What can offshore petroleum rigs do about COVID-19?

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Thursday, 26 March, 2020 - 14:45
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National News

All offshore petroleum facility operators need to review their infectious disease management plans to ensure that they have arrangements in place for reducing the health risks to the Australian offshore petroleum industry workforce in response to COVID-19, according to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).

It recently conducted a survey of all facility operators to establish what they were doing to manage the health of offshore workers with respect to the COVID-19 risk.

NOPSEMA analysed the responses of the survey and established that in most cases, implementation of plans was well developed and that some of the risk reduction measures used by some facility operators may be more effective if these were applied more widely across industry.

NOPSEMA recently published this survey as a means of encouraging consistent and best practice across the industry, to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, and to limit opportunities for exposure among the offshore workforce.

In addition to assisting the Australian workforce, the information has been shared with the international offshore industry with a view to developing global responses to this global health issue.

NOPSEMA said facility operators are encouraged to review the information and identify opportunities to improve their current systems and practices.

The authority also encouraged members of the offshore workforce and their health and safety representatives to use the information as a prompt to review current practice on their facilities and to encourage facility management to adopt better practice where possible.