Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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COVID-19 Managing inspector access to offshore petroleum facilities and places

APPEA members note that NOPSEMA is undertaking a staged return to physical offshore inspections (1)

Hosting regulatory inspections is an important element of the oil and gas industry’s resilience and business continuity. For APPEA members, implementation and compliance with accepted management plans, provides an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to high safety and environmental standards.

Principal Requirements

(suggested performance expectations for this part of the protocol)
 

APPEA members, will provide reasonable assistance to NOPSEMA, to support inspectors discharging their regulatory compliance duties and functions, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Guidance

(suggestions for practices to meet performance expectations)
 

APPEA members recognize that in some circumstances access may be required, at short notice, to quarantined offshore facilities and places.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, including access requests at short notice, APPEA members will ensure their internal procedures for specialist access are compatible / congruent with NOPSEMA’s published Compliance Strategy COVID-19 Pandemic (for example – that control measures are proportionate, consistent and consultative).

(1) https://www.nopsema.gov.au/news-and-publications/latest-news/news-announcement/2020/07/10/nopsema-undertakes-staged-return-to-physical-offshore-inspections/

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