Gazprom Neft’s directly-owned refineries — its Moscow and Omsk Refineries — have begun fitting automatic personnel temperature monitoring systems at plant entry points. These systems are being deployed as part of safety initiatives to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout the company’s continuous-production operations. These new facilities are designed to work with moving streams of people, facilitating a three-fold improvement in the time spent on taking temperatures. Ultra-sensitive remote-controlled thermal imaging devices can measure temperatures accurately to within 0.3 degrees. Check-point staff are notified if anyone is identified as having a raised body temperature — one of the symptoms of COVID-19.
Gazprom Neft’s Moscow and Omsk Refineries are strategically important businesses and remain in continuous operation, manufacturing products in strict compliance with all mandatory sanitary requirements and preventative measures. Inflows of employees are strictly demarcated, with floors specifically marked out to ensure social distancing is maintained in common areas. A high level of production-automation means technological processes can be managed by small groups of specialists. Premises and service vehicles are being treated regularly with antiseptics, and antibacterial air-purifiers have been installed. Working from home has been organised for all employees over 60.
Extensive testing has been arranged to identify employees showing no external symptoms. Preventative detection of latent forms of the disease, together with isolation, alongside anti-epidemiological initiatives are effective measures in countering COVID-19 at continuous-production facilities.