Working responsibly

Health and well-being

Maintaining people’s health and well-being is one of our core corporate responsibilities, and of paramount importance to Cairn. This is the basis of everything we do.

Health challenges

We support all staff who may be exposed to health risks associated with our business. The main risks are the potential exposure to infectious diseases, such as malaria, and exposure to harmful substances, in our operating locations or during travel. We carry out local health risks assessments to identify potential concerns for all our operating locations and apply controls to prevent or manage the risks.

Controls are applied in projects and for day-to-day activities such as travelling to locations where endemic diseases pose a threat. Health management plans are in place for in-country operations and we maintain travel risk and management plans for travellers to challenging environments, which represent specific risks.

We manage exposure to harmful substances (e.g. chemicals, waste) for both people and the environment. To do this, we select the least damaging materials possible to maintain their function; provide suitable storage and handling facilities; implement work risk assessments and appropriate handling procedures; and provide suitable personal protective equipment (PPE).

Our contractors are expected to have compatible arrangements in place to prevent health impacts to their workforce, including acute and chronic exposure, and to avoid harmful substances from impacting the wider environment.

Ensuring staff well-being

We want our people to be happy and healthy at work, and recognise the importance of employee well-being. We conduct ergonomic assessments for all office-based staff and contractors.

To help our people to perform at their best, our People Management Manual provides detailed information about how we manage and treat our employees. It includes policies on recruitment and selection; diversity; health and well-being; work and life balance; training and deployment; employee relations; rewards and benefits; facilities management; and other policies such as whistleblowing.

Our staff well-being approach also includes:

  • optional annual health assessments for all staff;
  • health and well-being awareness initiatives such as ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions; and
  • sponsored sporting and fitness challenges, for which we provide both encouragement and financial support and sponsorship.

See our Corporate Major Accident Prevention Policy and our Health, Safety & Security Policy.