At EPC-UK we’ve been taking a proactive approach to ensuring operations can – where possible – continue to be safely performed, as we adhere to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.
When lockdown measures were announced back in March, we were quick to adapt our esteemed programme of training courses to make instruction and learning suitable for online delivery.
Our webinar course take-up has been strong and has successfully enabled participants from various explosive related sectors to further extend essential knowledge and build Continual Professional Development (CPD) hours.
Many of our programmes are being delivered comprehensively online, however others, including our acclaimed shotfiring course, necessitate a practical element to prove truly effective.
In normal circumstances we use both a firing ground bunker and an isolated pond to conduct practical shotfiring course activities, including demonstrations and product testing.
In the light of Covid-19, with safety our utmost consideration, we have restricted the capacity of our firing ground to two people for product testing and destruction purposes and have set a limit of 6 for demonstrations – allowing us to show others the properties of explosives whilst ensuring the process is completely safe.
To facilitate protected course delivery, we have built two screens to allow practical participant separation, whilst enabling the full explosive experience!
We have placed the screens in front of the firing hut – one in front of the other with a one-metre distance. One panel is completely clear to optimise viewing and base panels have been constructed using a combination of ply and Perspex.
Safe standing places are outlined on the path at two-metre distances and an appropriate, updated risk assessment has been implemented to allow demonstration activities.
The modifications have rendered the firing ground suitable to support six participants, in addition to the two technicians running the course. All being well, the limitations will only be in place whilst social distancing measures are required, and once restrictions are lifted we will be able to return to our original operating modes.