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370 Employees of Uralkali Receive Awards in Honour of Chemists Day

370 Employees of Uralkali Receive Awards in Honour of Chemist’s Day

A gala evening titled “The Winning Formula” took place on May 29. It was attended by more than 500 of Uralkali’s employees from Berezniki and Solikamsk.

Ten of the Company’s employees were awarded certificates of merit and gratitude from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. The title “Honorary Chemist” was awarded to Alexander Gapon, Head of Operations at Solikamsk-3.

The highest corporate award, the “Honorary Potash Worker” title, was given to:

  • Galina Mazurova, Shift Manager at Berezniki-2;
  • Olga Chupina, Control Panel Operator at Berezniki-3;
  • Natalia Zhulanova, Control Panel Operator at Berezniki-4;
  • Andrey Kriktunov, Deputy Chief Engineer at Berezniki-4;
  • Nadezhda Lebedeva, Deputy Chief Engineer for Technology at Solikamsk-1;
  • Pavel Razzhigaev, Manager at Solikamsk-2;
  • Olga Gaas, Control Panel Operator at Solikamsk-3;
  • Alexander Lobko, Leading Engineer for Automation of Production at Solikamsk-3;
  • Boris Krasilnikov, Chief Specialist for Instrumentation and Controls Repairs, Automation department;
  • Vladimir Novosyolov, Head of Technology Development;
  • Elena Borisova, Head of Financial department.

The theatrical dance group “Colour People” and singer Zara created a wonderful atmosphere for the guests of the gala evening.

Dmitry Osipov, Uralkali CEO, said:

Today we celebrate Chemist’s Day, our common industry holiday, bringing together representatives of different occupations and specialisations who implement the bravest ideas and most innovative solutions. Your professionalism and dedication to your favourite occupation help to develop the industry and its individual companies, as well as provide both domestic and overseas markets with high quality products.

In order to maintain our leading position, we are implementing large-scale investment projects. In the next six years, Uralkali will allocate about 300 billion roubles to developing capacities that will lay the foundation for a sustainable and stable future, and help us to continue improving the infrastructure of Berezniki and Solikamsk.

Happy holiday, dear colleagues! I wish you good health, personal well-being, stability and success at work.

Andrey Kriktunov, Deputy Chief Engineer at Berezniki-4, commented:

Today is a special, solemn day for me and all my colleagues working at Uralkali. Receiving the highest corporate award, the ‘Honorary potash worker’ title, would not have been possible without the support of my colleagues with whom we solve large-scale production problems.

I have worked for Uralkali for almost thirty years, and during this time I have witnessed continuous development and modernisation of the Berezniki-4 mine. Today it is Uralkali’s largest mining group. Many of the Company’s new production projects are introduced at our mining group first, including tests of new mining equipment, reconstruction of mining shafts, modernisation of conveyor transport and many others. I am confident that many more achievements lie ahead of us.

Alexander Gapon, Head of Operations at Solikamsk-3, awarded the “Honorary Chemist” title, added:

I am proud that my work at Uralkali was praised so highly. I have always strived to achieve good results and work diligently. I am especially pleased with the recognition of my colleagues, all of whom are real professionals. My award is a credit to the whole team, which I have been part of for almost thirty years. I am confident that together we can solve any problem.

Chemist’s Day coincided with the announcement of the results of a professional competition among workers of seven treatment plants.

The winners of the “Best employee in flotation production” category were:

  • Yevgeniya Bayandina, Mill Operator at Solikamsk-2;
  • Lyudmila Denisova, Compression Unit Operator at Solikamsk-3;
  • Nickolay Nizovtsev, Granulation Operator at Berezniki-3.

The winners of the “Best operator in halurgy production” category were:

  • Olga Kordyukova, Foreman at Solikamsk-1;
  • Alexander Dongauzer, Dissolution Operator at Berezniki-4;
  • Natalia Yugova, Settlement Operator at Solikamsk-1.

The winner of the “Best team of technologists” category was a team from Solikamsk-1.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com) is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of potash. The company’s assets include five mines and seven processing plants located in the cities of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm region). The company’s main production unit employs approximately 11,000 employees. Shares and GDRs of Uralkali are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.


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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