Gazprom Neft maintains initiatives to prevent COVID-19 at its production facilities and offices
Gazprom Neft is suspending mitigation of restrictive measures designed to avoid COVID-19 — a decision taken in the light of the worsening epidemiological situation in those locations in which it operates. The company’s anti-COVID “Barrier” system, rolled out throughout Gazprom Neft facilities in spring 2020, has proved its effectiveness and delivered a high standard of safety for employees working in offices and production facilities, on a par with what employees could expect if self-isolating at home. No further employee restrictions are currently planned.
The company’s “Antivirus” programme — which is based on identifying key risks and putting barriers in place against any dissemination of the virus — is designed to protect employees’ health while maintaining continuous production. One of the most important elements of this programme has been mass COVID-19 testing for employees, with all workers undergoing regular mandatory testing. Mass testing of employees has been organised throughout all regions in which the company operates over the past six months, with all costs borne by Gazprom Neft, as an employer. This has allowed the company to move over to a system under which employees are given access to offices and production facilities only with a personal QR code showing they have tested negative for COVID-19.
One hundred and twenty-two “buffer zones”, offering temporary accommodation and medical care for employees about to leave for shifts at oilfields, will remain in operation. Automatic temperature monitoring at entry points to the company’s Moscow and Omsk Refineries, as well as all sales outlets, will remain in place, as will “contactless” shift handovers. Plants will continue the practice of running “back-up” shift teams to cover for each other in the event of a team member having to go into quarantine.
Thermometry systems have been installed at entrances to company offices, barring entry to anyone with a raised temperature. A stringent “mask and gloves” regime is in force at all premises. All office work surfaces are disinfected regularly. Company offices are also equipped with antibacterial lighting and sanitisers.
Workplace safety has been ensured by work stations being arranged in line with 1.5-metre minimum social distancing requirements. Limitations on lift occupancy have been introduced. Face-to-face meetings have been replaced with Skype, business trips take place only when absolutely necessary followed by a mandatory quarantine period on return, and trips abroad are banned. Employees returning from business trips or vacation are obliged to undergo a 10-day quarantine period: only thereafter are they allowed to take a test and return to work.
More than half of company employees in administrative functions continue to work from home: their return to office working will be put back. This applies to all Gazprom Neft business units and subsidiaries throughout Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. Employees in at-risk groups, in particular (i.e., due to chronic conditions, age factors, or family circumstances) will continue working from home.
Notes for editors
Gazprom Neft was the first oil company in Russia to take an open and transparent stance on working under the COVID-19 pandemic. To which end, the company’s “Antivirus” programme — based on identifying the key risks and establishing a system of barriers against any dissemination of the virus — was put in place in March 2020, with a range of initiatives being directed at protecting employees’ health, maintaining continuous production, and ensuring the company’s financial viability. In addition to which, Gazprom Neft has been providing assistance to residents — as well as to medical professionals and volunteers —throughout those locations in which it operates, delivering ventilators and scanners to hospitals, providing more than 2.7 million pieces of PPE, offering free servicing for emergency services vehicles, and providing free fuel for doctors and volunteer groups.