Encouraging results from COVID-19 inspections
News announcement - Published 6 May, 2020
NOPSEMA has completed a series of remote COVID-19 specific inspections, confirming operators of offshore facilities are equipped with adequate arrangements for protecting workers from infectious diseases such as COVID-19.
The focused inspections were undertaken after NOPSEMA directed all operators to review their infectious disease management plans to ensure they had tailored arrangements in place for reducing COVID-19 related health risks.
Results indicate that operators have taken reasonable steps to protect the health of the workforce in relation to COVID-19 and that operators continue to monitor and evolve their arrangements in response to latest information and expert medical advice.
NOPSEMA recognises that implementing measures to prioritise the health and safety of workers has in some cases required significant change to regular working arrangements and acknowledges the substantial efforts of industry, health and safety representatives, and the workforce to ensure the wellbeing of the workforce is maintained.
NOPSEMA has published a list of better practice responses to inspection questions as a means of encouraging consistent practices and approaches to COVID-19 across industry.
While pleased with the outcomes of the inspections, the regulator is encouraging operators to remain vigilant and continue to undertake all necessary precautions to reduce transmission risks within the workforce.
- occupational health & safety