U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Employers to Help Protect Oil and Gas Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released coronavirus-related guidance 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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.