The Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS) guides our efforts to identify and address key health challenges in our operations. Areas we address include:
- Occupational hygiene and exposure control,
- Medical emergency management,
- Fitness-for-duty and medical surveillance, and
- 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. We identify and rank potential chemical, physical and biological exposure hazards according to risk, and then apply industrial hygiene monitoring to control hazards. In 2019, Marathon Oil partnered with NIOSH to complete some of these assessments and monitoring within our resource plays business units.
We began monitoring COVID-19 in early 2020, and activated our business continuity plans in the early phases of the pandemic to ensure that all critical aspects of our business functions, as well as the health and safety of our employees were being considered. For more information, please see our Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity section.
Building Capacity for Public Health in Equatorial Guinea
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, a multi-system program now in Phase III. As part of our focus on maternal and child health, Marathon Oil and our government, nonprofit and university partners fund a program to train and certify pediatric nurses. The first group is now serving throughout the country, and the second group of 55 trainees is expected to graduate in 2020.
In addition, our Ver Bien (meaning “See Well”) project is enhancing educational outcomes for children who have vision problems and need eyeglasses. Since launching Ver Bien in 2017 and with the help of our partners, MEGPL has screened approximately 9,000 youth for vision problems and delivered over 700 prescription eyeglasses. We’ve also expanded Ver Bien from Bioko Island to the mainland city of Bata. In 2020, MEGPL will invest US $150,000 to continue expanding the program and expects to serve nearly 50% of the Equatoguinean school-age population.
Promoting Heart Health
In collaboration with community leaders in our operating areas, Marathon Oil advances public health initiatives that promote the common good and protect the public, our employees and their families.
The American Heart Association (AHA) aligns well with this commitment. We’ve collaborated with AHA for more than a decade to help prevent heart disease and stroke, the number 1 and number 5 killers of Americans, respectively. For example, we require AHA’s cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training at several of our locations.
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