Aramco implements thermal screening of staff, mental health support measures

May 5, 2020
Saudi Aramco has issued an update on its measures to counter the spread of COVID-19.

Offshore staff

DHAHRAN, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Aramco has issued an update on its measures to counter the spread of COVID-19.

Integral to the company’s medical preparedness/response effort is its joint venture with Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) at its Dhahran headquarters.

Aramco has worked with JHAH to roll out a company-wide health awareness campaign, ensuring all employees have access to the latest accurate information about preventing transmission of COVID-19; what actions to follow should symptoms occur; and where to receive medical assistance.

In addition, Aramco has introduced an online COVID-19 mental health tool it for personnel in isolation or quarantine, along with their family and friends.

Where possible employees are working from home, including those deemed to be at higher risk from infection.

However, many other staff members continue to report to their normal workplace because of the essential nature of their duties, which cannot be conducted remotely.

To protect staff working at Aramco sites, the company has intensified sterilization measures, with 100% thermal screening of employees and contractors across all facilities and company transport laid on to limit the possibility of contagion at offshore and onshore locations.

Last month, the company and its subsidiaries donated $53 million to the Health Endowment Fund of the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia to support efforts to combat COVID-19, including the provision of ventilators for intensive care units.