The rate of absenteeism due to common illness in our Spanish workforce, was 3.28% in 2011, a slight increase compared to 2010 when it was 3.10%.
Some of Repsol's employees run the risk of contracting specific illness through their daily work, due to exposure to noise, physical strain or the presence of chemical risks. The occupational illness rate (cases of occupational illness per 200,000 person-hours worked) caused by illness or accidents at work was 0.11 in Spain, 0.027 in Argentina, 0.1 in Venezuela and in all the other countries, zero. The most common cause of occupational illness was hypoacusia (partial loss of hearing) induced by noise, tendonitis and pneumonitis.
To avoid these illnesses, we carry out a general risk assessment as a prerequisite for planning and implementing preventative action. This includes general identification of risks, specific assessment of risks and corrective measures with their corresponding periodic controls.
We take preventative action to try to eliminate, control and reduce the risks identified. Planning also includes the appropriate emergency measures and collective and individual health surveillance activities, as well as worker information and training.
Some specific examples include:
We also have plans for attending to workers, their families and members of the communities in which we operate. Some examples include:
Further health initiatives carried out in 2011 include:
Repsol Bolivia's "Saber Vivir" program has made progress in promoting the adoption of healthy habits and a better quality of life for employees and their families in Bolivia.
Promoting health lifestyles, safe conduct at work and beyond and finding a balance between working and family life are the main aims of the "Saber Vivir" program, in place at Repsol Bolivia since 2010. This has merited the company with the healthy company certification in 2011, under the auspices of Bolivian Standard NB:512001:2008.
This achievement was only possible with the participation of the employees and reflected such performance as 100% attendance of the annual medical checkup by personnel, and provision of ongoing information to employees about healthy habits through courses on ergonomics and time management, among others.
Last year the company began to incorporate the Bolivian Standard, the Sistema de Gestión de Empresa Saludable (Siges) - healthy company management system - endorsed by the Bolivian institute for standardization and quality - Instituto Boliviano de Normalización y Calidad (Ibnorca). This standard originated in Bolivia and Repsol is the second company in the world to receive the certification.
Our specific actions covered three areas: Attendance, prevention and health promotion. This translated into positive indicators such as the extensive coverage of the annual medical checkup, which allowed us to monitor different conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes risk, obesity and high blood pressure.
In the field of prevention, we carried out an education program on healthy lifestyles and a personalized approach to looking after one's own mental and physical health. Training was also given on time management, ergonomics and prevention of substance abuse.
More information on occupational health management and the Repsol occupational health regulation can be found at personas.repsol.com