A-Gas is operating a “near to normal” service to its customers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the specialty chemical and gases management expert said this morning.

In a statement, A-Gas Managing Director John Ormerod explained this was down to a robust supply chain relying on multiple global sources, together with putting into action existing contingency plans.

“We also benefit from the production of reclaimed refrigerants onsite,” Ormerod’s said.

“Some of our global teams are further down the coronavirus curve than the UK and we have put this experience to good use.”

“We have been pro-active with social distancing. Staff worldwide have been encouraged to work from home, although we still have operational team members onsite to ensure our customers remain supported.”

“Onsite we are also operating split shift patterns to reduce risk and best protect our teams.”

A-Gas has also taken extra precautions such as enhanced cleaning regimes and sanitisation across its sites and offices.

Critical infrastructure

As the world’s largest refrigerant recovery network and halocarbon reclaimer, A-Gas’ business has been deemed as “critical infrastructure” essential to life, health and safety.

During statewide “shelter in place” instances, A-Gas staff will be permitted to perform several services including, but not limited to; recovering refrigerant, delivery of refrigerant or providing fire suppression recharges, to maintain critical infrastructure.

A-Gas’ plants will be fully operational to continue to reclaim products like Halon 1301 and R-22 that are mission critical and need to be available for repairs and emergencies.

These gases have been phased out of production, so reclamation is the only way to guarantee future supply. Recycling your used gases is essential at this time so that A-Gas can continue to supply critical industries with the products they need to be fully operational.