Coronavirus: Preventive measures taken by Endiprev
The first cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) appeared at the end of 2019, in China.
In only two months, it spread all over the world, starting to cause consequences in every industry, including wind energy. Electricity is one of the pillars of our society without which it will be impossible to live normally for a long time. When it comes to renewable energy, this is even more significant since it contributes to one of the current top political priorities, the decarbonization and environmental sustainability of the world economies.
As the number of affected countries with Coronavirus was multiplied, the World Health Organization declared last week this outbreak as a pandemic. Consequently, many countries have already decreed a state of alert or, even, a state of emergency. Government and institutions weren’t prepared for the recent events, and, inevitably, the Coronavirus outbreak started affecting people’s lives and businesses.
The consequences of this virus already affected the wind energy industry, since this is a sector that comprehends both the industrial side of the manufacturing of the turbines as well as the services side of the personnel working on the wind farms. Therefore, and given the nature of our core activities, Endiprev’s field teams will not be able to adopt one of the most common containment measures, that is, working from home. A significant part of our job is performed right at the source where electricity generation takes place, inside the wind turbine, hence we did take a lot of care reassessing and implementing all risk assessments and strategies that can help us contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Endiprev takes action to protect employees from Coronavirus
In the face of this adversity, Endiprev has immediately implemented the following set of measures for the containment of Coronavirus within our range of action:
- Workers’ mobility is reduced to the minimum and strictly necessary, within projects and office personnel, particularly the use of air travel and public transportation.
- Within the scope of each ones’ professional tasks, travel should only occur when strictly necessary.
- When traveling for professional activities, workers should remain socially isolated as much as possible, including in off-work periods.
- In the strictly necessary travels, our internal policy for the priority use of public transport is changed, giving more priority to private transportation (employees’ own or rented vehicles) whenever possible. Flight selection should minimize stopovers and connections for essential and unavoidable business trips.
- All morning daily Health and Safety meetings (EHS Toolbox) should address the COVID-19 epidemic as well as the precautions to consider and ask if there is anyone with symptoms.
- When planning for the works/projects, our field teams must be maintained stable with the same team members for as long as possible to avoid contacts between different people.
- Voluntary “quarantine”: After traveling, workers should stay at home for as long as possible, to identify signs of symptoms. Workers visiting company offices must notify the contact person at the office at least one day in advance in order to prepare the visit according to all health and safety precautions needed.
- Interpersonal contacts should be made using nonphysical means (such as telephone, teleconference, videoconference, etc.), except for those that require the physical presence of people (such as PPE inspection by an authorized person, medical examinations, practical training).
- Acquire and make available to all workers personal protective equipment for the hygiene, and disinfection of people (such as masks, gloves, glasses).
In the meantime, everyone should follow basic preventive measures, recommended by the World Health Organization, such as:
- Wash frequently your hands, with water and soap, scrubbing them well for at least 20 seconds.
- In the alternative, use an alcohol-based solution.
- Use single-use tissue to blow your nose. Then, throw it immediately in the trash bin and wash your hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your bent elbow.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands or contaminated with respiratory secretions.
- Use a mask, only if you have respiratory symptoms.
- Avoid spaces with too many people.
- Avoid physical contact and greetings.
- Be at least one or two meters away from a person who indicates coughing/sneezing symptoms.
At Endiprev, we are certain that, if we follow these measures, we will be able to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Our customers are also aware of this situation, and they are, as well, taking their preventive measures.