INEOS Enacts 'Social Distancing' Measures to Protect Employees from Coronavirus

INEOS, March 12, 2020


INEOS has announced a series of measures to protect employees and thereby ensure the continued operation of its plants and businesses through the coming weeks and months.   As the manufacturer of essential materials that are vital to life, the company is taking immediate action to limit the spread of the virus.   These actions include:

  • All office-based staff working from home unless in exceptional circumstances
  • All employees maintaining a 1-meter rule within offices or plants and zero contact
  • Rigorous use of hand-gels and surface cleaning
  • Restricting visits to plants and offices
  • Postponing non-essential work on plants
  • Cancelling group events

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Chairman of INEOS says, “We take our responsibility as a global manufacturer of essential products to every-day life very seriously, with health and safety our top priority.

As a result of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic we are taking all necessary steps to ensure that we keep our people safe and keep our plants and our businesses running.

This includes changes to working patterns for our staff globally, a ban on all non-essential travel, changes to our site cleaning regimes, the postponement of non-essential work at sites, and the cancellation or postponement of all events involving groups. These mandatory rules will all be in effect from Monday, 16 March.

Our responsibility and our focus is to ensure the plants that we run, which produce products essential to everyday life including the healthcare system, remain operational, with the safety of our employees the number one priority.

We will continue to review the situation and make all necessary adjustments to minimise the impact we have as a global business on the spread of Covid-19, prioritising the health and safety of our staff, while recognising the role we need to play in the production of essential products.


INEOS  is a leading manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products. It has 34 businesses, with a production network spanning 171 manufacturing facilities in 24 countries. From paints to plastics, textiles to technology, medicines to mobile phones - chemicals manufactured by INEOS enhance almost every aspect of modern life. INEOS had sales in 2018 of around $60bn and EBITDA close to €6bn. Its products make a significant contribution to saving life, improving health and enhancing standards of living for people around the world. For more information, visit

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