Occupational health is an important component of our overall health and safety program. In 2016 we advanced two areas of focus: ergonomics and food safety.
- We developed a Tier 2 Workstation Functionality Plan that educates employees on appropriate workstation configurations for both comfort and protection from musculoskeletal disorders. We provide ergonomic assessments for individuals when requested or when a concern arises.
- We developed a Tier 2 Food Safety Plan for managing workplace food safety within our global operations. The plan uses best-practice concepts from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the European Commission.
A Noble Energy employee received the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Social Responsibility Award for 2016. Irvin (Yitzhak) Fischer, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional, was one of nine individuals recognized for supporting a cause related to the field of industrial hygiene/occupational health. In 1995, Irvin was approached by a colleague in Israel to take a look at a planned project to build a children’s recreational park near an asbestos cement manufacturing plant. His volunteer work with the Organization for Environmental Health and Quality in Nahariya, Israel, regarding the proper handling of asbestos and asbestos-contaminated waste was ultimately presented to the courts and Israel’s Parliament. His findings influenced the courts’ decision to cancel the project and launch a program to properly clean the existing contamination at the site.