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19 March 2020

Covid-19 update - protecting health and wellbeing

In these unprecedented times, we wanted to update you on the steps Petrofac Training is taking to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.

Protecting the health and wellbeing of our clients and employees continues to be our priority.

To help combat the spread of the virus we continue to stringently follow Government advice and are taking proactive and precautionary steps to:

  • Educate our staff on prevention and containment, including the need to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, are symptomatic
  • Ensure those who have travelled to an impacted area and/or are suffering from a new persistent cough or fever or shortness of breath do not visit our training centres
  • Instruct customers to complete a self-declaration upon arrival at our training centres or exercise venues, confirming awareness and compliance with the restrictions. Delegates who do not complete a self-declaration will not be permitted to join any training course or exercise
  • Reduce the volume of traffic to our training centres by stopping non-business critical face to face meetings, replacing them instead with Skype calls
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and sterilising of our public areas and equipment
  • Adjust our food and beverage service in accordance with current food safety recommendations
  • Introduce social distancing at our training centres where possible
  • Offer a range of alternative and supplementary eLearning training courses

As a precautionary measure to minimise the risk of Covid-19, we ask that training is rescheduled, at no additional cost, if you or someone you are managing training for meet any of the criteria in the following list:

  • Anyone having had contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the last 14 days
  • Anyone suffering from a new persistent cough or fever or shortness of breath

If any of the above apply to you, please contact our Customer Services Team on 0845 606 2 909 or by emailing bookings@petrofac.com to reschedule the training booking to an alternative date.

In evolving situations like this we understand the need for clear communication. We have included answers to frequently asked questions below. If you have any specific queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing bookings@petrofac.com.


Frequently asked questions

 

Q: Are your training centres open and running as normal?

All Petrofac Training centres are open and our scheduled training courses are running as normal.

We have implemented a range of proactive and precautionary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our clients and employees. Please see the communication above for more detail.

 

Q: I have booked a training course but I can no longer attend due to Covid-19.  What should I do?

Petrofac Training courses can be rescheduled for a later date at no additional cost to the customer.

Please contact our Customer Services Team on 0845 606 2 909 or by emailing bookings@petrofac.com to reschedule your training booking

 

Q: I have travelled to an impacted country within the last 14 days and I’m due to start training shortly. What should I do?

As a precautionary measure to minimise the risk of Covid-19, we have asked delegates to reschedule training, at no additional cost, if the delegate meets any of the criteria in the following list:

  • Anyone who has travelled to an impacted area within the last 14 days
  • Anyone having had contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the last 14 days
  • Anyone suffering from a new persistent cough or fever or shortness of breath

 

Q: What happens if a delegate attends a training centre while displaying the symptoms?

On arrival at our training centre or exercise venue, delegates will be required to complete a self-declaration, confirming awareness and compliance with the restrictions. This process also makes delegates aware that they have a responsibility to inform a member of staff and withdraw from training in the event they begin to exhibit symptoms.

Delegates who do not complete a self-declaration will not be permitted to join any training course or exercise. Our staff are actively monitoring delegates for any signs of ill health and fitness to continue training and will remove individuals from training if they show or report symptoms of Covid-19.

 

Q: My OPITO certification is due to expire but I am unable to complete refresher training due to Covid-19. What will happen to my certification?

OPITO recognises that members of the workforce may be unable to undertake essential refresher training causing their offshore certification to lapse.

OPITO has implemented a certification extension which enables employers and self-sponsors to apply for an extension if required. Please visit the OPITO website for further details.

 

Q: How often do you clean rebreathers and Compressed Air Emergency Breathing Systems used in training?

Our rebreather and compressed air emergency breathing systems are sterilised after every use and the manufacturer has confirmed that the Chemgene disinfectant we sterilise the equipment with is effective against viruses such as Covid-19. The manufacturer advises a dilution rate of 1 part Chemgene HLD4 and 100 parts water, and we have been following a more stringent regime since its inception in 2014, of 1:50 dilution.

We have implemented additional cleaning of CPR mannequins and adjusted the requirements of CPR training as per recent OPITO guidance.

We also sterilise all Maintenance Areas used to sterilise, repair and maintain compressed air emergency breathing systems and LAP jackets with a 50/50 Chemgene/water mix as a precaution.  

 

Q: Have you implemented social distancing?

Social distancing has been introduced where possible, including using larger classrooms so our customers and employees can avoid close contact.

Close contact means being in prolonged contact with an individual. In specific terms, this means being less than 2 meters apart for more than 15 minutes. For example, this could include people you share the same home with and sit next to on the sofa for a period. Or those you have travelled with in the same car or sat next to on a train for more than 15 minutes.

Close contact does not include being in the same general area as a person for shorter periods. For example, it’s unlikely you would class things like passing in the corridor, meeting at the shop or even playing football as close contact, unless you spent more than 15 minutes less than 2 meters apart.

UK Government advice for those who have met or worked with someone who was since taken unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, is that they do not need to self isolate unless they develop symptoms themselves.

 

Q: What are you doing to prevent the spread of the virus?

To help combat the spread of Covid-19, we are taking proactive and precautionary steps to:

  • Educate our staff on prevention and containment, including the need to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, are symptomatic
  • Ensure those who have travelled to an impacted area and/or are suffering from a new persistent cough or fever or shortness of breath do not visit our training centres
  • Instruct customers to complete a self-declaration upon arrival at our training centres or exercise venues, confirming awareness and compliance with the restrictions. Delegates who do not complete a self-declaration will not be permitted to join any training course or exercise
  • Reduce the volume of traffic to our training centres by stopping non-business critical face to face meetings, replacing them instead with Skype calls
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and sterilising of our public areas and equipment
  • Adjust our food and beverage service in accordance with current food safety recommendations
  • Introduce social distancing at our training centres where possible
  • Offer a range of alternative and supplementary eLearning training courses

We have also established a Covid-19 response team who are actively monitoring the situation and identifying how the developments will affect our clients and employees. 

We continue to stringently follow Government and Oil and Gas UK advice to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, clients and suppliers. For more information about the Coronavirus, visit the NHS website – https://111.nhs.uk/Covid-19

 

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