ABS Guidance for Sanitizing Marine and Offshore Assets
ABS has launched comprehensive guidance on sanitizing and decontaminating marine and offshore assets exposed to COVID-19. Response Measures to
ABS has launched comprehensive guidance on sanitizing and decontaminating marine and offshore assets exposed to COVID-19. Response Measures to COVID-19 for the Marine and Offshore Industries provides best practice guidelines for sanitizing assets exposed to COVID-19 and helps maritime leadership address the many challenges the virus brings. The best practices document helps to answer a range of practical, urgent questions including how to prevent an asset from getting contaminated, how to maintain an asset in a sanitized state, how to decontaminate an asset when there is an onboard COVID-19 case and considerations for the choice, use and disposal of cleaning and disinfecting products.
Produced from a maritime public health perspective, the best practices are applicable to commercial and naval vessels, as well as drilling units, production installations and other offshore units.
Response Measures to COVID-19 for the Marine and Offshore Industries is built from a range of independent governmental and commercial sources and is intended to be a consolidation of the best available information at the time of publication. This guidance reinforces ABS’ commitment to safety and the continuity of vital industry operations. Through innovations involving remote surveys and a strengthened focus on shipowner needs, ABS continues its industry support.
The guidance follows last week’s announcement by ABS subsidiary ABS Group Consulting of a Restart Risk ModelTM designed to help commercial and public organizations get workers safely back on site following the COVID-19 stay-at-home directives. The easy-to-follow risk-based framework will aid ship owners to maintain their operations with enhanced working practices that address the ‘new normal’ business environment.