During these unprecedented times, we are all required to work together to adapt to the dynamic circumstances created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our focus is to help protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, our teams, our partners and everyone around them, and this communication tells you how we are responding and how you can help.
Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland have been closely monitoring key international health organisations as well as the UK, Scottish and Irish Government to determine and recognise potential risks and ensure we are adhering to the guidelines issued. We remain committed to maintaining the flow of products and services and mitigating potential business disruption and have a local Business Continuity Team focused on making informed decisions that prioritise keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Manufacturing Supply Chain
Swagelok have a rigorous risk mitigation and supply chain program that accounts for some level of unplanned disruption. Please read the latest statement here.
Locally, we hold 6-8 weeks inventory of regularly used parts to mitigate risks beyond our control, such as transport issues, importation, etc. We also have multiple options in terms of replenishing inventory; several Corporate Regional Distribution Centres, further supported by inventory at more than 200 Swagelok Sales and Service Centres.
Through the use of technology, our teams have the ability to continue to support customers and maintain normal business operations. If you need to speak to any of our teams, please use all the usual contact methods and telephone numbers. We are here to help.
In light of the current situation, our Middlesbrough and Motherwell Training Academies will be closed until Monday 20th April. If you have a training course or technical test booked before 20th April at these locations, you will receive a communication regarding this.
However, we understand that training may still be required to meet safety critical standards therefore, our Aberdeen Training Academy remains open for mandatory training required during this challenging time. We have stringent measures in place within our facility to help reduce risk to our workforce and delegates. This includes but not limited to; pre-checks for delegates prior to attending a training course or test, sanitisation of our facilities, social distancing measures and strict personal hygiene measures.
Our Aberdeen Training Academy course and test dates are listed within our website, click here. If you are required to attend one of our training courses or technical tests, please identify a suitable date and click on the 'Click to Book' link within the required location and course/test page to email our training team.
ECITB Technical Tests
If you were about to take your technical test and are approaching the 12-month limit for the Work Based Task Assignment, the ECITB have given an additional 3-month grace period due to the coronavirus situation.
Or, if you have an ECITB test certificate that expires in March or April, you will be granted an additional 3-month period on the current expiry date on your test certificate.
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact our training team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01224 759916.
If you would like to reschedule a course or test, you can do so up to 6 months from your original course or test date with no additional charges. We fully anticipate our Middlesbrough and Motherwell Training Academies to re-open as normal from Monday 20th April. All training course and technical test dates from 20th April are listed within our website, click here. If you would like to reschedule a course or test and identify a suitable alternative date on our website, please click on the 'Click to Book' link to email our training team.
Visitors and Deliveries to our Facilities
All visits to our facilities have been suspended until further notice. Exception may be granted for business-critical purposes accompanied by stringent measures to help reduce risk.
Deliveries to our facilities are being fielded through our Fulfilment Centres and all delivery drivers are being asked to unload goods out with the buildings. Social distancing measures are also in place.
If access to our buildings is required, all personnel are being asked to confirm they are not high risk as per the Government guidelines.
Effective immediately, all business travel is suspended until further notice. Exception may be granted for business-critical purposes accompanied by stringent measures to help reduce risk.
Our associates will be using technology to ensure business continuity with our customers where possible.
Maintaining a Healthy Workplace
Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland are taking the following actions and have issued the following advice to maintain a healthy workplace for all associates:
- Continuing to provide hand sanitiser stations, tissues and anti-bacterial wipes throughout our facilities as well as anti-bacterial soap in our washrooms. This continues our regular provision of these items during the common flu season.
- Our facilities are being disinfected daily as part of our cleaning schedule.
- Reinforcing that all associates should also follow good hygiene practices by covering their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, washing hands regularly, and staying at home when ill.
- Associates who have the provision to work from home have been requested to do so until further notice and have been issued with helpful advice to make working from home easier.
Whilst Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland are fortunate to have no current reported cases of COVID-19, we are exercising caution and will continue to monitor the situation and will advise you of any changes as they arise.
Our Business Continuity Team are monitoring the situation on a regular basis and will continue to use communication technology to inform you of any changes.
We would like to thank you for your continued support with this developing situation. Our plans will help ensure our ability to continue to service your needs with the quality and attention to detail you have come to expect from us.
Nothing in this communication alters the terms and conditions that you hold with Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland.
Swagelok Scotland, Teesside & Ireland
Date: Friday 20th March 2020