Establishing Guidance for Contractor Fitness for Duty

The Contractor Fitness-for-Duty (FFD) Guidance establishes a standardized approach to ensuring that contractors are fit to perform their duties while working with Chevron. It communicates FFD expectations to contractor companies. The scope of the Contractor FFD Guidance covers all contractors (staff augmentation and contractor health, environment, and safety management) in safety-sensitive positions; contractors who will perform medium- to high-risk-profile activities within Chevron’s Operational Excellence Data and Reporting Standard function for 30 consecutive days or more at a nonremote location or offshore or remote locations regardless of time; and contractor expatriates going to offshore or remote locations regardless of safety-sensitive or risk-profile level.

A gap assessment was conducted to determine business needs and to help establish the objectives and scope of the FFD guidance. An international and multidisciplinary core team comprised of medical and health, safety, and environment subject-matter experts was formed to develop company guidelines. Extensive stakeholder engagement and vetting was conducted to ensure that adequate input was obtained. The Contractor FFD Guidance establishes

  • Contractor company minimum FFD program recommendation
  • Recommendation for use of reliable medical resources and facilities
  • Recommendation to maintain records in compliance with data-privacy regulations
  • FFD program audit recommendations
  • Preplacement, for-cause, transfer, and return-to-work exams
  • Minimum physical-exam components
  • Drug and alcohol monitoring program

Offshore/remote location considerations and medical-clearance processes also were addressed. Ongoing robust communication is required to ensure that guidance is communicated internally within the company to internal stakeholders and externally to contractor companies. 

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