The province’s offshore oil and gas regulator says it’s working to protect offshore workers from the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a release Tuesday, the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) says testing is taking place ahead of flights to offshore oil and gas platforms.
“Screening has been in place at the St. John's Heliport since March 6, and includes a questionnaire and temperature scan for all personnel entering the facility, including Cougar employees. Both are being administered by Atlantic Offshore Medical Services,” reads the release.
“Operators have also implemented additional screening for workers onboard supply vessels and for workers who are off-hitch.”
The C-NLOPB says it is engaged with daily conference calls with offshore operators as the situation continues and is implementing all recommendations from public health officials and the provincial and federal governments.
“All operators have appropriate plans in place and are in communication with each other as well as with appropriate regulators, to ensure a consistent basin-wide response,” reads the release.
“Safety is top of mind for everyone involved and both operators and the C-NLOPB are prepared to respond immediately to the rapidly changing response to COVID-19.”
The C-NLOPB offices are closed to the public, with non-essential workers working from home for the foreseeable future.