local regulations for essential workers as well as Ashland requirements, that oftentimes exceed those local regulations.  

                        Our office-based employees whose job does not require them to be in the laboratory and/or at a manufacturing site will remain working from home. Re-opening our offices requires some different considerations and plans and timing will be different around the world. Our Global IMTs are actively planning this next phase now.

                        We are continuing the regular communications to global employees in local languages about how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep themselves and their families safe.  As we prepare for our employees returning to labs and offices, we have increased the development of posters for the workplace so that we emphasize COVID-19 while continuing our already strong commitment health and safety and zero incidents.

                        Ashland has continued to provide the appropriate respirator masks, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers and thermometers globally as needed or as required by local governments to help keep employees healthy while allowing our operations to continue. We continue to review and update procedures about site access for visitors, contractors and employees, including a procedure to screen for the health of employees, contractors, and visitors at all Ashland sites.

                        We have maintained heightened cyber security monitoring and communications to employees about staying vigilant due to opportunistic cyber-criminals and how to defend against attacks which could increase.

                        Ashland is committed to the safety, health, and security of our employees, their families, and the communities where we work and live. We applaud our solvers around the world continuing to work to keep our manufacturing sites open and to continuing to supply our customers with the vital products they need to keep society healthy and safe.

                        Stay safe and continue to diligently practice the recommended COVID-19 safety measures.

                         

                        Keith Silverman, PhD, MPH
                        Senior Vice President of Global Operations,
                        Quality, and Environmental Health & Safety

                         

                          

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