Uralkali receives OHSAS 18001 certificate for occupational health and safety management

05.02.2016

Uralkali has received certification for its compliance with the requirements of the OHSAS 18001 international standard (Russian State Standard ó GOST R 54934-2012), relating to the Companyís health and safety management system.

The certification demonstrates that the Company has an effective industrial safety management system and adopts a comprehensive approach to labour protection issues.

Stanislav Seleznev, Health, Safety and Environment Director at Uralkali, commented:

Reducing the number of work-related injuries and ensuring zero fatalities at Uralkaliís production sites is one of the Companyís main priorities. Our compliance with the requirements of this international health and safety standard is an important step in the development of the Companyís production culture.

Note to editors:

Uralkaliís systematic approach to industrial safety and strict adherence to labour protection rules is already demonstrating results. In the past five years, the number of workplace injuries has more than halved from 38 accidents in 2011 to 18 in 2015.

Last year, Uralkali expanded the number of employees responsible for compliance with mining safety rules.

All of the Companyís employees are provided with functional and comfortable uniforms, tools and protective equipment. The Company regularly carries out medical examinations, workplace assessments and training sessions for employees.

In addition to the requirements of the relevant regulations, Uralkali Group applies its own internal standards. The Cardinal Rules of Employee Safety take into account the specifics of production activities.

In 2015, the Company spent over RUB 1 billion on health and safety measures.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the worldís largest potash producers and exporters. The Companyís assets consist of 5 mines and 7 ore-treatment mills situated in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm Region, Russia). Uralkali employs ca.11,000 people (in the main production unit). Uralkaliís shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange.

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Cardinal rules

Smoking in mines is prohibited.
Work at heights without wearing a safety harness is prohibited.
Work in electrical installations under voltage is prohibited.
It is forbidden to perform work and stay in the bottomhole zone during the operation of the mining machine.
Loading and unloading operations when people are in the danger zone are prohibited.
Working in underground mines with unsecured and/or unassembled roofing is prohibited.
It is forbidden to carry out repairs and maintenance of conveyors without disconnecting from energy sources, use of conveyors for transfer of people and goods (materials and/or equipment), crossing (either above or under) operating conveyors by employees are not allowed.
It is forbidden to carry out welding and flame work in underground mines and mine buildings without the necessary safety measures preventing fire.