On 7th April NOPSEMA issued a Safety Alert to all operators of offshore facilities who may be considering modified roster arrangements to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among members of the offshore workforce.

As outlined in the Safety Alert, while NOPSEMA acknowledges that changes to roster arrangements are an important consideration in managing the risks of COVID-19, they advise that operators should ensure that the associated impacts on fatigue and psychological hazards are taken into account, are documented, and involve extensive workforce consultation.

NOPSEMA has undertaken inspections in response to proposed COVID-19 roster modifications and will continue to do so to ensure that facility operators are undertaking appropriate workforce consultation, risk assessment and management of change processes.

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