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Is the Pandemic Taking its Toll on Offshore Workers’ Mental Health?

A new report commissioned International SOS Foundation warns the coronavirus is taking a “significant” toll on the mental health of offshore workers in the oil & gas industry.

Remote working has had an impact on employees’ mental health before the pandemic. With the dangerous, physical, and high-pressure nature of the work, twelve-hour shifts and night work, along with working away from home for extended periods.


Mental Health Offshore working

Most common negative emotional outcomes of Remote Rotational Work


suffered from suicidal thoughts


suffered from loneliness


from emotional exhaustion


met the benchmark for clinical

Over a third exercised less (35%) and experienced worse-quality sleep (38%) and over a quarter (28%) were less able to eat a nutritious diet whilst on rotation

How is mental health being affected by the pandemic?

The coronavirus has not only increased potential health and safety risks, there is also a greater risk of accidents on site and challenges to maintaining productivity levels. With offshore workers living and travelling in physically close to one another, there are fewer opportunities for social distancing than in other industries.

Following COVID-19 Pandemic


increased the demands of their job


increased their stress and anxiety levels


working hours increased


were more concerned for their personal safety

Therefore It is pertinent that organisations implement the appropriate preventative measures to ensure that their workforce is protected.  Find out more about our Mental Health First Aid Training

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