Leading trade unions have reacted to reports that oil and gas giant Shell is considering a “jab or job” policy for employees.
For well over a year now, North Sea oil and gas workers have had to comply with numerous measures designed to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Discussions are ongoing that could avoid swathes of North Sea oil workers having to return home in the event of a Covid-19 breakout.
The number of people working in the offshore oil and gas sector has returned to levels not seen since before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Industry leaders reflected on a year spent “facing a common enemy” during the closing session of the Oil and Gas UK HSE conference.
Most oil firms would be “very wary” of trying to enforce a “no jab, no job” vaccine policy for its workforce, according to a top employment lawyer.
Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) is calling for North Sea workers to be able to receive a Covid vaccine “as a priority” after a spike in virus-related evacuations in recent weeks.
One of the country's top microbiologists has said he would be “very surprised” if offshore oil and gas workers in the UK receive the Covid-19 vaccine before Easter.
The North Sea is not expected to see any surge in offshore manning levels for months, according to industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK).
Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) is planning a review of medical certificates which could limit the number of people going offshore with heart conditions.
Increasing manning levels offshore is the "only way" the North Sea sector will be able to clear its growing maintenance backlog, according to oil and gas safety chiefs.
North Sea safety bosses have insisted the oil and gas industry is “still in control”, despite a recent resurgence of Covid-19 offshore.
Making asymptomatic testing available for all offshore workers could be critical in ensuring the industry can meet increased energy demands during the winter months, according to safety bosses.
A leading industry body has revealed suspected Covid-19 cases offshore have continued to fall due to “effective industry-wide measures”.
The North Sea is bringing the risk of Covid "under control" with just 10 cases of people contracting it while at work offshore in the UK .
Very few people instinctively know what to do during a crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic is of a scale and severity which none of us have seen before, but we shouldn’t take for granted the true value of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry’s culture of safety.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported that four workers have contracted Covid-19 as a result of occupational exposure offshore, with more expected to follow.
Trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said it is “continuing to work with the government” on sector-specific guidance for easing the lockdown in the industry.
Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has confirmed it is to seek an exemption for offshore workers to a new 14-day quarantine on flight arrivals to the UK.
Around 200 North Sea workers have been evacuated with suspected Covid-19 symptoms over the last six weeks as the sector has attempted to manage the spread of the virus.
The UK oil and gas sector can’t “jump the gun” on the removal of minimum manning across the North Sea, according to a safety chief.
The UK's oil and gas industry has welcomed the publication of fresh guidance on managing Covid-19 cases offshore.
North Sea oil and gas workers are to be given priority Covid-19 testing places alongside emergency service and critical staff.
An oil and gas representative body said it has been “very clear” on the messaging over Covid-19 offshore testing, but that it “takes time” after one oil major sent workers offshore prior to receiving their results.