COVID-19: Impact on Safety - updates for the UK oil and gas industry workforce

More than a month on from the onset of COVID-19 in the UK, Step Change in Safety and OGUK have produced 6 new short information films for the UK oil and gas industry workforce to bring them up to date about the strategy for addressing the virus offshore and at heliports.

Over 4 short films, OGUK HSE Director Trevor Stapleton discusses the current strategy for addressing COVID-19 in the offshore oil and gas industry. Steve Rae, Executive Director Step Change in Safety looks back at an unprecedented time for the UK oil and gas industry and also examines the way forward. (All information correct at time of recording 20/04/2020)

In this film, Trevor Stapleton outlines the key elements of the 'Preventing and Protecting' strategy which includes testing and health checks.

In this film, Trevor Stapleton outlines the key elements of the current situation regarding Offshore Helicopter Transport, including face coverings, social distancing in heliports, and temperature checks.

In this film, Trevor discusses installation-specific health and safety, including 'essential work,' personal hygiene, cabin-sharing and social distancing.

In this film, Trevor discusses the current procedures for arriving back at UK heliports and talks about 'safe havens' and 'safe passage.'

Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae looks back at an unprecedented time for the UK oil and gas industry.

(1) A retrospective view of "the journey" we've all been on since COVID-19 took its grip on the UK; the workforce's role in effective Control of Work and Management of Change.

(2) The way forward - commitment, the use of social media, family concerns and the need to ask the 'right questions.'


COVID-19:Impact on Safety webinar

AUDIO ONLY - 9th April 2020.

Many thanks to our panellists:

Dale Checksfield - OIM, Chrysaor

Bob Egan - Workforce Engagement Specialist, Health & Safety Executive

Jake Molloy - RMT Union

Trevor Stapleton - HSE Director, OGUK

Craig Wiggins - SVP Global HSSE, Aker Solutions

Chaired bt Steve Rae - Executive Director, Step Change in Safety


In this film, Susan Elston, Vice Chair of the Caterers Caterers Offshore Trade Association (COTA) answers questions from the workforce regarding cleaning, catering and hygiene offshore during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this film, Dr Graham Furnace, OGUK Medical Advisor, answers current medical and health questions from the workforce. Topics include: temperature checking; what to do if your temperature is high; and self-isolation offshore.

In this film, Graham Wildgoose, OGUK Aviation Advisor, and Matt Rhodes, Bristow Helicopters UK and member of the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team, answer current questions from the workforce about offshore helicopter travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Latest information 27/03/2020.


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