We understand that we can only ensure the safety of our employees by using a comprehensive approach that covers all areas of their activities and appeals to their understanding of the importance of measures taken by us and to their active cooperation.
In 2012, Uralkali adopted a Health, Safety and Environment Policy, which demonstrated the Company’s belief that health, safety and the environment are key priorities that should be taken into account in all its actions and decisions, regardless of the line of work to which they relate
2015 Key achievements:
As part of detection of unauthorised equipment, all mines were examined for use of unauthorised self-made hand tools, electrical equipment.
According to the current law “On special assessment of working conditions” No. 426-FZ of 28.12.2013, a survey of 680 workplaces was conducted in 2015. As a result, compensation and benefits were introduced.
The Company completed the acquisition of innovative headphones, equipped with an active noise- reduction system for drivers of mining excavation machinery.
To ensure safe movement of Group’s employees between the head office buildings of Uralkali and its units in Berezniki and Solikamsk all vehicles involved in the transportation of the Company’s employees were provided with additional seatbelts.
Three industrial safety declarations for hazardous production facilities (hazard class II) were developed and approved.
In 2015, Uralkali received the Certificate of qualification of mine rescue crews issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. Those crews were formed from employees of Uralkali’s mines who were qualified as rescuers.
At the Company’s mines, a system of personnel positioning was installed and commissioned.
The Company completed the scheduled examination of industrial safety of technical devices, buildings and structures used at Uralkali’s hazardous production facilities.
All facilities were declared to have met fire safety standards.
In 2014, no fire or emergency situations were registered at the Company’s facilities. The number of fire outbreaks decreased by 37%
All 1,600 existing fire alarm and fire extinguishing systems and installations for the underground and surface complexes, as well as warning systems for civil defence and emergencies, were serviced
The outdated detectors in firefighting systems were replaced with more advanced ones, which significantly reduced the number of false responses and mine conveyor downtime in 2014
The certification of existing systems for monitoring and control of engineering systems of buildings and structures (ESM) continues
The Company carried out work to prepare units for preventing and mitigating the consequences of oil spills at the Company’s facilities that handle oil products
Comprehensive exercises were conducted to prepare employees for natural and man-made emergency situations and civil defence warning signals
An inventory of civil defence structures, which included technical condition reports, was carried out and measures to improve their protective properties were adopted. In 2014, a civil defence structure at Solikamsk-3 was named the best in the Perm region by a review competition
We believe that nothing is more important than people’s health, and the Company takes care of its employees by preventing and reducing their exposure to health hazards in the workplace.
An effective system of regular health checks helps the Company to detect occupational diseases at an early stage, to identify the initial effects of exposure to health hazards, and to take measures to protect the health of employees and assist in their recovery.
To reduce the incidence of these types of conditions, we have implemented the following measures:
– Mandatory hearing tests for all individuals working at sites with a high background noise level;
– Additional health checks for all employees working at sites with a high background noise or vibration level;
– Mandatory transfer to jobs that do not involve exposure to health hazards for employees found to be susceptible to occupational diseases;
– Use of modern and innovative personal protective equipment to mitigate the impact of negative workplace factors. For this purpose, Uralkali purchased sets of active noise-cancelling headphones.
As part of our health improvement programmes, employees undergo regular mandatory health checks and examinations, and are also given vaccinations.
Making employees aware of the latest health and safety requirements and developing a culture of compliance play a key role in ensuring workplace safety. Before starting work at Uralkali’s production facilities, the Company’s employees receive workplace training. Ensuring workplace safety and monitoring employee compliance with safety requirements are part of the responsibilities of all foremen and supervisors.
Training and certification in 2015:
- In the field of industrial safety — 7,663 employees
- In the field of occupational safety — 1,181 employees
- In the field of emergency situations and civil defence — over 3,500 employees
- In the field of fire safety — 8,613 employees
When it comes to health and safety, Uralkali makes no distinction between its own employees and contractor personnel.
The Company checks all potential contractors to ensure that they have all necessary health and safety permits and that their employees receive health and safety training and certification. Agreements with contractors expressly specify that their employees must comply with their safety requirements and Uralkali’s safety standards. Contractor personnel must receive health and safety induction training and Uralkali’s officers carry out regular health and safety inspections and checks during contract periods.
Uralkali’s contractors also have to comply with the Cardinal Rules: if they break any of them, they are taken off their assignment and banned from Uralkali’s facilities for a year.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBLIITY POLICY OF OJSC "URALKALI"
OJSC "Uralkali" (OJSC "Uralkali", Company,) is one of the world’s leading potash producers. Our aim is to produce potash fertilizers to satisfy the worldwide demand for the high-quality food; we develop potash deposits in an efficient and responsible manner in order to ensure continuous development of the Company.
We follow the principles of social responsibility and we know how important it is to respect the interests of all our stakeholders (employees, partners, investors, shareholders, government authorities, public organizations, the media and the residents of the regions of Uralkali’s corporate presence). We know that, as a large industrial company, we are expected to be reliable, open and stable. We aspire to fully meet these expectations in full by consistently implementing the strategy of sustainable development.
Planning our work for years ahead, we care about the well-being of the future generations and honor the obligations that we have undertaken voluntarily:
- Securing the well-being and personal development of our employees;
- Taking into account the unique social features of the regions where we work both when solving current problems and when making decisions regarding the Company’s new projects;
- Taking all necessary actions in order to reduce the negative impact on the safety, health and living conditions of our employees, partners and residents of the territories of Uralkali’s corporate presence;
- Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Company’s stakeholders, regularly informing all interested parties of the situation in the Company and the status of the actions taken in order to reduce and eliminate environmental and social risks;
- Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders when making decisions in the sphere of industrial, environmental and social safety when realizing current and future projects.
Our social policy serves as a guide for each employee of OJSC "Uralkali" and it is reflected in all our programs and plans. We understand how important it is to fulfill our obligations in a full and timely way and we are committed to finding a balance between the interests of the Company, its employees and other stakeholders. We believe that this balance is the only true foundation for the harmonious growth and development of OJSC "Uralkali" and society as a whole.
URALKALI’s Health, Safety and Environment Policy
OJSC “Uralkali” aims to be a leader in every aspect of its operations.
Health, safety and environment are key priorities for us and serve as a framework for every action and decision we make, irrespective of the type of activity.
We fully realise that no achievement or economic benefit may justify death of people or damage to human health and the environment of our planet. Each and every employee of OJSC “Uralkali” has the right to be provided with safe and comfortable conditions of labour. With that, the Company expects that every employee will strictly abide by safety regulations and will demonstrate responsible attitude towards own and fellow colleagues’ life and health. Only through maintaining a mutually responsible behaviour in health, safety and environment will we be able to achieve a greater level of development for our business.
Our goals are very simple and clear:
- Zero accidents;
- Zero industrial emergencies;
- Reduction of environmental impact.
To achieve these goals and to ensure the maximum compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, we must create a health, safety and environment management system based on established standards.
An efficient management and continuous improvement of the corporate health and safety culture will enable us to gain significant progress in preventing and/or mitigating HSE-related issues.
We strongly believe that a successful implementation of these efforts will create conditions for the sustainable development of OJSC “Uralkali”.