In continued partnership with the University of Bucharest, the ExxonMobil Romania venture office recently sponsored field safety training for more than 80 geoscience students. The day-long training consisted of two sessions, with Upstream Research Company (URC) field safety experts leading one session, and a local medical service provider guiding students in first aid training.
The URC team included Senior Research Geoscientist Kevin Bohacs, who the American Association of Petroleum Geologists recently recognized for his contributions to the industry, and Remus Lazar, a Romanian geoscientist.
During field safety training, ExxonMobil employees introduced students to various safety methods that emphasized reducing exposure, preventing incidents and working together. The training provided an excellent opportunity for the students to see how professional geoscientists prepare and conduct their field activities. Students received high-visibility vests, field notebooks, geologic time scales, lenses and field safety guides. The first aid session also allowed them to gain practical experience through hands-on training.
“We are recognized as leaders in the area of field safety at ExxonMobil, and being able to share our culture of safety and our field experience with young geoscience students is a great opportunity,” Bohacs said. “We taught them that the companies and individuals who are dedicated to being safe also end up being strong performers financially and technically.”
ExxonMobil employees also conducted fieldwork to assess geological sites in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains as potential host sites for field-based safety leadership training in the future.
Developing a stronger connection with the University of Bucharest, as well as other Romanian universities, is central to the growth of ExxonMobil and Romania’s relationship. By sharing tangible global experience and safety values with these students, the company can positively affect future Romanian exploration endeavors.