As part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, our priority at MPLX is to protect our employees, contractors and the communities we serve while fulfilling our responsibility to provide the essential fuels and other products that keep the country running. We support local communities, especially those providing healthcare services, by matching essential supplies to what they need and can handle, at the right time. Starting the week of March 23, MPLX deployed its entire stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, healthcare organizations and its own facilities across the country. Over 570,000 N95 respirator masks have been delivered to 46 hospitals and healthcare organizations in 20 states.
The MPLX Foundation has also donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help fund the relief organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including providing food and shelter to those affected by the economic impact of the pandemic, while implementing protocols to ensure the safety of employees, volunteers, and the clients they serve.
MPLX has had a pandemic response plan in place for many years. Since January, as the COVID-19 outbreak has spread, we have reviewed and updated our plan, guided by global health experts including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and state and federal governments.
In order to reduce the probability of spreading the virus from otherwise healthy people to those most at risk, MPLX has reduced its facility staffing to only essential personnel and implemented remote working programs wherever feasible.
For those essential personnel continuing to maintain safe operations at our facilities, we have a number of protective measures in place. In addition to promoting proven personal hygiene practices to employees – frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, social distancing – protective measures include: a range of protective face coverings and enhanced PPE, restrictions on visitors at our facilities, targeted travel restrictions, self-quarantine guidelines, additional cleaning protocols, and we are actively encouraging employees to avoid large groups and unnecessary physical contact. Company policies have been updated to reflect the changing work environment and to accommodate the needs of our employees.
To support the ongoing smooth functioning of our critical operations, we have implemented business-continuity plans to accommodate staffing needs in the event of illness-related absenteeism. We are also working with critical suppliers to ensure ongoing support in the event of illness-related disruptions and providing additional hand sanitizers at owned-and-operated retail stores.
We continue communicating frequently to all employees regarding the risks of COVID-19, and mitigation steps they should take to protect themselves and others. We have also established an internal website with a variety of resources for employees to access the most up-to-date and reliable information. We continue to monitor the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and adjust our response to the situation daily, as events warrant.
For further information, investors can contact Investor Relations at (419) 421-2071 or IR@marathonpetroleum.com. Media and other interested parties can contact Jamal Kheiry at JTKheiry@marathonpetroleum.com or 419-421-3312.
We recognize that healthcare organizations and hospitals still need supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). At this time, however, we have distributed and allocated our entire stock of PPE either to hospitals and healthcare organizations, or to our own facilities to protect our employees engaged in essential work on site. Currently, we do not anticipate that we will be able to procure additional supplies.
We are, however, continuing to track all PPE requests in case further supplies do become available and we are able to fulfill requests. Please register your request at this link.
Please note that we will send an automatic reply that we have received your request. This receipt does NOT imply or guarantee that we will be able to fulfill the request.
We greatly appreciate the efforts of all who are providing essential services to our communities during this difficult time.