Occupational health and preventive medicine

Gazprom Neft continues to run a corporate programme to set up an occupational health system.

As the first preventive barrier, employees in Gazprom Neft subsidiaries and contractor organisations are authorised to work on Gazprom Neft sites only if no contraindications or restrictions on health grounds have been identified during the initial or regular health examination carried out by a healthcare provider accredited by the company.

A major focus of the occupational-risk management strategy is on providing modern and affordable medical aid at production sites: providing first-aid posts with diagnostic and emergency medical equipment, ambulances, and robust telecommunication services, including telemedicine.

The company is taking active steps to vaccinate employees against influenza, pneumonia, meningococcal disease and other seasonal illnesses. As for ailments that are endemic in certain regions, Gazprom Neft attaches particular importance to preventing tick-borne encephalitis, measles, and anthrax; this latter is a highly dangerous disease caused by bacteria that can survive in the soil or in animal remains for decades. Gazprom Neft’s experience has been incorporated in the national guidelines titled 'Vaccinations in Working Population' (MIA, 2019). These guidelines enable companies to design their own immunisation schedule, based on regional and occupational risks.

Employee rescue operation at Novoportovskoye field

At the Novoportovskoye field operated by Gazpromneft-Yamal, an employee was taken to the first-aid post complaining of burning chest pain radiating to his left arm and shoulder, feeling faint, sweating, and shortness of breath on exertion. Medical personnel examined him, recorded an ECG and promptly used telemedicine resources. A cardiologist conducted a remote consultation and diagnosed myocardial infarction: a heart attack.

During the consultation with the cardiologist, the medical personnel decided to inject the patient with a thrombolytic medication but, despite their efforts, the patient developed ventricular fibrillation, and was declared clinically dead. The doctor and paramedics at the first-aid post managed to resuscitate the patient, restart his heart and keep him alive for the next 20 hours, until weather conditions improved enough for the patient to be transported by an ambulance helicopter.

In this case, all elements of the rescue operation worked properly. The employee sought medical help promptly, and the health professionals did everything they could to save his life, with telemedicine technologies playing an important role in stabilising the patient's condition.

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In 2020, the company developed a comprehensive large-scale program to combat COVID-19. The Anti-Virus program is aimed at protecting employees from the spread of the virus, ensuring the continuity of all production processes, and maintaining the company's financial stability.

Under the leadership of the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Gazprom Neft, the company established the Anti-Virus Headquarters, which is the central coordinating body for pandemic risk management.

The company has developed various scenarios of how damaging events might unfold. Based on best practices (including those of regulators), it identified more than 70 company-wide barriers that would prevent or mitigate the consequences of these scenarios. These barriers are designed to prevent the possibility of a pandemic spreading among company employees and contractors, as well as to minimise the associated risk of a partial or complete shutdown of production.