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TÜV Rheinland Greater China Status Update in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

02-21-20Greater China

Key information

• No staff infected or suspected in TÜV Rheinland Greater China

• Hong Kong and Taiwan offices and labs have been in operation after Chinese New Year holiday since January 29 and 30, respectively.

• Our laboratories and offices in Mainland China have gradually resumed business since February 10, 2020 in accordance with government announcements in each location. Our laboratories in mainland China have resumed over 85% of operation capacity. HSE measures have been thoroughly undertaken in lab management.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, please be informed that the TÜV Rheinland management team has taken immediate actions and followed the official announcement issued by the government to limit the exposure of our staff for the protection of their health and safety, including the arrangement for our offices in the following locations:

• Our offices and laboratories in Hong Kong and Taiwan are back to business from the Spring Festival as usual (on Jan 29 and 30).

• Our major laboratories and offices in Mainland China (Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Beijing, Qingdao, Dalian, etc.) have gradually resumed business since February 10, 2020 in accordance with the location government announcement.

• Our laboratories in Mainland China have resumed over 85% of operation capacity. HSE measures have been thoroughly undertaken in lab management.

So far, all work-resumption applications for the above locations have been approved by the local government due to the comprehensive HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) measures and preparation that have been undertaken. We are able to provide inspection services in major locations, such as most areas of Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Shandong, and Tianjin, except in some areas that have special travel controls.

Countermeasures against the coronavirus

TÜV Rheinland is treating the developing situation with the utmost seriousness. We have promptly initiated a series of special measures as follows:

• A monitoring team formed by the regional management with support from headquarters has defined and taken specific actions to support the combat of the epidemic and best protect the health of every colleague upon returning to work. Globally sourced protection clothing and masks and arranged shipments to all offices in Greater China.

• To minimize the spread of the virus, globally issued travel ban and will strictly follow the location’s government guidelines. Guidance immediately issued to all colleagues on preventive measures that should be taken to protect themselves.

• Introduced a requirement for all colleagues to self-report immediately to the firm in the event that they are diagnosed as either suspected of or confirmed as, having the coronavirus.

• Management notices, office management updates, and internal communication channels to ensure all related policies, progress, and measures are transparently communicated to our colleagues.

• Special measures taken such as digitalized inspections/audits to ensure that a portion of on-site work can be done remotely. For special on-site visit needs, our HSE officers will review the risks to our employees, and we will also conduct customer venue assessments.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your understanding of the need to take such measures at a crucial time like this. Please feel free to contact your program managers/key account managers on further questions, assistance, and project arrangements. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will provide further updates as necessary.

Together with our clients, we will overcome the difficulties!

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China Mainland:+86 4008831300

Hong Kong:+852 21921022

Taiwan:+886 2 21721001

Simon Hung
+852 2192 1948
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