Committed to health and safety amid the pandemic
At GeoPark our speed and efficiency in identifying the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic helped us to adapt our health and safety management to the new situation. This allowed us to guarantee the safe continuity of operations for employees, contractors and neighbors in 2020.
To adapt, we had to coordinate with contractors in the territories and with national authorities to interpret and understand the regulations of the countries we operate in, which are based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
Faced with an evolving scenario, along with the H&S, People and Connections areas we formed the Covid-19 Committee to define and implement prevention, mitigation and care measures that would allow informed decision-making by teams, always aligned with GeoPark Culture.
In our Covid-19 response plan we established which guidelines and directions to follow in our operations to minimize the contagion risk of our employees and neighboring communities. We also carried out actions to enable constant communication, integration and connectivity with all our stakeholders. These measures include:
Defined in biosecurity protocols, these measures required some changes in field infrastructure and routines, including modifying the capacity of dorm rooms, adapting common areas to guarantee physical distancing, installing hand washing stations, and frequently and thoroughly disinfecting all common areas.
We understand the importance of protecting the mental and emotional health of our people and reducing the psychosocial impact that comes from isolation and circumstances of the pandemic. Accordingly, we implemented the Geo Te Cuida program, a benefit that gives GeoPark employees permanent access (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) to professional and specialized advice on matters such as psychology, finances, relationships, raising children, and others.
In our commitment to being the best partner, we work in coordination with the entire value chain, supporting contractors and their companies in implementing biosecurity protocols.
The balance of these strategies was very positive and its scope was very broad: in December 2020 we had 1,340 people working in the Llanos 34 and Platanillo blocks in Colombia, around 100 in blocks in Chile and 80 in Argentina.