One of major aspects of SPD activities is healthcare. This issue was addressed as early as at the design stage of field facilities by identifying and assessing unfavourable industrial and climatic impacts that may present a potential hazard to health, i.e. noise, vibration, heat, cold etc. To minimize the risk of their harmful effects on health, design solutions have been developed to assure the health and safety of personnel, including the provision of personal protective equipment to employees.
With people working in remote sites in adverse weather conditions, it is a special challenge to establish a health protection system that will be able to cope with this demanding environment. The SPD medical service has been licensed as a health provider as required by a resolution of the Russian government. To make sure the company’s employees have access to qualified medical assistance, 3 permanent medical clinics have been built by SPD (at the base camp, CPF and CTF) and 5 mobile clinics at the locations of drilling rigs and a sand quarry pit. There are well-qualified emergency care physicians on the staff of the medical service, and all employees working in the field have to pass first aid training.
SPD clinics have all the necessary equipment and medicines for treatment and stabilization of a patient before evacuation. The clinics operate 24 hours a day for emergency assistance. SPD has purchased four class C ambulances (mobile intensive care units).
Regular drills and exercises are conducted to ensure the robustness of the response.
In addition to the health risk associated with operations, personal habits such as smoking, abuse of alcohol, improper diet, and lack of exercise represent potential health hazards. These behavioural risk factors have become topics of awareness programmes. Arrangements are in place to promote a balanced diet, sports and fitness exercises, and other healthy habits amongst the workforce.
Health performance is monitored to provide data to track progress made by health programmes. Work-related illnesses are identified and investigated to provide proper treatment as well as to identify preventive measures to ensure that future cases are avoided. This information is contained in the Total Reportable Occupational Illness Frequency (TROIF) monitoring, which forms a part of the overall HSSE statistics.