Workplace safety in the age of COVID-19 — in pictures

PHOTO: Workers conduct a socially distanced safety meeting in the Eagle Ford in South Texas.

To protect its workforce from COVID-19, ConocoPhillips has enacted strict safety protocols in its offices and worksites across the world.  

Employees are using enhanced cleaning protocols at Curtis Island in Australia.

In February, ConocoPhillips set three key priorities:

  • Protect the workforce
  • Mitigate the spread of the virus
  • Safely run the business

Based on guidance from the medical community, ConocoPhillips’ mitigation efforts include face coverings, temperature checks, social distancing, and enhanced sanitation and hygiene measures.

Trond-Erik Johansen, VP, HSE

“The health and safety of our workforce is our first priority,” said Trond-Erik Johansen, vice president, health, safety and environment. “We have comprehensive virus-mitigation efforts underway at all our sites, and these precautionary protocols and barriers are working to keep the workforce safe. Our efforts are evolving as we continue to learn about virus transmission and mitigation. We are continuously evaluating our protocols to protect our workforce based on guidance from the medical community.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Scroll through the photos below to see some of the virus-mitigation efforts ConocoPhillips has adopted. These examples were in practice as of June 2020.

Workers undergo temperature screening before boarding the ferry to the APLNG facility in Australia.
LEFT: Only four riders are allowed per elevator in the Bartlesville, Okla, offices. RIGHT: No-touch temperature screenings at the Malaysia office.
In Indonesia, personnel are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and complete self-screening forms before traveling to the worksite.

Employees entering Alaska from out-of-state have a period of isolation in an Anchorage hotel before being deployed to the North Slope.

LEFT: Automated digital temperature scanning at the entrance to the Kenedy office in Eagle Ford. MIDDLE: An HSE employee in Eagle Ford measures everyone’s temperature as a prerequisite to enter the worksite. RIGHT: A screening station at the entrance of the Goldsmith office in Permian.
Bartlesville cafeteria with sign
At ConocoPhillips' office in Bartlesville, Okla., face coverings are required in common areas and where there is an inability to practice social distancing. 

Workers have their temperatures taken before entering the Calgary office. Additional safety measures include the frequent cleaning of common spaces, providing hand sanitizer and social distancing.

In Norway, offshore employees and contractors maintain social distancing and strict hygiene measures, including changes to food serving protocols to reduce the risk of cross contamination. 


“We are continuously evaluating our protocols to protect our workforce based on guidance from the medical community.”

Trond‑Erik Johansen


Workers participate in a remote Learning Team session in Loving, New Mexico. During these meetings, employees discuss either a successful or unplanned event. Designed to promote continuous improvement, these training sessions have historically been conducted in-person. 
LEFT: The Houston office heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is equipped with double-walled sealed MERV12 synthetic filtration with UVC lighting. This specification exceeds most high-end class-A office space. TOP RIGHT: A Teesside worker in the United Kingdom uses an electrostatic cleaner to disinfect difficult-to-reach areas. BOTTOM RIGHT: At Surmont in Alberta, Canada, a two-sided card is used to indicate dining tables that have been sanitized or require cleaning. 


Personnel wear face coverings at the Helena Facility in the Eagle Ford.