Safety

Safety Culture

The Company is continuously developing its employee training programmed in industrial, environmental and occupational safety. Contractors are also involved in the Company’s training programmed. Their managers and specialists undergo cascade training in environmental safety in the following areas:

compliance with the requirements of environmental legislation at production facilities; 
handling of production and consumption wastes at the Company’s facilities; 
requirements of corporate documentation related to environmental protection.

compliance with the requirements of environmental legislation at production facilities; 
handling of production and consumption wastes at the Company’s facilities; 
requirements of corporate documentation related to environmental protection.
Contractors’ compliance with the corporate HSE standards is one of the basic selection criteria applied to potential contractors in the competitive bidding process.

Occupational Health

The company is putting in place a long-term strategy on health and wellbeing, involving health checksand screening, staff vaccination programmes, first aid training, and other initiatives.
The corporate health protection and disease prevention system includes:

disease prevention (accreditation of clinics, thorough medical examinations, the formation andmonitoring of risk groups for cardiovascular diseases, and Health Awareness Days for employees)

emergency response (first aid/medical assistance, transportation to clinics, and first aid training) 
promotion of a healthy lifestyle — organizing vaccinations, promoting a healthy lifestyle, preventing alcohol and drug use, and an insurance system

The Company is implementing a long-term strategy to prevent occupational diseases. One of its priorities is to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease and provide a thorough examination of high-risk group employees.
As it develops responsibility throughout the entire supply chain, the Company is introducing a new health safety focus — ‘Contractor management’ — in which the Company monitors medical examinations by employees of contractors and organizes effective emergency medical responses for them, among other things. This project received a gold medal at the Health and Safety 2017 national competition.

Risk management

The Company’s integrated risk management system outlines a standardized procedure for identifying and assessing risks, preparing risk management measures, making sure such measures are duly implemented and recorded, including with respect to risks related to environmentally sensitive areas where the company operates.
In order to establish uniform requirements for identifying, assessing and minimizing HSE risks as well as personnel’s approach to managing them, the Company has formalized the processes aimed at systematically identifying hazards, assessing risks, and taking adequate measures to prevent and reduce them. This has allowed the Company to significantly reduce the likelihood of industrial accidents, major equipment failures as well as other incidents and their accompanying environmental impacts.

Emergency Response Readiness

The Company has been improving the preparedness of its production facilities for potential emergency situations and training its personnel to handle these situations, including in difficult weather conditions.

Oil Spill Response Plan

The Company’s Oil Spill Response Plan has been developed by the Russian Navy Central Research and Design Institute (CNIIMF), announced with the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, and approved by the Russian Federation Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The Plan provides for different risk scenarios and gives estimates of personnel and equipment required for emergency response units in different situations.
The Company has also established professional oil spill containment and response units and arranged efficient communication with the governmental emergency response bodies. The Company has procured a special equipment that allows it to respond to possible oil spills in the Arctic region and skim spilled oil in ice conditions.

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