Petzl considers itself an advocate for responsible risk management, and as such, it is taking extra precautions to keep its Utah employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic, Tom Adams, chief operating officer, told SNEWS by phone. Effective March 16, 2020, all but 15 employees from the DC and Operations will be working remotely. Additionally, all domestic and travel has been cancelled (for the last two weeks). 

"With this reduction in employee presence combined with a stronger focus on workplace cleanliness, we feel confident that we can authorize our distribution center staff to continue to work onsite shipping orders to customers in the U.S. and Canada," reads a press release. "These measures are the latest in a comprehensive response from Petzl's management team that has included cancellation of events, elimination of business travel, and the provision of extra education and resources for our employees."

Adams reports that to the best of his knowledge no staff members have been exposed to the virus and that everyone is safe and healthy. "We are truly being proactive for staff, family and friends, and our customers. By dividing our staff and increasing healthy protocols internally we hope to keep everyone healthy while providing the same great service our customers need," he says. 

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