Health and Safety management
EVRAZ endeavours to create a safe and favourable working environment. Occupational health and safety (OHS) forms a core part of EVRAZ’s sustainability activities and long-term success, and focuses on preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Our approach incorporates a number of elements, including compliance with OHS legislation, monitoring key risk factors, and promoting safe behaviour among employees and contractors. We are constantly introducing improvements to the health and safety management system.
In 2019, we evaluated the OHS management system and identified two major drivers for improvement – developing the safety culture and implementing a risk-orientated approach. Based on ISO 45001 provisions and best practices, six core occupational health and safety management elements were identified, including:
- Goal setting
- Risk management
- Monitoring the management system
- Improvements across all areas
Within this framework, in 2019, EVRAZ initiated the Risk Management project. The goal is to improve overall safety through enhancing the safety culture and changing attitudes towards risks. This can be achieved through involving workers in health and safety management and implementing a risk-orientated approach in everyday operations. In line with this new and proactive approach, we have established a number of risk management teams, whose objective is to support the implementation of new OHS risk management tools across the Group.
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As part of implementing the Risk Management project, in 2019, EVRAZ elaborated a new risk assessment matrix. In 2020, we plan to describe the key risks facing all EVRAZ enterprises by applying the new matrix. As a result, each facility will have its own list of hazards that potentially could lead to fatalities. Critical risks will be identified and described using risk passports, which primarily set out the effects of these risks to safety.
EVRAZ holds a certificate of compliance with international occupational health and safety standards: the Group’s facilities are certified under OHSAS18001:2007 and EVRAZ enterprises will also be certified under ISO 45001. In 2019, all necessary preparation procedures under ISO 45001 were completed by EVRAZ ZSMK and EVRAZ NTMK. These enterprises are planned to be certified in 2020. The rest of the Group will be certified under ISO 45001 before the OHSAS18001:2007 certificate expires.
In everyday operations the Group applies a simple and strict set of safety rules — the Cardinal Safety Rules of EVRAZ. These are mandatory for all individuals working at or visiting the Group’s operations.