CDI Inspector: COVID-19 precautions

CDI Inspector: COVID-19 precautions � 20th March 2020

For the attention of all CDI Inspectors

Further to earlier advisories, the following updated COVID-19 Precautions is issued to all CDI inspectors

Corona virus (COVID-19) is effecting all of us in our social lives and across all industries, in ways unimaginable only a few weeks ago. CDI remains operational and is continuing to conduct CDI inspections where possible as we understand how important it is to provide chemical companies with risk mitigation inspection reports and provide ships with active CDI reports to assist in helping the Marine chemical/gas/petroleum and petrochemical supply chain keep functioning. CDI is continually evaluating the COVID-19 crisis as it develops and adapting to ensure we remain as functional as possible.

None the less, it�s also important that we safeguard the health and welfare of CDI inspectors who are working at the forefront and that we actively work to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19.

A. CDI inspectors should

1. Stay at home if they feel unwell
2. When traveling to/from the vessel or whilst onboard
i. Comply with all WHO COVID-19 precautions and any local specific requirements in place
ii. Regularly wash their hands
iii. Avoid all physical contact
iv. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
v. Maintain social distancing from everybody in accordance with WHO requirements
vi. Avoid touching certificates or other ships paperwork and /or equipment
vii. When subjected to security checks at ports, terminals, ships ensure avoidance of all physical contact when showing ID documentation

B. The following is supporting information regarding COVID-19 precautions

1. The �World Health Organisation� (WHO)
WHO have issue advice at this link regarding COVID-19 precautionary measures

i. Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

ii. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

iii. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

iv. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

v. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

vi. Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- Stay at home, if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover and inform CDI
- Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travellers.
- Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

C. Travel guidance
Inspectors should be guided by their local government regarding travel advice and restrictions. None the less, here in the UK the �British Foreign Commonwealth Office Travel advice centre� (FCO) provides continually updated travel information not only relating to COVID-19 but all areas of health and safety on a country by country basis.

CDI extends its thanks to all CDI inspectors for your continuing support in these difficult times.

We must all continue to work together and maintain a healthy, safe and functioning working environment

My Thanks

General Manager

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