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Peabody update on COVID-19

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World Coal,

As part of its critical energy and supply infrastructure, Peabody mines continue to support coal-fuelled electric power generation and essential steelmaking.

Moreover, as part of its commitment to the ongoing health and safety of its employees, vendors and the communities in which it operates, the company is taking strong precautions, including implementation of safety measures and site-based verification of these measures to manage the spread of COVID-19.

It is monitoring the situation daily and working to keep the teams and broader communities healthy by reducing potential risks and continuing to implement and enhance robust safety protocols in compliance with federal, state and local requirements. While the company’s operations have been designated as essential, its mines will only continue to operate in instances where it is safe and economic to do so.

The company is taking the following precautions to support all of those who continue to work in essential roles across its platform:

  • Access to sites is limited to essential personnel only.
  • Temperature checks are being implemented at all locations; employees showing symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to return home.
  • Employees are eligible for paid COVID-19 leave, based on established guidance.
  • The company is utilising enhanced cleaning and sterilisation practices to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • It has expanded use of personal protective equipment to safeguard the workers.
  • Peabody has implemented social distancing boundaries, staggered shifts and split line-out or pre-start meetings wherever possible to maximise the social distancing approach.
  • Offering routine communication to employees on worksite protocols, including notification if there has been a confirmed or suspected case at their site.
  • Providing guidance and reminding employees to incorporate sound safety measures both at work and when away as part of its Safety as a Way of Life commitment.

The company’s primary focus is on the health and safety of its employees and the communities in which it operates. As community cases continue to rise, it would naturally expect some of its employees to be among those cases. In past weeks, the company has implemented site management plans and are glad to see team members who have recovered from the virus starting to return to work after self-isolation. It will continue taking strong precautions in an effort to manage the spread, including keeping its global teams apprised of evolving conditions.

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