Factsheet for case AT-2020-12/552 – measures in Austria
, applies regionally
|Time period||Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 16 April 2020|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
|Author||Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound|
|Case created||13 April 2020 (updated 05 October 2020)|
In order to ensure the power supply despite the corona virus, the energy provider Wien Energie uses isolation stations. 53 employees of Wien Energie volunteered to isolate themselves at company locations. They are spending several weeks there, cut off from the outside world, to prevent infection with all possibilities. All workers had been medically tested before isolation. These employees are to move in when no one else can. The tasks range from system control to maintenance and minor repairs. At the same time, operations at the locations continue as normal.
To make this isolation possible, residential containers were set up at power plants and waste incineration plants. In addition, provisional power plant controls were set up or conference rooms converted into dormitories, as Wien Energie wrote in the company blog . There is also a supply of food. In addition, they offer occupational psychological support. Shift plans were adjusted according to emergency plans in the areas critical for the supply (e.g. power plants, waste incineration plants, control centers and waiting rooms). No workers who are not required for operations are allowed on the factory premises. As far as possible, work for other employees is to be provided in the home office. Precautions have been taken for possible quarantine cases. Certain areas of the plant, such as crane systems in the waste incineration plants, could be operated in part automatically.
So far, 53 employees of Wien Energie have themselves isolated at company grounds.
Workers in essential services
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Public support service providers
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|D - Electricity, Gas, Steam And Air Conditioning Supply||D35 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Self-isolation Vienna Energy, case AT-2020-12/552 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.