Health and safety our number one priority: CEO

18 March 2020

As the Government activates its emergency response plan to COVID-19, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) continues to operate across all its business units with the health and safety of our staff and athletes our number one priority.

We are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of athletes and our staff across all operations including conducting extensive risk assessments to guide our response.

ASADA will continue to listen and adhere to advice from the World Health Organisation and Department of Health. We have enacted our Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and appointed a Coronavirus (COVID-19) response coordinator.

The BCP includes daily briefings and situation reports to manage ASADA’s response. We have deployed a workforce model that is fluid and mobile, separating critical business areas to ensure continuity. We have implemented flexible work arrangements across the agency.

Our field staff are receiving regular updates as the situation unfolds and have clear procedures to follow during testing, these include high levels of hygiene, for their own safety and athletes’ safety, and the integrity of the testing process.

We are working closely with National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), International Federations (IFs) and other National Anti-Doping Agencies (NADOs) to identify at-risk testing missions and ensure we receive the most updated event and training information.

We continue to watch as the Australian sporting community responds to this threat and will monitor the situation closely and make necessary changes to our processes accordingly.

More information can be found on our website: https://www.asada.gov.au/news/coronavirus-your-questions-answered

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