At present, about 38,000 specialists work in gas distribution companies operating under the RGC brand. Many of them cannot switch to remote work, as their work is connected to gas distribution pipelines or the operation of gas equipment.
Each service has its own specific demands. Obviously, emergency dispatch services need their own model, but so do complex-instrumental inspection specialists, or locksmiths of underground gas pipelines. This has led to the growth of a garment industry of sorts.
However, the spread of coronavirus in Ukraine has forced adjustments to the company's work. The quarantine made it clear that a large number of masks and suits would be needed to protect both staff and customers.
After all, during the quarantine, about 12,000 specialists continued to perform their work. Therefore, the clothing production process was urgently re-profiled to create personal protective equipment.
Since mid-March, 105,000 protective masks and 4,000 suits have been produced for gas distribution companies operating under the RGC brand. Some of the masks were donated as charitable assistance. Some 60 hospitals in 16 oblasts received medical supplies and protective equipment worth UAH 23 million.
As for protective suits, they are actively used by employees of gas distribution companies in their work: when visiting gas consumers, and while disinfecting vehicles.