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Safety and health


A commitment to safety is a core value and an integral part of ExxonMobil’s culture. Our aim is to ensure each employee and contractor leaves work each day safe and in good health. We will never stop working toward our goal of Nobody Gets Hurt. For additional information on ExxonMobil’s approach to managing safety, including our Operations Integrity Management System, visit our safety and security webpage.

Personnel safety

ExxonMobil expects every employee and third-party contractor to identify, assess and mitigate the risks associated with our daily operations. In 2016, we achieved our best-ever safety performance. We have reduced our workforce lost-time incident rate by more than 80 percent since 2000.

While this number is declining, safety incidents and near-misses do occur. We deeply regret that three contractors were fatally injured in separate incidents related to ExxonMobil operations in 2016. The incidents were related to a maintenance accident at one of our facilities, an incident at one of our onshore drilling sites and an incident aboard a marine vessel preparing to offload supplies at one of our offshore platforms. We thoroughly investigated each incident to determine contributing factors, then enhanced our work practices and facilities accordingly to help prevent future occurrences. We have processes in place to review all incidents, even those that did not result in injuries, to identify opportunities to improve. By applying this process, we continuously work toward our goal of Nobody Gets Hurt. For additional information on third-party supplier and contractor safety, see the personnel safety section of our safety and security webpage.

Process safety

ExxonMobil takes a comprehensive approach to managing process safety. Process safety refers to the equipment, procedures and training that prevent the uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons and hazardous substances. We identify then eliminate or mitigate process safety risks associated with our operations by employing structured processes and procedures that serve as preventive safeguards and help us avoid incidents. For information on Tier 1 process safety events, visit the process safety section of our safety and security webpage.

Emergency preparedness and response

ExxonMobil maintains a strong emphasis on training for effective emergency response capabilities. We establish strategic emergency support groups (ESGs) around the world to develop and practice emergency response strategies and assist field responders. Regardless of the size of an incident, each ExxonMobil facility and business unit has access to an array of trained responders, including our regional response teams (RRT), which provide rapid tactical support when needed. Each RRT participates in annual training programs with business line personnel, response organizations and relevant government authorities in the designated region.

Workforce health

ExxonMobil promotes a work environment that helps our employees and their families pursue healthy lifestyles, including prevention of infectious diseases. Our goal is to address the diverse health risks prevalent in the locations where we operate and to protect the health, safety and productivity of our workers while preserving our business operations. We have addressed the threats of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and other outbreaks in our workplace through effective and efficient prevention and control programs. Since 2007, no malaria deaths have been reported among our workers. Additionally, none of the approximately 100 active tuberculosis cases diagnosed in our workforce since 2010 have infected another worker on our sites, and no operational disruption has been reported due to an outbreak during that time. For information on ExxonMobil’s Culture of Health program, which supports the health, safety and wellness of our employees, please visit our health and wellness webpage.