As we collectively navigate this unprecedented COVID-19 environment, Lubrizol remains committed to the health and safety of our employees, our customers and our communities. As part of our safety culture, Lubrizol had pandemic plans and teams in place well before COVID-19.
These teams were activated early in this journey and are regularly assessing and following both global health recommendations, as well as local guidance in all areas where we operate. Across the company, Lubrizol has a range of policies to support employees as they seek to balance their professional and personal lives during this environment.
As it relates to our operations, many of the products Lubrizol makes are essential ingredients to protect our first responders and keep our healthcare systems supplied with critical resources, as well as ensure continuity of infrastructure and transportation.
We’ve instituted a variety of new practices and protocols to ensure these materials remain available, while at the same time protecting our employees as our first priority. Employees who can work remotely have been encouraged to do so in many locations. In other locations, we’ve minimized the number of employees on site, initiating rotations where feasible while practicing social distancing. We also are applying early learnings from our locations in China, which have remained fully operational, to our global response.
At this time, our manufacturing operations across the world have not been significantly impacted. The majority of inventory across our business also remains at normal levels*, and we are closely monitoring logistics flow to minimize disruptions.
We will provide regular updates to our employees and customers as this situation evolves.
*The Lubrizol Life Science business is experiencing unprecedented increases in demand of our Carbopol® polymers related to the global shortage of hand sanitizer. See the full statement here.