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NOPSEMA confident operators prepared for COVID-19

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has completed a series of remote COVID-19 inspections, confirming if operators are equipped to protect their workers.

The Australian regulator explained that the inspections were undertaken after it advised all operators to review their infectious disease management plans to ensure arrangements were in place to reduce COVID-19 related health risks.

Last week, NOPSEMA surveyed all facility operators to establish what they were doing to manage the health of offshore workers, resulting in the risk reduction measures used by some facility operators being identified as more effective if applied across the industry.

As a result, NOPSEMA has found that operators are taking steps to protect the health of the workforce, continuing to monitor and evolve their arrangement in response to COVID-19.

“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,” the regulator outlined.

In addition, the regulator is encouraging operators to remain vigilant and continue to undertake all necessary precaution to reduce transmission risks within the workforce.