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COVID-19 and returning to the workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and continues to present the marine contracting sector with some significant challenges, particularly when in association with the effects of the recent fall in the price of oil.

This Information Note provides members with information intended to help them safely re-establish working arrangements as restrictions on movement and social contact are modified. The information herein is drawn from good practice occupational health and safety guidance provided by our members, by governments, and by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It is anticipated that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 will remain for some time. Returning to the office environment therefore will not be straightforward. Members should continue to consider how to protect employees, visitors, and others from the risk of infection. Careful planning is required, based on an assessment of the risk of disease transmission in the work environment, and assessment of the way transmission can be eliminated or reduced as far as practicable whilst still enabling business to function.

This guidance does not supersede any local regulatory requirements, which should always be followed. Final decisions and plans should be complemented by a location-specific risk assessment.

Individual behaviours and personal responsibility are considered the key barrier or control measure for interrupting the spread of any viral disease, including COVID-19. An effective barrier may exist when people follow social distancing and hygiene advice, both at work and at home, and self-isolate if they exhibit relevant symptoms

Originally issued with the following reference(s): IMCA HSSE 02/20

IMCA Contact

Nicholas Hough
Consultant - Safety and Security

Information Note Details

Published date: 1 July 2020
Information note ID: 1515


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