ADDRESSING HEALTH CHALLENGESMarathon Oil values the health and wellness of our employees and their families, and we’re committed to promoting and protecting employees’ health on or off the job.
The Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS) guides our efforts to identify and address key health challenges in our operating areas. Areas we address include:
- Occupational hygiene and exposure control
- Medical emergency management
- Fitness-for-duty and medical surveillance
- Public and community health impacts
Our exposure assessment process builds upon and aligns exposure risk management with the health, environment, safety and security (HES&S) risk assessment process. The focus is on identifying, recognizing, evaluating and controlling chemical, physical and biological exposure risks in our workplace. We identify and rank potential exposure hazards according to risk, and then apply industrial hygiene monitoring to ensure that hazards are adequately controlled.
Because cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death in regions where we operate, we have a long-standing partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA). For more than a decade, we’ve worked with AHA to help prevent heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and number 5 killers of Americans, respectively. AHA’s programs – such as training people in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use – align well with our commitment to the health and well-being of our employees, their families and communities. Marathon Oil collaborates with community leaders in our operating areas to advance public health initiatives that promote the common good, and protect the public, our employees and their families.
To encourage employees to improve their health, we piloted AHA’s Check.Change.Control blood pressure management program with our Houston workforce in 2018. Among employees who participated, approximately 35% lowered their blood pressure and approximately 12% moved from hypertensive to an elevated or normal blood pressure level. We also participated in the Heart Walk in Houston and Oklahoma City, expanded the partnership with AHA on CPR awareness and required CPR as part of HES training in several locations.
Marathon Oil sponsored AHA’s annual Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards for the 11th year in 2019. The funds raised during this event contribute to the positive impact AHA has made on the health of the Houston community. In the past year alone, more than 186,500 Houston-area adults and teenagers were trained in CPR, AED use and AHA basic life-saving skills.
Building Capacity for Public Health
Our public health programs in Equatorial Guinea emphasize capacity building to help communities achieve their long-term health goals. The primary program is the Bioko Island Malaria Elimination Project, now in Phase III. As part of our focus on maternal and child health, Marathon Oil and government, nonprofit and university partners funded a program to train and certify nurse midwives. The first group of nurse midwives is now serving throughout the country, and the second group of 55 trainees is expected to graduate in June 2020. In addition, the Ver Bien (See Well) project we launched in 2017 is enhancing educational outcomes for children who have vision problems and need eyeglasses. In 2018, with help from our project partners, we expanded Ver Bien to serve rural primary schools on Bioko Island and progressed toward launching the program to the Equatoguinean mainland.
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