I wake up at 4 A.M., wash, dress, eat and pray. Then I do what some in my village may find a bit unusual: I put on my helmet before setting off on my motorcycle.

Such attention to personal safety seems excessive to my neighbors, but I’ve gotten used to being teased about it,

From those first months of training through my current position in the Central Control Room at our Banyu Urip facility, I’ve come to appreciate why safety is a guiding principle, rather than an afterthought. Maintaining a safe and efficient workplace is the baseline condition that permits all of us to work, learn and produce things of value.

It’s a prerequisite for everything we do.

I am one of the technicians who monitor and maintain ExxonMobil operations at the Central Processing Facility in Bojonegoro, East Java. My colleagues and I handle the control systems for oil, gas and essential utilities, like electricity and steam, for the entire operation.

We usually arrive before 6am to be briefed on conditions and take the handoff from the overnight team. At the end of our shift, we’ll repeat the process to update the incoming night crew and hand over control. We take our responsibilities seriously and know that we have to work together in order to be successful.

The best days are when there are no surprises, when good planning and attention to detail enable us to handle any issues that might come up. We take pride in staying a few steps ahead of things, doing our part to ensure operations remain safe, reliable and highly productive.

It is satisfying to put in a solid day’s work and contribute in some way to such progress. I’ve benefited from on-the-job training, here and abroad, that has improved my skills and made me more open-minded and conscientious.  I like to think that the work my co-workers and I do not only helps to make my friends and neighbors more prosperous, but also more mindful about the choices we make and how they impact the one world we share.

So when someone sees me buckle my sons into their car seats or watch my wife and I buckle our seatbelts before driving away, I hope it reminds others to do the same . It may take time, but I think more and more of us are learning to put safety first and each do our part to protect ourselves and those we love.

When my shift is over, I pray again and head home to my family – but only after strapping on my helmet.

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