UC RUSAL Sustainability report 2015



To meet the occupational health, industrial and fire safety goals established by UC RUSAL, the Company performs a wide range of OHIFS measures.

Action plans to improve and sanitise working conditions are developed at all enterprises, and approved by the chief executive officers. These plans include the development and implementation of procedures for measures to reduce harmful and dangerous production factors at work places, the appointment of responsible individuals and setting of completion deadlines. The plans have been agreed with trade unions.

Special assessments of working conditions (special assessment) are performed at the Russian production sites of the Company enterprises in accordance with the requirements of Russian laws. UC RUSAL issued a special internal document entitled ‘the Regulations on Organisation and Performance of a Special Assessment of Working Conditions at the Company enterprises located in the Russian Federation’, with due account of the specifics of certain production sites of the Company.

For example, in 2015 special assessments were performed at 36 UC RUSAL divisions and the working conditions of 7,159 working places were assessed, which covered 19,084 employees of the Company.

Taking into account the previous certification of workers (in effect until the expiry of its effective term), all work stations were evaluated at the entire Company. The assessment revealed, in particular, the occupations with high-risk injury and disease. G4-LA7

Occupations with high risk for injury:

Occupations with high risk for work-related illnesses:

·         stope miner

·         anode operator in aluminium production

·         non-ferrous founder

·         molten salts pot operator

·         service technician

·         electrical fitter

·         electrician

·         electrical/gas welder

·         molten salts pot operator

·         crane operator

·         founder

·         bath repair mounter

·         service man

·         control panel operator

Measures to monitor OHIFS are performed at the following levels:

·         line manager (foreman), as part of day-to-day production activity;

·         middle manager of the enterprise (shop manager), as part of periodic reviews;

·         the area director, as part of regular reviews;

·         Ecology, Occupational Health and Industrial Safety Department representatives, as part of regular internal audits by the Management Company.

The Company enterprises continually carry out measures to reduce the number of on-the-job injuries and accidents, improve working conditions, and reduce the risk of work-related employee illnesses.

There are three main focal points of this work:

·         performing internal and external audits, developing and implementing remedial measures;

·         implementing divisional Programs to reduce on-the-job injuries and the risk of work-related illnesses;

·         implementing annual action plans to improve the working conditions of workers.

Given that on-the-job injuries are due primarily to the failure of employees to comply with OHIFS requirements in their work, the Company performs across-the-board behavioural safety audits.

Targeted projects

In addition to annual Programs to reduce on-the-job injuries, the following Programs were launched at a number of the Company enterprises:

·         Chessboard Project – the project aimed at minimising dangerous production factors, including the timely identification of problem areas, calculating the level of risk, and preventing the occurrence of potential incidents;

·         Safe Mine Project – the project to mitigate risks associated with rockslides;

·         Programs to improve work stations in the Company’s existing production system;

·         Programs to reduce on-the-job injuries and the risk of work-related illnesses;

·         Programs to identify, register and eliminate dangerous situations, and also to prevent dangerous actions;

·         safety of pedestrians and support service vehicles.

Development and implementation of the equipment and technology to increase safety at work

In an effort to decrease hand labor and introduce the equipment and technology that allow increasing work safety in the enterprises of the Aluminium Division, RUS-Engineering develops and organizes the production of its own diesel processing machinery. Over the three years 13 items were designed and 25 items were produced and transferred to the factories. Such machinery included, for example, machines for electrolyte crust punching in the electrolysis cell using the Soderberg technology and machines for gas removal system cleaning. At the same time the cost of such equipment is lower than the cost of imported analogues by 30-40%.