Rapid antigen testing at Longford Gas Plants

Esso takes further steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Rapid antigen testing commences at Longford Gas Plants

Last month, Esso Australia’s Longford Gas Plants added an additional safety measure in the fight against COVID-19, implementing rapid antigen testing (RAT) for workers and those accessing the site.

Any person who works at the plant is required to undergo two tests each week, no more than 72 hours apart. Further to this, any visitor to site is required to complete a COVID declaration and receive a negative rapid antigen test result before site access is approved.

“As the pandemic continues to evolve and change rapidly, it’s important we adapt to help minimise the spread of the virus and keep our workforce as safe as possible.

“It’s imperative that we ensure our people are entering a safe environment when they come to work,” said Longford Plant Manager, Kartik Garg.

“Our administration of over 760 tests per week adds another layer of protection, to a broad range of measures we have implemented since COVID-19 hit Australian shores last year, supporting us to continue to operate safely and maintain our essential gas supplies throughout the pandemic,” he continued.

Esso Australia Occupational Health Manager, Dr Marcus Hirschfield, highlighted the importance of rapid antigen testing.

“After successfully introducing rapid antigen testing at Longford Heliport for our offshore workforce in October, we’re now taking steps to roll them out across our other critical operations.”

“Rapid antigen testing are extremely helpful in maintaining workplace safety and mitigating outbreaks on site.”

“They are highly accurate, quick and easy, with results available in 15-20 minutes and are a highly useful tool in managing the spread of the virus and future outbreaks.”

“Whilst RAT tests are a highly useful tool, it is important to note that they are not our first line of defense. If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, it is critical that you do not attend site and that you obtain a negative PCR test to keep you and your community safe.”