At our main office in Heerlen, both theoretical and practical training take place, including the relevant exams. During the first months of the corona pandemic, we made use of the opportunity to renovate our classrooms, but mostly provide them with new furniture and new equipment, and to reorganize them to comply with the 1.5 meter rule. There are hand sanitizer stations at all the entries and exits, and there will be a supply of face masks. In the toilets, the electric hand dryers have been replaced with paper towel dispensers. And of course the hand soap at the sinks has been replaced with a disinfectant type. Cups, glasses and cutlery have been replaced with to-go materials. In consultation with our catering service, we have decided on a new procedure for lunch. Every participant must choose their lunch for each day beforehand, and will receive their food in separate packaging. Door handles, taps, armrests, workspaces, laptops, soldering equipment etc. will be cleaned and disinfected every day.
What is expected of you as a visitor of our training location?
- If you have corona-related symptoms, we ask you to contact us and reschedule your training.
- Disinfect your hands upon entry, and do so regularly during the day.
- You must wear a face mask in all public areas. Including the hallway, canteen, reception, etc. You may only take your face mask off when you are in your own seat in the classroom, or outside during break times. If a trainer comes over, for example to check on you during a practical class, so that 1.5 meters distance cannot be guaranteed, you must put your face mask back on for a short while. You must use a face mask provided by PIEK, which is available at all the entries and exits and in strategic places within the building. You may also use your own face mask, as long as it has 3 layers.
- Keep 1.5 meters from others.
- Cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Do not shake hands.
As you can see, some measures go beyond the hygiene regulations of the RIVM, which is due to the international character of PIEK. At our training locations we often receive participants from countries where preventative measures are more similar to the ones described above.