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COVID-19: EMEC work, travel and visitor policies

First published: 13 March 2020
Last updated: 28 April 2022

We review and update this notice regularly as we reassess the situation and adhere to current government guidelines.

Due to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, EMEC has put the following measures in place to limit exposure of our team, community and stakeholders to the virus.

We’d like to reassure our customers, suppliers, and project partners that we are continuing to operate, albeit with the following precautions in place.

Hybrid home and office working:

In line with the most recent government advice, as of Monday 31 January 2022, we are in the process of transitioning to a new hybrid way of working and the offices are now open for staff.

Communication lines will remain open with staff having access to email, their usual telephone numbers and video conferencing facilities (e.g. via Microsoft Teams). You will find contact details for our team here.

Measures to mitigate the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 are in place across EMEC sites. These include the wearing of face coverings when moving around sites, regular hand washing or use of hand sanitiser, a regular cleaning regime, and increased ventilation where possible.

If staff feel unwell, or if anybody in their household feels unwell, they are instructed not attend the office at all and to follow current public health guidelines.

We may suffer damage to our service if staff are unwell, however we are doing all we can to minimise this.


Most meetings are still taking place via videoconferencing however meetings can be arranged to take place in person with prior notice providing current guidance is adhered to.

Travel to and from Orkney:

Each trip is being individually risk assessed. Any external meetings should be held via videoconferencing where possible.

EMEC staff out with Orkney:

For our staff living off Orkney, each trip will be individually risk assessed.

Visitors to EMEC:

We are slowly and cautiously opening back up to visitors. All visits are individually risk assessed and will be accommodated in line with current COVID-19 guidance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health and safety of our staff, families and community is our paramount concern.

We will update this notice as we reassess the situation over the coming weeks.

If you have any queries or concerns about the above statement, please call +44(0)1856 852060 or email info@emec.org.uk.

Finally, I want to offer you our support and best wishes. This is going to be a hard time for us all and the economic, social and health outcomes are far from certain or predictable. If you think EMEC can help in some way then please ask.

Take care, and stay safe.

Neil Kermode
Managing Director








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