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August 8, 2020

At 1:47 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020, power was restored to the Experimental Station.

As of 1:28 p.m., Site Facility and Life Safety Teams have confirmed building operations have returned to normal and all systems are functional.  Buildings can now be re-occupied.

There are several downed trees on site. Clean up activities are underway.  Exercise caution if driving on site.

Please check hoods, instruments and other sensitive equipment at startup.  Report any issues to your site facilities team.

 

August 8, 2020

At approximately, 5:48 p.m. Friday, August 7th, the Experimental Station experienced a site-wide power outage due to severe weather and loss of power supply from Delmarva.

At 1:47 a.m., Saturday, August 8, 2020 power was restored to the site.

Buildings cannot be re-occupied until building system operations are confirmed by site facilities.

Site Facility Teams are on-site performing building checks to confirm systems are functional and clean-up activities to address downed trees and debris are underway.

An update will be provided later today.

 

August 7, 2020

At approximately, 5:48 p.m. Friday, August 7, 2020, the Experimental Station experienced a site wide power outage related to severe weather in the area.  Delmarva is assessing the situation.  The outage is expected to last an extended period of time.  Under power loss conditions, ESL personnel should evacuate the buildings to either interior or exterior Rally Points.

Any concerns please advise ESL Site Security at 302-695-2200.

 

August 4, 2020

At approximately, 12:38 p.m. today, the Experimental Station experienced a site-wide power loss.

At 5:14 p.m., power was restored to the site.  ESL Power Operations was able to energize the site safely after repairs were completed by Delmarva.

As of 9:00 p.m., Facility and Life Safety Teams have confirmed building operations have returned to normal and all systems are functional.  The Experimental Station is now open for normal business.  Please check hoods, instruments and other sensitive equipment at startup.  Report any issues to your site facilities team.

 

May 21, 2020

The Facilities Services Team is working hard to prepare for employees to return to our Wilmington sites safely.   We’re a little more than a week out from the start of Phase 2 (Monday, June 1) in our Back-to-Workplace plan. As a reminder, we’re allowing up to 50% of our employees to return and will rely on staggered work schedules to help with social distancing. 

To be included in the Phase 2 return, you need approval from your manager. This is a critical step in our planning that helps us keep to the site occupancy standards we set and informs us what work stations will be occupied.

As part of our plan, we’ll continue to assess safety and health as we slowly introduce employees back into the workplace. That information, along with local government actions, will inform our Phase 3 start date and any additional safety protocols we may need to put in place.

Please check your email for more detail about the back to workplace phased plan and what it means to you.  

 

May 7, 2020

With the anticipation of shelter-in-place orders being lifted soon by the local government, a three-phased approach has been designed to slowly and safely bring additional employees back to our campuses. As we work toward resuming normal operations over time, new procedures will need to be in place to maintain social distancing, continue enhanced cleaning, and add other layers of protection.

Phased back-to-workplace plan

Our back-to-workplace plan will be implemented over three phases so new procedures can be put in place and we can introduce a limited number of people to the sites as we adapt. This phased approach is part of a comprehensive Back-to-Workplace Playbook. 

  • Phase 1: Facilities Readiness, will begin on May 11 and include additional essential personnel needed to prepare the site for reopening.
  • Phase 2: Reduced Site Population, we anticipate will start on June 1. This phase will allow up to 50% of employees to return and will rely on staggered work schedules to help us achieve important social distancing and the proper usage of face-coverings.
  • Phase 3: Increased Site Population, will allow additional employees (up to 80%) to return, as conditions further improve.

The dates provided are contingent on the conditions in the area continuing to improve. Adjustments will be made if disease rates indicate additional time is needed before entering a new phase and in accordance with the guidance from the State of Delaware.

HR is working with Business and Functional leaders to identify employees who will return during Phases 2 and 3.

Please check your email for more detail about the back to workplace phased plan and what it means to you.  

 

April 23, 2020

The site closures for Chestnut Run and the Experimental Station have been extended.  Both sites remain open to Essential Personnel only.  All non-essential personnel are to continue to work from home.

As in past weeks, we'll continue to monitor and assess measures being taken to fight the spread of COVID-19, including Shelter in Place, and other orders from local and state governments.  

