Health and Safety
Health and Safety
Palexpo, 14th February 2020
In the context of the coronavirus epidemic afflicting China, Palexpo SA is carefully observing the situation and its possible implications for exhibitors, visitors, partners and employees in view of the upcoming events in the Palexpo halls.
Palexpo is in regular contact with the General Directorate of Health of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and its medical advisor to develop a sanitary action plan, adjustable in real time. This plan recommends the implementation of a programme of cleaning, disinfection and prevention along with the use of correct cleaning/ sanitising materials and products. In this process, Palexpo is following the recommendations of the competent public health authorities in the field, namely the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH),
- For practical questions, a hotline is available at the FOPH: +41 (0)58 463 00 00 as well as on-line information here.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) gives advice to individuals on how to contain and mitigate against any further spread of the virus. Please find further information under this link.
We strongly recommend that you keep yourself up to date with the information from these authorities, so that you can react in the best manner possible to potential questions from your employees and partners.
Please take note that the current situation in Switzerland is rather reassuring; none of the samples tested so far has been positive for the novel coronavirus.
Measures being implemented by Palexpo:
- Increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touchpoints, e.g. catering areas, surfaces, handrails, WCs, entrances/exits, public touch-screens, etc. along with the use of correct cleaning/sanitising materials and products
- Awareness campaign via online and onsite info-share and signage
- Awareness and training to all staff on standard personal preventative measures, e.g. personal hygiene, frequency of use of sanitising/disinfection products, etc.
- Installing new signage on-site, reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations
RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC
During previous outbreaks due to other coronavirus (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), human-to-human transmission occurred through droplets, contact and fomites, suggesting that the transmission mode of the 2019-nCoV can be similar. The basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following:
- Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Frequent hand washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
- Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
- People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).
- Within healthcare facilities, enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, especially in emergency departments.
WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers. In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travellers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their healthcare provider.