Rosneft introduces an inclusive approach to combat coronavirus infection
Moscow. Rosneft is taking all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of coronavirus infection at its administrative and production facilities, providing support to doctors and medical institutions.
To combat coronavirus, the Company uses an inclusive approach that takes into account the best Russian and international practices of countering COVID-19, including those recommended by Rospotrebnadzor. The Company has created an integratedpandemic threat response system. Crisis centers for monitoring the dynamics of the infection spread operate at 284 Rosneft subsidiaries.
“As ever, my number one priority is protecting the life and health of personnel of the Company and contractor organizations working in offices and at operations sites. We have developed and introduced several mandatory requirements aimed at minimization of people's risk of catching coronavirus and the risk of potential spreading of new coronavirus infection. I encourage the leaders of all levels to make sure that the requirements are met. I hope that today you are taking care of yourselves, your colleagues, relatives and friends,” said Igor Sechin, Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft.
Rosneft office premises have ample supplies of personal protective equipment. The Company purchased more than 3 million liters of disinfectants and over 500 thousand liters ofantiseptics. Large-scale testing of employees for COVID-19 is underway – more than 100 thousand tests have been made. Production facilities also have the necessary equipment and protective means. More than 7 million items of personal protective equipment were purchased, including masks, respirators, goggles, gowns, gloves.
Rosneft introduced the epidemiological alert mode in 151 field camps, where 28.9 thousand of the Company's employees and 31.8 thousand of contractors' employees are staying. Inter-shift intervals were increased in core operating subsidiaries from 30 up to 90 days 137 observation units were deployed to accommodate staff visiting the shift, as well as 302 isolators. In each of them, medical supervision and sanitary regime control are organized.
The Company also takes care of its customers at gas stations. At all gas stations operated by Rosneft in Moscow and Moscow Region, and also partially in St. Petersburg and Bashkiria, a contactless payment service for fuel was introduced without leaving the car through a mobile application. The sanitary regime is strictly observed at all filling stations of the Company, regular cleaning and disinfection of premises is in place. All staff are provided with personal protective equipment. Participants of our loyalty programs were sent SMS, e-mails, and push notifications about measures taken at gas stations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All cafes in the retail network of the Company's gas stations are switched to the takeaway service mode. A new category of “Products for Your Health” has appeared at gas station stores managed by Rosneft which includes antiseptic means and antibacterial wipes.
The Company manufactures products at its facilities designed to fight against coronavirus and sells them on the domestic market. Rosneft produces two types of products that are used as antiseptics components, ethyl alcohol and acetone (secondary antiseptic). Since the start of the pandemic, 19,600 tons of acetone and 1,800 tons of ethyl alcohol have been sold in Russia. The Company's share in the acetone market is 66%, while its ethanol share is 12%.
The Company’s refinery in Germany (PCK Raffinerie GmbH) supported the request of the Brandenburg Government to provide support in combatting the coronavirus infection and produced 1,000 litres of disinfectant which was handed over to regional authorities for distribution at more than 60 enterprises and institutions. The refinery has also voluntarily supplied FFP2 masks for regional distribution.
Support for medical facilities is also an important aspect of the Company's socially responsible approach. In pursuance of the fight against COVID-19, Rosneft handed over 5,600 protective overalls to Ryazan medical institutions, and it also helped to provide personal protective equipment to the health care workers of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area. Funds were allocated for purchasing stationary oxygen concentrators for resuscitation departments of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as mobile medical computer tomography complexes for healthcare institutions in Krasnoyarsk Territory.
In addition, the Company granted fuel cards to medical centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg fighting the coronavirus infection, having provided doctors with motor fuel. The Company’s employees also take a pro-active approach to combatting the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteer teams are being created from among young specialists and other indifferent employees who provide assistance to veterans, older people and representatives of risk groups who stay at home for self-isolation, delivering the required food and necessities. For example, an employee of Sibneftegaz printed on a 3D printer over 400 visors– protection masks for the medical staff combatting coronavirus and handed them over to infectious disease departments of the Nenets Autonomous Region and the emergency ward of the city of Novy Urengoy.
The Company is makingsignificant efforts to attract the attention of employees to their safety issues and encourages managers at all levels to show leadership in safety matters and demonstrate, by personal example, their adherence to industrial safety rules.