Oil & Gas UK Publishes Ebola GuidelinesSource: Oil Online | 16 October 2014
Oil & Gas UK has published guidelines for mitigating the Ebola risk. Alix Thom, employment and skills issues manager at Oil & Gas UK, said, “While we believe the overall risk to the UK is low, Oil & Gas UK is addressing concerns about the Ebola virus by issuing guidance to our members on how to respond to the potential risk to the health and safety of our workers in the UK offshore oil and gas industry.”
- Ensure personnel receive appropriate advice on avoiding Ebola infection before deployment to Ebola-affected countries.
- Ensure that personnel returning from deployment to Ebola-affected countries are reminded to seek medical attention if they are unwell, or become unwell within 21 days of return, and that personnel should tell the doctor they have recently been to an Ebola-affected country.
- Maintain a list of personnel returning from deployment to Ebola-affected countries to assist in government screening procedures.
- Remind personnel not to proceed offshore if feeling unwell, unless they have sought medical advice first, and that personnel should tell the doctor if they have recently been to an Ebola-affected country.
- Delay any intended visit to a UK offshore installation for a worker who has been (for work or personal reasons) to an Ebola-affected country until a period of 21 days has passed since their return.
- Seek assurance from their medical adviser/contractors (where relevant) that they aware of Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland advice on clinical assessment of suspected Ebola cases.