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Chevron is committed to helping its employees and contractors remain safe and healthy. All work carries risks. However, we identify and manage our risks by using our Operational Excellence (OE) Management System and enhancing our technology, tools and competency at all levels. We set stringent safety policies, consistently train our workforce, and give them the authority and responsibility to stop work if they believe conditions are unsafe. We also are a leader in providing health awareness and education programs to our employees, dependents and residents of the communities where we operate.

Our commitment to the health and safety of our workforce is one of the values 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 also managed through our OE Management System and reinforced at all levels of the corporation.

Committed to Safety

Chevron is dedicated to ensuring the safety of facilities, from design to operation and training.

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 that "zero incidents" is achievable. 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 throughout the company, and using behavior-based safety evaluations.

Our behavior-based safety evaluations provide a structure for observation and commentary on worker behaviors, and help foster cultural changes by identifying actions for improvement. The principles of observing behavior and giving actionable feedback significantly reduce injuries and incidents.

Chevron supports many safety programs for its workforce. With nearly our entire workforce operating motor vehicles on or off the job, we are committed to improving road safety. Our comprehensive Road Safety Management Program is part of our OE Management System, and our Motor Vehicle Safety Standard identifies and mitigates risks associated with motor vehicle operations to help protect our employees and contractors from serious injuries or fatalities. Since 2003, Chevron has prohibited talking or using cellphones or electronic devices while driving a company vehicle or driving on company business. Based on the location and the type of vehicle driven, we require our workforce to complete specific driver training. For over 15 years, we have provided a custom defensive driving training program through our partnership with the Smith Driver Improvement Institute.

Safety Performance

In 2013, the Lost Time Incident Frequency or LTIF (workforce Fatalities plus Days Away From Work cases per million work hours) was 0.13, down from 0.25 in 2009. The rate of work-related incidents that led to at least one employee or contractor fatality per 100 million work hours was 1.02, down from 1.85 in 2009.

Our Zero is Attainable awards are granted to eligible Chevron organizations that complete 1 million work hours or 1,000 days worked with no Days Away From Work incidents and no fatalities. In 2013, 96 organizations received 208 awards.

Although we had our safest year ever, we did not meet our expectation of zero fatalities in 2013. To prevent any further loss of life, each fatality is thoroughly investigated and reviewed with our chairman so that we can learn from these incidents. We then share the lessons we have learned throughout the company and apply them in our operations.

For an in-depth look at Chevron safety statistics, read the 2013 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 where we operate. And lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, are also affecting our workforce.

Chevron provides support programs and services to help our employees live healthier lives. We consider workforce and community health issues to be key aspects of our project planning. 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 perform the essential physical, psychological and cognitive requirements of their job safely without risk to themselves, others or the environment. We also maintain fitness centers at many of our locations.

For nearly three decades, HIV/AIDS has threatened our workforce, their families and the communities where we operate. Chevron believes that multinational companies have a key role to play in the global effort to combat HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Our workplace HIV/AIDS policy and training combines educational programs, peer-to-peer training and counseling, and access to community-based care and treatment to keep healthy workers disease-free and to educate HIV-positive workers on living with the illness.

The potential for repetitive stress injuries exists in every aspect of our daily lives. We provide ergonomic offices to help prevent repetitive stress injuries to our workforce. The goal of Chevron's Repetitive Stress Injury Prevention (RSIP) Plan is to identify each worker’s level of risk for developing repetitive stress injuries through on-the-job computer use, and to target preventative measures to reduce that risk. An important component of the RSIP Plan is the Rapid Response process, which encourages identifying risk and reporting discomfort early. This allows us to provide intervention for workers who are experiencing discomfort or who are high-risk.

Cardiovascular Program

Chevron’s Healthy Heart Program, which launched in 2007, is a proactive program focused on reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors by offering an annual voluntary risk assessment and educational resources to employees and their adult dependents. We updated the Healthy Heart program in 2013, enhancing the incentives to increase employee engagement in the United States and Canada. Globally, we introduced tailored follow-up programs, with tools and resources that are defined locally and integrated the program with existing worksite programs.

We provided quarterly programming to our workforce globally in the form of educational toolkits and local programming that address risk factors for cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases. The programs we offer vary by country and can include a risk assessment, personalized action plans and coaching.

Updated: May 2014

The Chevron Way

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The Chevron Way explains who we are, what we do, what we believe and what we plan to accomplish.

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