Rig inspection firm Aberdeen Drilling Consultants (ADC) has launched a resilience audit to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 on North Sea installations.
The audit, which will use guidance provided by regulatory and legislative bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Oil and Gas UK, includes best practice procedures on serving food, to social distancing during offshore helicopter transfers.
ADC added that it is already in use by “a number” of its clients.
Austin Hay, ADC director, said: “The virus has hit our industry hard at a time when many felt they were on the road to recovery following the downturn.
“However, our Covid-19 Resilience Audit, which combines new policies, distancing measures and recommendations, gives clients the assurance that operations can continue, maintenance can be managed and risks reduced.
“This will allow them to safely carry on delivering successful operations on time and on budget.”
The audit covers policies and procedures; communication; operational planning and risk management; management of change; emergency response; competence; resourcing; maintenance and inspection.
Mr Hay added: “Naturally, the health and wellbeing of our own specialists are of paramount importance to us when they travel offshore, or to a shipyard to one of the projects we are part of.
“But our business focus has always been to ensure drilling operations can continue as smoothly as possible. Reduced staffing levels due to Covid-19 has both health and productivity implications for an asset.
“We can help companies avoid unnecessary risks and thereby maintain operations by ensuring they comply with the most up-to-date best practices.”