Progress in health and safety is one of Severstal’s key performance indicators, with leadership to sustainable development and long-term success.
Our Health and Safety Policy, approved by our Board of Directors, sets guidelines for safe operations throughout all of Severstal’s operations. The Policy states six fundamental principles:
- Safe working conditions;
- Health and Safety management;
- Systems for monitoring and reporting hazards;
- Safe and responsible employee conduct;
- Compliance with all health and safety regulations;
- Health and safety information must be clear and straightforward.
Severstal’s Health and Safety policy is set and constantly reviewed by a designated Board Safety Committee. It is implemented by management and observed by all employees across the business.
We remain fully committed to running a safe and accidentfree business. Our goal is to eliminate all fatalities across the business. To achieve this, we run a continuous safety improvement programme across all of our operations.
Severnaya incident, February 2016
In 2016, Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) was 1.21 (excluding the incident at the Severnaya mine).
The project aims to improve performance by involving all employees and reinforcing a culture of safety. The project is structured in three parts: providing safer working conditions, training, and engaging employees. An essential element of the Labour Safety project is a comprehensive audit and analysis, allowing us to monitor and compare standards and practices across the Company, helping us to improve health and safety performance further.
Our safety system is certified to be in accordance with OHSAS 18001:2007 standards at Karelsky Okatysh, Olcon, Cherepovets Steel Mill, Izhora Pipe Mill, SIA Severstal Distribution and Severstal Project.
All Severstal’s assets have systems in place to monitor employee feedback at all the assets, which helps to register and analyse safety issues.
20 million roubles were invested at Cherepovets Steel Mill in safety systems at dangerous gas and chemistry areas and elevated platforms. 1.7 million roubles were invested in personal gas analysers for dangerous gas areas at Severstal-Metiz to provide continuous CO and natural gas control.
163 million roubles were invested at Vorkutaugol. Additional stone dusters were installed at Vorkutaugol to improve coal dustexplosion protection. All static gas analysers were additionally anchored to avoid any external interference. Personal gas analysers were replaced for all underground personnel. Seismic acquisition systems were installed in Vorkutinskaya and Zapolyarnaya mines to forecast potential geological incidents.
At Olcon and Karelsky Okatysh selective investments were made in order to avoid the most frequent injuries. Also, the motor-vehicle pools were replaced at both assets.