Dear Members and Customers
It has been a couple of months since my last update and I want to give you all a quick update on what has been happening at British Safety Council India. With the new spike in COVID cases in India, I also want to confirm changes to our face to face delivery.
Year to date performance
Overall, we have had a very positive start to 2021, with many members and customers in India continuing to embrace our remote services in education and auditing as well as face to face. Your support for our prestigious International Safety Awards has also been tremendous. We have unfortunately had to cancel the gala dinner again this year, but we are hopeful of returning to this event in 2022 and have already pencilled this into our calendar.
Since the launch of our COVID Assurance Assessment Service in 2020, hundreds of organisations have taken up this service, which provides organisations with the comfort they need and want to safeguard their staff. Although there has been lots of interest from around the world, Indian organisations, in particular, have embraced this new important service. If you have not already talked to us about our Assurance Assessment Service, you can find out more here.
Your support remains vital
Despite these positives, conditions remain challenging and unpredictable for us all. As a charity and membership organisation, we are hugely reliant on the financial support that members provide. We realise that membership of British Safety Council is voluntary but your continued support in these difficult times enables us to deliver our charitable work. In fact, alongside our COVID lobbying activities, and as part of our charitable purpose, we recently provided free access to some of our most important mental health-related digital learning courses.
Face to face delivery
Given the latest situation in India regarding the rising COVID-19 infection rates, we are taking the decision to stop all on-site delivery of training, audit and consultancy across India, with immediate effect.
Although India is not in lockdown, different states are applying different measures. The advice of the state government is to restrict to essential activities only, as medical facilities are under pressure.
Currently, Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Pune, is very badly affected, which is where the majority of our delivery staff are based. As it stands, it is feasible for us to use non-Maharashtra based associates to deliver in some states, however, such is the scale and rise in daily numbers, we believe the risks are too significant for all involved.
We will continue to monitor and review the situation and return to on-site delivery when the situation allows. With infection rates expected to rise pan-India, this is unlikely to be in the next 6-8 weeks.
With this in mind, I encourage you to consider our remote services first and foremost. Much of our services can be provided on-line. Like training, much of our audit work has moved to remote delivery, with excellent client feedback too. Please talk to your account manager about your options.
We will continue to work with India members and customers to support your efforts and continue to deliver the services that you need, want and expect from us. If you have any questions or concerns, please do talk to your account manager who is fully equipped to work remotely.