COVID-19 Videos

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.

COVID-19 safety videos from Step Change in Safety:

COVID-19: Change of Management

COVID-19: Communication

COVID-19: Control of Work

COVID-19: Competence

COVID-19: Complacency

COVID-19: Commitment

COVID-19: Culture

Step Change in Safety, the industry’s recognised safety organisation, has teamed up with OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, to offer support to the tens of thousands of workers keeping the UK running with secure and affordable energy during the coronavirus pandemic.

A new dedicated online hub - which is made up of two dedicated sites on the Step Change in Safety and OGUK websites - with guidance, videos and FAQs has been launched to provide everyone involved in the industry, and their families, with a “one-stop shop” to address concerns on the prevention and protection against coronavirus in around 150 manned installations across the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and the substantial onshore workforce.

Both organisations are working jointly to provide the most accurate information about topics and services such as offshore helicopter travel, health screening and training re-certification.

In a joint statement published today, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie and Step Change in Safety Executive Director Steve Rae, said:

Our industry workforce plays a critical role in providing the energy and products the UK needs to power hospitals and make essential trips. Our message to our people is clear: you are doing an essential job in keeping us safe and warm, and we need to work together to keep you safe at work.

“Working tirelessly with governments, regulators and our industry we have secured clear arrangements on the safe removal of suspected cases from offshore, on establishing our workforce as key workers so they can continue to send their children to school if they have to, continue to travel to work and work on temperature testing as standard at all heliports.

“We continue to work with governments to make the case for testing offshore personnel, and now, more than ever before, we will be supporting our workforce to feel and be safe as they carry out their essential work. It’s why today we are combining strengths in launching a dedicated online hub with guidance, videos and FAQs.

"We will continue to encourage the participation of the unions, the regulator, and our members to work together in circumstances that are completely unprecedented.”

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