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Uralkali Employees Receive New Workwear

13.02.2012
Uralkali Employees Receive New Workwear

After the merger Uralkali has been continuously moving to common standards in all areas of its business. Occupational safety is not an exception, in particular working clothes. Common workwear has been ordered for operational personnel. All engineers and workers will wear new working clothes both in Berezniki and Solikamsk. Only the workwear for miners will be different: it must be compliant with underground working conditions.

Development of new workwear design was started in 2011. It was a very challenging task for the Occupational Health and Safety Directory. The working clothes must be universal and protect employees from dust, dirt and chemical exposure while being comfortable and wear-resistant. The solution was found with a leading workwear fabric manufacturer, an Italian company Klopman. Employees of global corporations, such as British Petroleum, Volvo, Coca-Cola and Mercedes wear garments made of their fabrics.

"Durable, comfortable, impressive and stylish", Uralkali employees say about new working clothes. In the next two years employees in Berezniki and Solikamsk will change into new workwear. These clothes are more comfortable, beautiful and functional than the old ones.

Klopman’s Indestructible fabric met Uralkali's needs completely. This unique fabric is made of synthetic fibers (65%) and cotton (35%). The textile weave is so tight that it prevents dust particles from permeating between threads, so it is just possible to shake your garments well enough to clean it. Special finish helps repel dust, dirt and even chemicals. It cannot be easily rumpled and does not shrink after laundering.

Sergey Trenikhin, head of building repair and maintenance department, Berezniki-4:

— I got used to new workwear very quickly. It is comfortable, I feel very free and cozy, it is made of good strong fabric - I am sure it will retain its smart appearance for a long time. I am very glad that there are more pockets, not large, but medium size which is more convenient. The pockets are zipped, but not fastened with a Velcro, this ensures reliable closure, and nothing can be dropped out.

Special attention was given to the design of new working clothes. The style and colors of the uniforms were competitively chosen from designers' offers of Russian leading manufacturers. Finally, the appearance of an Uralkali employee became modern and stylish. All company's employees are expected to wear sea-green garments with red insets by 2014.

Alexander Solovyov, head of occupational safety department, Berezniki-4:

— Nice clothing, modern design. It appeals to me that the "coat" was replaced with a jacket; it is more comfortable and gives more ease of movement. There are a lot of pockets, one can put anything they need: a pen and a notepad, gloves - there's enough space for everything.

About Klopman workwear

When in 1940-50s industrial boom was on in America, the world started to change drastically: semiconductors, polymers, stereo sound in cinemas and color television appeared. Meanwhile, a young specialist of Du Pont company, Bill Klopman found a solution for those customers whose working clothes could endure only for three-four months. He proposed a new textile formula which is still in use today: 65% polyester and 35% cotton. This is how first polyester-blended fabrics came into being; they showed better qualities than cotton and all its analogs and offered exceptional color consistency. The quality of new textiles and their colors were highly appreciated both by trade unions and employers. And Bill Klopman's name took its rightful place in the world's fabric industry.

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 Uralkalis 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 Companys 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 Uralkalis corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Companys 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.

URALKALIs 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.

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