Promoting Employee Health
Protecting our people takes a coordinated and comprehensive approach that includes all aspects of employee well-being. In the case of pandemics and infectious diseases, our HSER, Business Continuity, Executive and Communication groups work together to keep employees informed and take precautions based on the government's recommendations.
Supporting the individual well-being of our employees is foundational to our safety culture. We champion healthy lifestyles and offer resources encouraging our employees to put their health first.
Across the company, employees are offered preventive programs and are incentivized to complete an annual screening for common health-related issues. In 2019, 69% of our workforce completed a health check and received a reduced insurance rate as a result.
Our corporate campus includes a state-of-the-art fitness center that offers physical therapy, personal training, nutritional counseling and group classes, including Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness, both focused on stress relief and relaxation. In 2019, 65% of campus employees were fitness center members. Employees who do not office at the corporate campus can schedule phone meetings with the fitness staff or dietitian and are eligible for fitness membership reimbursement.
Chesapeake offers Teladoc memberships to employees and dependents enrolled in our health plan, allowing them to connect in minutes with a board-certified and state-licensed physician who can diagnose and treat common illnesses via phone or video 24 hours a day.
We also support our employees' well-being by equipping them with an online ergonomics training module and a workstation posture evaluation tool to help them maintain healthy posture and avoid injuries and disorders associated with overusing muscles and repeated tasks.
Chesapeake recognizes that wellness goes beyond just physical health, and that personal problems can affect job performance by causing stress, absence from work and difficulty focusing. All employees have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) from the first day of employment. Employees and members of their households each receive six free, confidential counseling sessions per issue per year
Our EAP can also provide referrals to help employees and their families cope with different life stages and challenges such as:
- Prenatal planning
- Locating child and elder care
- Financial information and resources to help with issues such as college financing, debt support or tax questions
- Legal support and resources to assist with items such as contracts, civil actions or real estate transactions
- Work-life solutions to provide resources for major purchases, moving and retirement planning
We continue to offer a number of programs and policies to promote both job satisfaction and workplace productivity, including emotional intelligence training. These trainings provide employees with tools, techniques and skills to manage emotions with confidence, positive results and improved well-being. We have also adopted a "dress for your day" dress code policy to allow our corporate office employees to dress as dictated by their personal preferences and the circumstances of their days.
Employee Exposure Evaluations
Working in our industry carries the potential for exposure to certain elements, particles and compounds. Since 2018 Chesapeake has conducted exposure evaluations for representative employees and direct contractors in line with Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and published scientific literature.
These evaluations have included exposures to the following:
- Respirable crystalline silica (Appalachia, Haynesville, South Texas, corporate campus)
- Respirable dust (Appalachia, Haynesville, South Texas, corporate campus)
- Total hydrocarbons (Appalachia, Haynesville, South Texas, corporate campus)
- Noise (Appalachia, Haynesville, South Texas, corporate campus)
- Diesel particulate matter (Appalachia, Haynesville)
- Inorganic acids (corporate campus)
- Hydrogen sulfide (corporate campus)
In the Haynesville Business Unit, a special evaluation was conducted of potential hydrogen sulfide exposures during tank hatch opening. In the Mid-Continent business unit, a special assessment was conducted for personnel operating FLIR cameras to quantitate exposure to total volatile organic compounds. Additionally, we evaluated the impact of a temporary hatch plug — hazardous atmosphere reduction plug (HARP) — designed and fabricated by Mid-Continent HSER personnel. The HARP reduced potential exposures to total volatile organic compounds by up to 94% and went on to receive Best Health, Safety, Environment/Sustainable Development Onshore Award at the 2020 World Oil Awards.