COVID-19 - Meeting the Process Safety Challenges

The current Covid-19 pandemic has hit with such speed, that organisations have had very little time to prepare for the huge disruption it has caused. With so many nations across the globe on Government enforced lockdowns, DEKRA is supporting industry to ensure supply chains do not suffer excessive disruption at such a critical time.

However, these industries are operated by human beings, who will be both directly and indirectly affected by the pandemic; movement restrictions, time off due to sickness, adverse impact on mental health / increased stress, the requirement to isolate, and social distancing, will have left many businesses operating with a skeleton crew and disrupted lines of communication. Unfortunately, whilst we may be forced to operate with reduced resources, process hazards do not emulate this, and conversely, the risk of incidents may increase due to the sudden change and lack of preparedness.