OSHA Guidance to Employers to Help Protect Oil and Gas Workers
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released Guidance to Employers to Help Protect Oil and Gas Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for oil and gas workers.
Employers with workers engaged in the oil and gas industry should remain alert to changing conditions, and implement infection prevention measures accordingly. The guidance includes information regarding:
- Deferring work requiring close contact with others, if that work can be postponed;
- Configuring communal work environments so that workers are spaced at least 6 feet apart;
- Staggering workers’ arrival, break and departure times;
- Ensuring adequate ventilation in work areas to help minimize potential exposures;
- Implementing other appropriate engineering, administrative and work practice controls, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment; and
- Encourage workers to wear face coverings as a source control to prevent the potential spread of the virus.