Pipeline Equipment, Inc. Statement on the Coronavirus - COVID-19
Pipeline Equipment, Inc. (PEI) continues to monitor and adjust to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. The Executive Team meets regularly to review current data, trends and recommendations from CDC and local health officials and modify existing protocols when needed. As of August 12, 2020, the following protocols are in effect:
- All personnel who worked from home during the early stages of the pandemic have returned to the office.
- All employees must wear a mask when they are outside their office and whenever social distancing is not possible.
- Cleaning staff and employees continue to clean and disinfect high touch surfaces and equipment more frequently.
- Additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the campus.
- Employee temperature checks are conducted at the beginning of each shift.
- If an employee has symptoms or has had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they are tested and quarantined pending the results of the test.
- Our shops continue to operate as normal with additional health and safety protocols in place.
- We are still not accepting unscheduled outside visitors. Pre-approved visitors are accepted under certain circumstances with mask and social distancing requirements.
- PEI Sales Representatives are conducting in-person meetings with customers and prospects at customer sites and in the field where appropriate.
- Corporate travel by air is still prohibited at this time.
We will continue to modify our plan as the situation evolves and keep our employees, customers and partners updated. We appreciate your business and your loyalty. Please feel free to reach out to our team if we can assist you in any way.
The Executive Management Team of Pipeline Equipment, Inc. had a conference call this morning to discuss the fast-moving COVID-19 situation. As of today, Oklahoma is not under a mandatory “shelter in place” order. In addition to the changes announced on March 17, we have implemented the following additional measures:
- Family First Coronavirus Response Act – This Act was signed into law by President Trump on 3/18/2020 but does not go into effect until 4/2/2020. PEI has adopted the primary provisions of this Act immediately.
- Additional Work-from-Home Efforts – We have increased the number of employees who are working from home to reduce the density in our Tulsa office. Any employees who cannot work from home who are in shared office environments have either been moved to individual offices or will be working in shifts.
- Weekend Shift – We have moved a group of employees to a new weekend shift. This will allow us to practice social distancing in our fabrication and machine shops and maintain our current capacity.
- More Strict Social Distancing Measures – In addition to reducing density through additional work-from-home efforts, we are requiring on-site employees to have lunch and breaks at their workstation or in their vehicles to avoid congregating in break rooms. Employees are not allowed to enter the offices of co-workers to ensure employees remain at least 6 feet apart.
We have no known cases of COVID-19 cases among PEI employees. Over the last two weeks we have required 5 employees to self-quarantine based on symptoms or travel to high risk areas.
As of today, the COVID-19 situation has not impacted our projects in process and planned deliveries. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. Our goal is to prioritize the health safety of our employees and their families and continue to deliver quality equipment to our customers on schedule for as long as possible.
We will continue to post updates to this page as needed.
TULSA, OKLAHOMA - March 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. - Pipeline Equipment, Inc. (PEI) is closely monitoring the progression of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our employees, customers, vendors and partners is very important to us. The CDC advises that everyone should be vigilant and be prepared for the outbreak to increase over the coming weeks.
To limit the impact on PEI employees and operations, we have taken the following measures:
- All work-related international travel has been temporarily suspended unless approved by the President of PEI.
- All non-essential work-related domestic travel has been temporarily suspended.
- Limit physical gatherings by using phone, email and video conferencing where possible.
- Attendance at trade shows and other large events or gatherings has been temporarily suspended.
- Facilities maintenance has been instructed to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high traffic/high touch areas such as door handles, desks, countertops, tables, restrooms, etc.
- Any PEI employee who has been on a cruise ship or visited a country on the CDC’s list of COVID-19 related travel advisories within the last two weeks is being instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days and work from home if possible.
Additionally, PEI is instructing all employees and visitors to adhere to the following general health guidelines to limit the spread of contagious diseases:
- First and foremost, if you are sick or running a fever employees should stay home and visitors who are sick should reschedule their visit to PEI. Do not take risks. If you are sick, limit contact with other people.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you use hand sanitizer, it should include at least 60% alcohol to be effective.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If someone around you shows symptoms of illness, avoid contact with that person.
At this time there has been no impact on PEI’s normal operations. However, we are monitoring the situation closely and will follow the recommendations of local, state and national health officials.
The government guidelines and response to the Coronavirus can be found at www.coronavirus.gov
The situation is evolving rapidly and we will release additional information as needed.« Return to News List