The situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Australia continues to change rapidly. Following our update on Wednesday 18 March 2020, the Australian Government has in a subsequent announcement deemed our contamination testing laboratories as an essential service. Many of our clients and partners have been enquiring whether we are operational during this emergency.
Envirolab Services and MPL Laboratories remain open, until further notice, to ensure that we can continue to offer our scientific testing services. Accordingly, we are operating on a business as usual (BAU) capability and capacity for work received.
Easter Period Business Hours
During the Easter Period, Envirolab Services and MPL Laboratories will remain open throughout, except for the upcoming national public holidays, Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April 2020. Our turnaround time (TAT) will remain unchanged.
Supporting our Team and Community in the Delivery of Services
We have been monitoring and ensuring that strict measures remain for supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of our team and community. Our decisions have been based on the guidelines and information publicly available from reliable sources, such as the Australian Government Department of Health, Safe Work Australia as well as global authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO).
With the situation evolving rapidly, we will continue to update our clients, team and community any changes in the operations of Envirolab. Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.
Further information and enquiries
If you have any queries regarding our response measures or testing enquiries, please do not hesitate to reach out to your local Envirolab or representative. Our priority is getting through this situation as a team and a community.
Resources and References
Coronavirus Hotline (Australia):
If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the dedicated hotline 1800 675 398, open 24 hours, 7 days (at time of putting together this article).
Safe Work Australia:
Information for workplaces, including what to do if a worker has COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Valuable information about COVID-19, such as symptoms, steps you can take to protect yourself and what to do if you are affected.
The Australian Psychological Society:
With the rising number of COVID-19 cases and constant media attention about COVID-19, feelings of unease and anxiety can be expected. The Australian Psychological Society has put together an information sheet with useful strategies, which can help as we continue to navigate these unusual circumstances.
World Health Organization (WHO):
Steps to protect yourself, status of the pandemic, FAQ's and other information on ongoing developments.
Media Releases and Transcripts from Federal, State and Territory Authorities:
Transcripts by The Hon Scott Morrison MP, including the most recent press conference, dated Thursday, 2 April that references essential services and essential jobs. Refer to media releases and transcripts for states and territories for the approaches taken within the ambit of their respective geographical bounds. For example, the statement from the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, dated Sunday 22 March addressed the shutdown of non-essential services.