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EI technical teams working with industry to keep workforce and assets safe

The EI’s role in bringing together expertise to tackle shared challenges is proving invaluable in responding to the needs of the energy industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. With air travel severely impacted – some 18,000 aircraft, two-thirds of the commercial fleet, are parked up – EI technical committee members are providing input into an IATA taskforce helping ensure parked aircraft are managed to mitigate microbiological growth in fuel systems. Aircraft engine and airframe manufacturers have also requested the EI to progress a new standard for the injection of biocide into jet fuel for aircraft maintenance purposes. Support on the logistical challenge of reinstating aircraft for service will also be provided.

Guidance regarding onshore wind site operations and activities during the COVID-19 situation has been produced by SafetyOn, the health and safety body based at the EI, in conjunction with RenewableUK and aligned with the Health and Safety Executive, to help critical workers in the sector continue to carry out their work safely.

In offshore wind, the G+ health and safety organisation, also based at the EI, has made a coronavirus safety lesson available on the EI’s Toolbox app. The case study involves an incident in which workers on a small vessel were in close proximity to a crew member displaying COVID-19 symptoms, and highlights the lessons learned by the vessel operator and crew.

‘The New Normal’ is a framework developed by the EI to assist organisations across the energy industry when planning to return to normal operations post COVID-19. It provides a checklist for considering workplace selection and protocol, health and safety management and employee wellbeing.

The EI and its members have also been contributing to the wider effort within the engineering community to help in the medical response to the pandemic. More than 1,000 expressions of interest were made to a request from NHS England via the Royal Academy of Engineering for auxiliary engineering support for the network of Nightingale field hospitals constructed around the UK. Information on the EI technical projects and more ways in which you can help in the pandemic response is at energyinst.org/covid-19

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