Altona refinery learns from European experiences

As they respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the Altona Refinery team have been learning from the experiences of  European refineries.

“The European refineries are ahead of us in learning how to manage in a COVID-19 environment,” said Altona Refinery Manager Riccardo Cavallo. “They have really taught us what works and what doesn't.

 “We have used that experience, as well as the advice we have received from health experts here, to put safeguards in place to protect our people.”

The refinery has implemented alternate rosters for those with roles that allow them to work from home. This is designed to create social distancing through the management of space and density.

It has also instigated increased cleaning, hand-washing, social distancing as well as regular temperature checks in order to maintain a safe environment.

Only essential visitors are allowed into the refinery and all visitors are being screened through questionnaires and temperature checks.

Riccardo commended the refinery team members for their quick and efficient implementation of the changes that were essential to ensuring the refinery continued to operate in a safe, reliable way, maintaining essential fuel flowing to Victoria.

“These are difficult times. We all need to look after ourselves, our families and our work mates,” said Riccardo. “This isn't business as usual and I want to say thank you to everyone for your patience as we continue working through the myriad of different issues.

“One thing our Italian colleagues have told us is that there is a great sense of pride across the refinery team. They are all aware of the critical importance of what they are doing to maintain the fuel supply lines that keep trucks on the road delivering essential food, medical and other supplies across Italy during this time of crisis.”