Oil and gas companies taking steps to keep employees safe from COVID-19

On Monday, Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw addressed concerns being brought up regarding employees being in close quarters at work camps and construction sites amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said each area is unique, however some basic steps companies should take include making sure social distancing is happening and cancelling buffet-style dining.

“If there are gatherings of people up to 50, that they’re able to socially distance, so they’re more than two metres apart,” Hinshaw said.
“Those are the kinds of things that are important to make sure that risk is mitigated.”

She said that at the moment she believes there is no “undue risk” to workers at camps, but that Alberta Health is assessing the situation every day.

“If we feel more measures need to be taken, we will put those in place,” Hinshaw said.

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