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Mercurys EHS training continues safely throughout Covid-19
To support its Irish projects over the last week, Mercury has continued to utilise its online Learning Management System (LMS) platform to provide induction training online for new starts and to complete blended learning as normal.
Mercury’s blended learning strategy has been an enormous success, as it has been for many years. The online theory section is completed and tested by Mercury’s teams at home and at work and the practical training sessions have been completed safely on site while complying with social distancing guidelines in line with government protocol.
The online training comprises content has is interactive and dynamic, including text & visuals, videos and a completion test at the end of each course. The practical that has been completed safely on-site throughout the pandemic comprises manual handling and MEWP safety training.
Powered access equipment plays a vital role in conducting work at height in a safe manner, however, social distancing guidelines mean that in many cases, it is only safe for one operator to use an MEWP at a given time. During this exercise, close contact was eliminated where possible, and where not possible – controls such as temperature testing (before exercise began) sterile hand hygiene equipment and the additional cleaning of common touch points were implemented.
Michael O’Connor, Group EHS Director notes, “Over 23,000 users of the Mercury LMS have completed this training with an over 60,000 tests completed, and certs issued over the last number of years. Mercury provides multiple courses in 14 languages and the online training guarantees consistency of communication, guidance, and expectations for all personnel who wish to work for Mercury”.
“One of our European projects recently surpassed 3.5 million person hours worked without a single lost time injury, and it has been noted by the client, a top 5 global tech multinational, as being the safest project in their entire global construction programme. Online inductions and training were the basis for setting a consistent standard on this world class project that has multiple nationalities and language groups working safely together to ‘The Mercury Way’”.
Robert O Dowd, Group EHS Manager notes that, “The practical element of the training was accomplished safely with all personnel having first completed the CIF online C19 induction, Mercury’s own Group induction and the theory section of the training online safe from Covid-19 transmission.
The practical training was completed in compliance with the national return to work protocol, the CIF’s SOP (revision 2) and Mercury’s Social Distancing & Hygiene Procedure which has been in place for over two months while we worked safely throughout Continental Europe the and the UK through the Covid-19 pandemic.”
We are dedicated to achieving the highest possible standards of Health & Safety. Safety is embedded in our DNA, it is the Mercury way – from design to construction, commissioning and handover – our safety processes ensure adequate coordination and communication to enable our projects to be constructed safely. Our team understand that by sticking to the safe coordinated plan we can guarantee that our team get home safely to their families at the end of every day.
Safety is personal and our team intervene proactively to ensure compliance day by day and hour by hour. We respect our workforce and they respect our management as an integrated team with a common goal – to get home safe each day. Through our Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) policies and procedures, we ensure an industry leading project delivery every time and most importantly – the safety and wellbeing of all our employees.
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