In January, the European Ethylene Producers Committee (EEPC) organised webinars on how to carry out turnarounds during a pandemic. Around 120 persons participated in the webinars, which aimed at sharing knowledge, experience and the good practices collected by the members of the EEPC Turnaround Issue Group (TAR IG).

Organising a turnaround requires a high concentration of workers. Therefore, additional risk mitigation measures are necessary to prevent the spread of a virus such as the Covid-19.  Kris Bakelants, BASF, and Werner Van Acker, Evonik, Chair and Vice-Chair of the TAR IG explained that six defense layers should be considered to protect workers’ health: the organisation and infrastructure, the Personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the communication, execution and crisis management.

The presentation and the video recording of the webinar are available for Petrochemicals Europe members upon request (contact Olga Sicora,