Trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has announced that all workers travelling to the UK continental shelf will be given a protective snood to help against coronavirus infection.

The trade body has been working on a device to protect to protect helicopter pilots which still complies with their evacuation procedures. Four helicopter service companies have endorsed the use of this snood.

OGUK health and safety director Trevor Stapleton said: “All workers travelling offshore will be issued with a protective snood following their routine temperature check at the heliport. The snood will then be worn in the heliport and for the duration of travel both to and from the installation only. They are single use and personnel will be issued with a new snood for each trip offshore.

“The snood represents just one of the barriers being employed to prevent and manage COVID-19 across our essential workforce.”