An Energy Assets COVID-19 Communication Update
Slowly, responsibly, people within the Energy Assets Group are returning to construction sites, depots and offices in step with government guidance and with the full support of comprehensive workplace safety arrangements.
This phasing in of operations will adhere strictly to the rules of each nation across Britain and, in keeping with our resilience planning, will involve close liaison with our staff, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders. The guiding principle is ‘Safety First – Safety Always’.
Our return to work is underway and will continue progressively over the weeks ahead as outlined in our business continuity and resilience plan.
Our plans go beyond the requirements contained within the Government’s “Five Steps to Safer Working Together”.
Throughout the pandemic, Energy Assets’ approach to employee safety has been continuously reviewed and informed by guidance from authoritative sources, including UK Government, the World Health Organisation and the Health & Safety Executive. This forms the basis of our Safe Working Practice during COVID-19 Pandemic Policy, which governs all areas of operational activity and is available to view on our website.
This policy underpins our commitment to protect employee safety above everything else and is reflected in core procedures, which include:
- A comprehensive return-to-work protocol ensuring whole staff engagement with COVID-19 related working practices, policies and procedures
- Specific risk assessments for all sites along with premises plans detailing required safety measures, including PPE and signage, underpinned by procedures adhering to the highest industry standards
- Updated risk assessments for all staff who are working from home or remain on furlough during the phased resumption of some office-based activities
- Comprehensive safety plans for offices, including new signage, floor markings, hand sanitisers and relevant PPE to support an initial phased return of essential staff only
- Bespoke rules and training governing working practices on construction sites and public highways, including arrangements for travel to work, personal hygiene, PPE, physical separation, the use of antibacterial sprays and wipes on surfaces, tools and in vehicles, and the safe disposal of waste
- Establishment of a dedicated team of Energy Assets COVID-19 ‘champions’ specially trained to oversee company-wide rules, offer guidance to staff and ensure adherence to personal safety procedures
All these plans will be implemented in step with relevant government guidance covering England, Wales and Scotland.
Said Colin Lynch, Chief Executive Officer at Energy Assets Group: “Throughout the lockdown, our people have shown incredible commitment, whether that’s being on stand-by to provide emergency connections for essential services, implementing our business continuity plan, meeting the needs of customers through remote working or putting everything in place for the recovery phase.
“As a result, we are in the best possible shape to begin the process of getting back to business – indeed we are already encouraged by a steady upward trend in utility construction activity, increasing metering engagement with our energy supplier customers and a rise in connection adoptions for our local energy network ownership operations.”
Energy Assets Utilities’ network design and construction operations across England, Wales and Scotland are ramping up steadily in step with government guidance and accelerating customer activity.
For Energy Assets’ metering business, demand is once again growing among energy suppliers for our services, while Energy Assets Networks and Energy Assets Pipelines are reporting increased levels of engagement with contractors on local network connection adoptions.
Said Colin Lynch: “Thanks to the professionalism of our teams around Britain, we are implementing our return-to-work plan in a way that is commensurate with supporting our customers while always putting the health and welfare of our people first.”
Should you require any further information or assistance then please do not hesitate to contact our team.
Updated June 25, 2020