IADC and Industry Considerations Related to COVID-19
Since 1940, IADC’s primary goal has been the improvement of safety and indeed safety remains as a cornerstone of IADC to this day. IADC remains wholly committed to a well-trained and informed workforce and the reduction of accidents and/or incidents.
The current ongoing situation with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing a number of concerns for the drilling industry and IADC Members. These concerns are related to government-imposed regulations restricting or forbidding group gatherings, restrictions to non-essential travel, and other social distancing recommendations that will impact industry training. We recognize that there will be trainees who are unable to attend training and/or assessments. As a result, IADC would like to propose a temporary exception, as follows:
- For current RigPass-accredited training providers, allow remote instruction for the delivery of the approved curriculum.
- The period shall be effective beginning today (13 March 2020) and expire on 31 May 2020. IADC will continuously monitor the situation and consider additional accommodations, as needed.
- The parties agree to continue to monitor the situation as it develops and, once in-person training can safely resume, the parties agree to commence in-person training as soon as reasonably practicable.
- For the sake of good order, it is important to note that IADC is a trade association and not a regulator or a governmental body. Therefore, IADC seeks this mutual agreement between the parties, but is unable to accept any liability or responsibility for the various companies or employees thereof.
IADC believes this is an extraordinary situation that is being addressed on a global scale. However, under the circumstances, we believe that the measures outlined above represent a feasible solution to allow work to continue with a mutual understanding.