ExxonMobil promotes a work environment that helps our employees and their families pursue healthy lifestyles, including prevention of infectious diseases. Our goal is to address the diverse health risks prevalent in the locations where we operate and to protect the health, safety and productivity of our workers while preserving our business operations.
We have addressed the threats of malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and other outbreaks in our workplace through effective and efficient prevention and control programs. Since 2007, no malaria deaths have been reported among our workers. Additionally, none of the approximately 100 active tuberculosis cases diagnosed in our workforce since 2010 have infected another worker on our sites, and no operational disruption has been reported due to an outbreak during that time.
Our health policy communicates the corporate expectations for identifying and evaluating health risks related to our operations that can potentially affect our employees, contractors or the public. We also provide voluntary health programs to our employees that promote enhanced well-being, while improving safety and productivity.
To ensure our occupational health risks are adequately assessed, prioritized and documented, our industrial hygiene professionals apply an exposure assessment strategy to identify and evaluate health risks related to our operations, as prescribed by our Operations Integrity Management System. In each country, we develop workplace health programs, taking into consideration the different local health care systems, health needs and available resources.
ExxonMobil’s U.S.-based Culture of Health program is designed to support the health, safety and wellness of our employees and reduce health plan costs. We provide health education, bio-monitoring, nutrition and fitness programs that are designed to meet the needs of a variety of work environments such as offices and manufacturing sites. Additionally, we offer employees health coaching and disease management assistance.
Supporting the health of our employees outside the United States is also a priority. We have Culture of Health programs in Argentina, Malaysia, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. These four programs are in their implementation phase. We continue to look for new opportunities to expand the reach of our Culture of Health program. In all cases, the benefits plans we offer comply with or exceed applicable country laws or regulations for our workers and dependents.
Performance and initiatives
Up Close: Promoting Zika awareness and preparedness among ExxonMobil employees
We believe proactive communication and awareness is critical to limiting the consequences of outbreaks on worker health, productivity and business operations. In 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
We established a corporate working group to educate our workers on prevention, preparedness and response techniques across our global worksites. Preparedness strategies included mitigation in active Zika areas, traveler notification of potential risks, and employee access to referrals for Zika diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, ExxonMobil took proactive steps at all potentially impacted sites to establish mosquito control plans and to identify a site Zika contact in worksites located in high-risk areas. In 2016, 40 employees and contractors were impacted by the Zika virus. We will continue to enhance our education and awareness efforts to help reduce this number.