UC RUSAL believes that guaranteeing working conditions at production facilities that are safe for employees’ health is the direct responsibility of the directors at all levels of the Company. The Company has established a vertical OHIFS management system.
175 employees worked in the divisions making up the management structure of OHIFS in 2015. The Company has an Occupational Health, Industrial and Fire Safety Management System (OHIFSMS) in place. The OHIFSMS at each production facility includes the following:
· Risks management.
· Development of an emergency response plan and measures to eliminate the consequences of emergencies.
· Procedure for drawing up the budgets for health and safety measures.
· System for communicating information on incidents and learning lessons from them;
· System for rating OHIFS key performance indicators and assessing their achievement.
· Employee training pursuant to federal legislation in the countries of operation and the Company’s internal requirements.
· Corporate electronic remote learning and training system on safe working methods.
To ensure that UC RUSAL’s activities comply with best practices, the OHIFSMS of nine production enterprises (BrAZ, NkAZ, KrAZ, SAZ, SUAL – PM – Volgograd; AGK; NGZ; the Achinsk branch of RIK, and Metallurg Service Centre) and the Management Company (ZAO RUSAL GLOBAL MANAGEMENT B.V.) were certified for compliance with international safety standard OHSAS 18001:2007.
In 2015 Det Norske Veritas Germanishcher Lloyd performed recertification audits of two production enterprises and of the Management Company. The audits resulted in the confirmation of compliance of the OHIFS management system with OHSAS 18001:2007.
The functionality of the OHIFSMS for compliance with the standard OHSAS 18001:2007 is not only assessed by external auditors, but is also monitored during the performance of internal audits. For example, UC RUSAL performed 34 internal audits in 2015, including in the Company enterprises that do not fall within the scope of OHSAS 18001:2007.
A series of OHIFS instructional training sessions (introductory, basic, refresher, ad-hoc, and extra training courses) and occupational safety training sessions are provided to each employee on a mandatory basis. Employees that operate, service and monitor hazardous and dangerous production facilities receive additional training on industrial safety. Periodic knowledge assessments, annually on occupational safety and once every three years on industrial safety, are organised to test the preparedness of employees.
Mentoring is used at the Company enterprises to help employees to acquire and develop the necessary skills. An experienced specialist is assigned to every newly hired employee to both monitor his/her activity in terms of OHIFS and to help him/her develop a culture of safe behaviour.
OHIFS trainings and knowledge assessments are performed in strict compliance with the legislation of the countries of operation of the Company’s production facilities. The requirements contained therein are also regulated by the internal documents of UC RUSAL enterprises.