COVID-19 and Offshore Safety


The offshore energy industry is committed to protecting the health and safety of its employees, the communities that support operations and the consumers that depend on production. NOIA member companies have implemented protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, share best practices and lessons learned with each other and coordinate with the Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

  1. WORKER SELF-SCREENING: The first line of defense are workers themselves. Workers who have symptoms, have been in close contact with any one has had symptoms, or have recently traveled to areas with community spread are told to stay home and to contact their employer.
  2. PRE-TRAVEL SCREENING: Companies are screening workers before they check-in to board any marine vessels or helicopters to go offshore. Workers fill out exposure and symptom screening questionnaires, are subjected to temperature screening as well as additional medical screening.
  3. MARINE & SHOREBASE MITIGATION: Companies are providing onboard measures to enable exposure limiting practices and planning for symptom assessments for symptomatic individuals. Companies are following Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. Vessels and shorebases are supplied with additional alcohol-based hand sanitizer and surface cleaning products as well as digital no- touch thermometers and N95 respirators.
  4. FACILITY MITIGATION: On offshore facilities, mitigation measures to implement social distancing practices have been established, especially in the galley area, and continuous screening is still followed. Companies are following enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and good house keeping measures, including increased sanitization.


COVID-19 is new, elvoving challenge for the world and for the offshore energy industry. Accordingly, practices and strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of workers and communities and produce the energy the world needs are constantly adapting. NOIA encourages you to visit the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) website for the latest information:

NOIA Content
COVID-19 & Offshore Safety One Pager

Industry Response
Offshore Oil Rigs Are A Special Case For COVID-19, Forbes
The novel coronavirus has made its way onto oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, The Advocate
In Gulf's oil rigs, crews fight coronavirus to keep crude flowing, Bloomberg
Coronavirus confirmed on offshore platforms in Gulf, Associated Press
26 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed on Gulf of Mexico Offshore Oil Platforms, TIME

General Industry Resources
Offshore Operators Committee
International Air Transport Association
International Maritime Association 
Marine Safety Information Bulletin

General Resources
World Health Organization (WHO)
Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Diagnostics In Context