Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and contractors is recognized in The Chevron Way, which reads, "We place the highest priority on the health and safety of our workforce and protection of our assets and the environment." This commitment is managed through our Operational Excellence (OE) Management System, and reinforced at all levels of the corporation.
OE drives everything we do. Chevron has spent more than 20 years building a culture of safety and environmental stewardship. Through continuous improvement, we strive to achieve world-class performance and prevent all incidents. Our workforce truly believes that incidents are preventable, and we have policies, processes, tools and behavioral expectations in place to assist us in achieving that goal.
Chevron's efforts to create and maintain a safety culture include starting meetings with safety lessons, tracking and awarding business units for strong safety performance, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and using behavior-based safety evaluations. Our Zero Is Attainable awards are granted to eligible organizations that complete 1 million work hours or 1,000 days worked with no days away from work incidents and no fatalities. In 2012, 59 organizations received 126 awards.
Although we had our safest year ever, we did not meet our target of zero fatalities in 2012. To prevent any further loss of life, we continue to pursue our goal using a variety of tools. Each fatality is thoroughly investigated, and the chairman reviews the results. Incident reports and lessons learned are distributed throughout the company.
For an in-depth look at Chevron safety statistics, read the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report.
The health of our employees is important to Chevron. We recognize that healthy employees are better able to do their jobs. We also know that many of our employees and contractors plan on working later into life.
We work to help address some of the health risks our employees face: Diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS remain prevalent in some of the countries in which we operate. And lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, also are affecting our workforce.
Our coordinated approach to health involves a combination of processes, policies, benefits and environmental supports. Our Fitness for Duty process evaluates whether employees are able to safely perform essential physical, psychological and cognitive requirements of their job without risk to themselves, others or the environment. Our occupational hygiene safeguards help protect against potential workplace hazards such as noise and chemicals. We strive to prevent repetitive stress injuries by providing healthy office ergonomic conditions. We also maintain fitness centers at many of our locations.
We have long supported an award-winning HIV/AIDS policy and training program. Other programs promote heart health, encourage employees to get screened for danger signs like high cholesterol or blood pressure levels, and support employees who want to start living a healthier lifestyle.
Chevron launched a healthy heart program in 2007 and continues to deploy it in more countries around the world. By the end of 2013, the program will have been launched in Angola, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Venezuela, South Africa and Argentina. Program offerings vary by country and can include a risk assessment, personalized action plan and coaching.
Improved Incident Rates
In 2012, our employee and contractor rate of days away from work and fatalities per million work hours was 0.14 – down from 0.37 in 2007. The rate of work-related incidents that led to at least one employee or contractor fatality per 100 million work hours was 1.11–down from 1.85 in 2007.