We'll evaluate these temporary working conditions every two weeks and inform you of any changes. In that respect, the next update we’ll provide will be during the week of May 4.

Site leadership is developing plans for a safe, phased and gradual return to the workplace including specific measures for offices and labs.  These plans are being developed to assist in returning to our campuses when health conditions and government mandates allow us to do so.

 

April 9, 2020

The site closures for Chestnut Run and the Experimental Station have been extended.  Both sites remain open to Essential Personnel only.  All non-essential personnel are to continue to work from home.

We'll continue to monitor and assess measures being taken to fight the spread of COVID-19, including Shelter in Place, and other orders from local and state governments.  We will continue to evaluate these temporary working conditions every two weeks and inform you of any changes.

 

March 26, 2020

Based on the current situation, non-essential personnel at Chestnut Run and the Experimental Station should plan on working from home for the next two weeks.  Both sites will remain open to essential personnel only.

We are continuing to monitor and assess measures being taken to fight the spread of COVID-19, including Shelter in Place and other orders from local and state governments.  We will be evaluating these temporary working conditions on an ongoing basis and will inform you of any changes as information becomes available.  If you have questions about whether or not you are required to continue working on-site, please contact your supervisor.

 

March 22, 2020

Modifications to the Delaware State of Emergency have been issued to help fight the spread of COVID-19.  These orders go into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and require individuals located in Delaware to stay at home except for certain essential activities and for work to provide essential business and government services.  All non-essential businesses in Delaware are to close.

Chestnut Run Plaza and the Experimental Station have identified Essential Personnel who are reporting to work to maintain critical site and business operations.  This status is recognized by the State of Delaware.  Both sites will remain open for Essential Personnel.  Essential Personnel should continue to report to work as defined by your business or company.  If you have any questions about your status, please contact your direct supervisor. 

To our contract partners performing critical work at CRP and ESL, please connect with your Contract Administrator for information and documentation concerning your essential role in support of site operations.

All Essential Personnel are required to perform a daily Pre-site Entrance Survey and Pre-site Self-assessment Temperature Screening for the safety of their peers. 

 

March 15, 2020

To ensure we’re doing our part to limit the spread of the virus, we’re following suit with local government and have made the decision to require our Chestnut Run Plaza and Experimental Station employees to work from home, this policy remains in effect until further notice. Both sites will remain open for essential personnel.

If you have questions about whether or not you are required to continue working on-site, please contact your direct manager.

We will continue to keep you updated with the latest developments, and we strongly encourage you to visit the Coronavirus page on the DuPont intranet as the situation evolves.

Employee health, safety, and wellbeing remains our top priority.  Please take all precautions and common-sense steps to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Please report unsafe conditions on-site

Chestnut Run Plaza

FACT (during business hours)

302.999.2000

7 am to 4 pm M-F

Chestnut Run Plaza

Security (off hours)

302.999.2200

Experimental Station

Security

302.695.2200

For emergency or quick action needs, ice melt products are available for your use at each building entrance.

 

 
 
 

Important reminders for ESL residents

At the Experimental Station “site closed” or “delayed opening” statements mean that site residents should not arrive at the site until the designated/communicated opening time.

During these situations, access to the site will be managed, depending on the reason for the adjustment in schedule, access may not be permitted:

  • Pre-designated, essential services personnel are granted access to safely clear the Site for opening and to restore normal operations.
  • Pre-established, business-critical access is granted to identified essential personnel to maintain business-critical operations or to shut down operations.
  • Personnel arriving on-site are required to badge in. Personnel may also be required to sign in and provide additional information.
  • Personnel should not expect to arrive on-site during a closure or delayed opening and initiate normal operations as the site is not operating under normal conditions.

For “Early Closings” all site residents must make safe their operations and leave the site as soon as it is practical to do so.  Essential personnel or other personnel remaining on-site past the announced closure time may be asked to contact Security.

Residents who leave personal vehicles on-site overnight or for extended periods of time do so at their own risk and are required to inform Security.

During inclement weather events, crews and equipment are actively addressing site conditions and a personal vehicle could impede this work.  Residents should think about the vehicle location and consider relocating to Parking Lot #1 behind Building 356.  Unidentified personal vehicles, left on-site for an extended period which disrupt work activities, may be towed at the owner’s expense.