During 2010, ConocoPhillips expanded its occupational health process to include contractors working at our facilities. Contractors will be required to cover their employees under a written Exposure Assessment Plan, adhere to safe exposure levels, implement required medical surveillance programs, and provide exposure monitoring results to their workers.
ConocoPhillips has a well established process for evaluating the workplace for health hazards, tracking metrics related to industrial hygiene. These measure the effectiveness of our chemical risk identification processes and the associated protection measures. We also began tracking a lagging metric, the Exposure Incident (EI). An EI is a situation where a worker is unexpectedly exposed to chemicals, noise or other health stressors in excess of acceptable limits. The resulting metrics enable us to share EI information on a worldwide basis within the company, facilitating rapid learning and helping to ensure that such incidents do not recur.
At the core of our industrial hygiene program is the requirement that each business unit develop and implement an Exposure Assessment Plan (EAP). The EAP identifies the chemical and non-chemical exposure risks to which our workers may be exposed during their daily work activities. Sampling performed under this plan focuses our efforts in minimizing risk to our workers and the community. Business units are required to report a leading metric showing the number of planned IH samples compared to the number completed. This metric maintains focus on identifying and eliminating the hazards. Completion progress is reported and tracked quarterly.
The ultimate goal of our occupational health process is to ensure that we are effective in protecting the health of our workforce, and that our employees suffer no adverse health effects either now or later in life resulting from exposure to stressors in the workplace.