IOM3 Statement on COVID-19

IOM3
,
9 Mar 2020

The Prime Minister chaired a meeting of the government's emergency COBRA committee as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen in England with cases confirmed in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

The PM said, ‘I think it's important to stress that this is a problem that is likely to become more significant for this country in the course of the next days and weeks, and therefore we will be making every possible preparation for that.’

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) will continue to monitor and act on advice from the (UK) Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), regarding precautions on Covid-19 and provide updates if the situation changes. The health and safety of our clients, delegates, speakers, exhibitors and staff is our top priority.   

A number of measures have been put in place at/within IOM3 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff including:

  • Additional cleaning in ‘high touch areas’ around the building including wipe downs of door handles and banisters, electric equipment, screens, reception areas and lift.
  • Health information and first aid points as well as hand disinfection products made available throughout IOM3 offices.
  • Hand sanitisers at various points around IOM3 offices.

We strongly urge our clients/attendees at conferences and staff to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested Public Health England and WHO to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus and we advise that people:

  • Thoroughly wash hands regularly, use the hand sanitizer provided – and sneeze into tissues followed by immediate and appropriate disposal – in the bins around the building
  • Refrain from handshaking or any excessive contact
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from or displaying signs of respiratory infections
  • For any attendees with concerns that they may get caught up in an inbound or outbound quarantine, or are feeling unwell, to reconsider attendance to IOM3.

We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and will follow up with registrants as the situation develops.

Travel advice can be found here.

Should you require any further information, please don't hesitate to contact natalie.daniels@iom3.org or Events Manager melanie.boyce@iom3.org