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.

Addressing international health challenges

We support all staff who may be exposed to health risks through their work. The main risks are the potential exposure to infectious diseases and harmful substances in our operating locations or during travel. We carry out local health risk 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 with specific risks.

Our ongoing efforts to support travellers include our Traveller Health and Security intranet site and travel policy. We also monitor global threats and how they may impact business continuity. We are also mindful of potential epidemics and the risk of pandemic development.

Limiting exposure to harmful materials

We manage exposure to hazardous substances (e.g. chemicals, waste) to protect human health and the environment, including wildlife. 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).

As part of Cairn’s ongoing commitment to acting Responsibly, our Eco Team is tasked with identifying and implementing measures to reduce our offices’ impact on the environment, focusing on our waste and carbon footprint.

We seek to work with contractors who comply with legal requirements and act in line with our expectations, to prevent health impacts to their workforce, including acute and chronic exposure, and to stop harmful substances from affecting the wider environment.

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 whistleblowing, among others.

Our staff well-being approach also includes:

  • optional annual health assessments to all staff;
  • an extensive health and wellbeing programme including ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions on topics such as mental health, nutrition, healthy eating, exercise, mindfulness and financial health; and
  • sponsored sporting and fitness challenges, for which we provide both encouragement and financial support for employees’ charitable fundraising.

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