In the UK, we are monitoring the situation closely and following recommendations as set out by the UK Government.
The current public health crisis will inevitably affect business as usual and has impacted our programme of events and visits; there will also be an impact on our licensing scheme operations. We are working on an appropriate and measured response, with the health and wellbeing of our staff and members as an absolute priority.
Further information will be included in our April eBulletin.
In line with UK government advice, our London offices are now closed with all staff working from home.
In light of government guidelines in the UK, no face-to-face events are taking place. We will keep members informed of such events on this site. We encourage all international sections to comply with the advice from their respective governments and act accordingly. Event organisers should contact the head office team so that this site can be kept up to date with the latest information for members.
A wealth of content is available on this website including licensing documentation, a range conference papers, Presidential Lectures, seminars and workshops. Some content requires membership login.
During the current COVID-19 / Coronavirus public health crisis, organisations are turning increasingly to video as a technology to allow ideas to be shared safely. Sharing experience to support our colleagues is central to the Institution’s culture.
Video is an important part of the IRSE’s communications toolkit and we understand that keynote speakers unable to present their papers or presentations may wish to use readily available technology to share this content with our membership via the Institution’s website.
Many of you may also want to create interesting content around your own area of expertise to share with the wider member community and we are happy to facilitate this where possible.
Content to engage and inform members is particularly welcome at this time when many of us find ourselves working remotely, or isolated in line with advice from our respective governments.
This brief guide is designed to help you create content using your own equipment. Raw footage and presentations can be shared with the Institution using services like WeTransfer and sent to our production team.
All members should follow the advice provided by their local government. In the UK, extensive resources are available online on the UK government website here which should be considered the definitive guidance for members in this country. General advice about good hand hygiene is being encouraged in all jurisdictions. In the UK, it is suggested that people work from home where possible and remain in their homes, except for:
Whilst many of our licence holders and members continue to work trackside and in equipment rooms, others are now working remotely. Some interesting reading and ideas around successful home working from engineering colleagues working in the Built Environment sector are available here.
Social distancing is an essential component of slowing the spread of the Coronavirus. Advice from the UK government recommends a distance of at least 2 metres (6.56 feet) should be maintained between you and other people who are not from your household. It is particularly important to remember to maintain this distance when queueing or paying for goods at pharmacies and supermarkets. Recommendations from retailers include only one shopper at a time placing goods on supermarket conveyor belts and maintaining distance as best as practicable when paying counter staff for goods.
Wash your hands immediately when returning home from outside.