Occupational Health and Safety 

Our goal is to steadily reduce operational risks to a level consistent with international standards for industrial health and safety. In its operations, ALROSA implements an integrated approach based on the following principles:

  • The lives and health of employees have priority over results of operations;  
  • The company's management is interested in ensuring safe and healthy conditions of work;
  • Instilling strong motivation for safe jobsite behaviour. 

Main Thrusts of the Occupational Health and Safety Policy

Occupational health and safety issues loom large on the agenda of all ALROSA operating units and facilities not only because of the specific working conditions in the mining industry but also the natural and climatic features of the Far North. 

Our occupational health and safety policy is aimed at:

  • ensuring safe operations based on industrial risk management, absolute compliance with legal and other requirements in occupational health and safety;
  • continuous improvement of ALROSA’s occupational health and safety management system;
  • developing a corporate strategy, business plans and investment projects with due consideration of occupational health and safety levels;
  • continuous improvement of the level of employee competence and awareness of occupational health and safety aspects;
  • establishing personal responsibility and motivating employees with respect to occupational health and safety;
  • stakeholder engagement and ensuring openness and transparency of the operational results of the company in occupational health and safety.

Approaches to Occupational Health and Safety Management 

The occupational health and safety management system (hereinafter, OHSMS) has been in our company since 2008. Today, it represents a package of regulations and administrative and technical activities aimed at safe and accident free work of all employees at all organization units and facilities in all spheres of activity. The ALROSA Occupational Health and Safety Management System and its requirements are based on Russian legislation and other regulatory documents, such as:

  • Main Requirements to Occupational Safety Management Systems in Companies Utilizing Hazardous Manufacturing Facilities approved by Resolution No. 41 of the Supervisory Board of the System of Expert Reviews of Occupational Safety of May 5, 2004;
  • OHSAS 18001:1999 Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Specifications;
  • ILO-OSH 2001 Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems.

OHSMS is aimed at instilling occupational health and safety principles for the purposes of prevention and liquidation of emergencies, accidents and incidents at hazardous manufacturing facilities.

The company’s Chief Engineer is responsible for the implementation of the occupational health and safety policy.

Underground mining operations and construction are the areas of high industrial risk. Specific attention is paid to compliance with OHSMS regulations in these areas of operation.

For example, while performing underground mining operations, supplementary special activities of gas regime are mapped out and the passports for faces, drilling and blasting operations, as well as emergency response plans are approved by and agreed with the Mirny branch of the 23rd Yakutia paramilitary mine rescue team of the North East.

In performing the construction operations, method statements are prepared in advance and approved by the chief engineer of the construction unit, indicating all occupational health and safety, as well as fire safety, measures required to ensure safety at the construction site. There is a three-stage control mechanism in place to ensure safety of operations in construction divisions and units.

Stage One is comprised of the foreman, site-engineer and section manager.

Stage Two is comprised of experts and managers of the construction department.

Stage Three is comprised of experts and managers of the construction company. 

ALROSA Occupational Health and Safety Management System

Levels of management

CHIEF ENGINEER

Occupational Health and Safety Department

Head of Company’s Subdivisions

Profalmaz Inter-Regional Trade Union

All categories of employees (line managers, specialists, white- and blue collar workers)

Key management tools

Occupational Health Councils of Subdivisions (under heads of subdivisions) 

Institute of authorized (proxy) representatives of trade union committees of subdivisions, who sit on industrial control commissions

Employee job descriptions

Mechanisms and functions

Consider the following issues:

  • compliance by managers and officials of all ranks with respect to legislative acts, regulations and current rules on occupational health;
  • status of occupational injury rate;
  • performance of the occupational health action plans and urgent measures for bringing workplaces, equipment, technological processes, buildings and structures into compliance with the existing requirements.

Exercise public control over the observance of contractual obligations under the collective agreement.

There are a total of 670 authorized representatives of Profalmaz Trade Union for labour safety or 2.1% of the total number of ALROSA employees. In addition 219 authorized representatives sit on industrial control commissions of the company subdivisions. 

List the rights and obligations of employees in the field of industrial health and safety. 

Collegial bodies

Industrial Control Commissions are the tripartite collegial bodies of subdivisions, that have representatives of trade union organs, management and employees 

Functions of collegial bodies

  • prevention of emergencies, incidents and ensuring preparedness of the organizations for localization and liquidation of consequences of emergencies at hazardous manufacturing facilities, employing a series of administrative and technical measures for prevention of occupational injuries;
  • review and analysis of each industrial accident in order to identify the causes and to map out measures to prevent their occurrence.

 

ALROSA Occupational Injury Risk Management System 

RISKS

RISK MANAGEMENT MEASURES

Production

Personnel Training and Safety

Supply of Resources

Risks of accidents and emergency situations at hazardous industrial facilities. 

In 2012, there were 225 ALROSA industrial facilities in the State Register of Hazardous Industrial Facilities.

Technical re-equipment and modernization of production 

1. Personnel training and education in the field of occupational health and safety, fire, road, and environmental safety;

2. Control over the observance by personnel of OHSMS instructions and requirements;

3. Development of the institute of authorized representatives for labour safety in subdivisions and jobsites of the company. 

Civil responsibility insurance of all (225) hazardous industrial facilities;

Provision of protective clothing, footwear and other personal protection equipment in accordance with standard norms, and certain types of jobs and operations shall have additional protection against harmful and hazardous factors, special temperature or contamination conditions.  

Risks of industrial injuries and occupational diseases 

Control over the observance of OHS  instructions, requirements and rules concerning the use of specific types of equipment, machinery 

Periodic and preliminary medical examinations (including instant diagnosis of the presence of narcotic substances in biological fluids) which are required for permission to perform employment duties (performance of employment duties is not allowed in case of medical contraindications).

It is prohibited to employ or transfer to other jobs:

  • individuals who suffer from an occupational illness (in case the performance of employment duties will be connected to harmful work conditions);
  • individuals who have any signs of the impact of harmful industrial factors upon their organism, as confirmed by medical institutions licensed to practice a relevant type of medical activity. 

 

Shift foremen and authorized occupational health representatives in shafts and open pits are provided with portable express gas analysers.

The enterprises operating steam plants are equipped with automatic gas analysers to control air conditions.

Travelling employees (exploration crew members, mobile groups and squads road and line service staff are provided with communication sets (radiophone, portable radio, etc.).

Provision of healthy and dietary meals to the employees involved in underground mining operations as well as provision of specialized meals to the employees involved in operations in harmful working conditions.

Risks of noncompliance or inadequate competence of line managers, specialists, or workers in the field of occupational health and safety.

 

OHS, fire protection, road and environmental safety training of managers and specialists, and briefing of workers. 

Personnel motivation so as to prevent any violation of the OHS rules and requirements. 

Continued efforts aimed at improving internal regulations that determine the corporate policy in the field of occupational health and safety in accordance with the laws and normative acts of the Russian Federation.  

Risks of social vulnerability of the individuals injured in industrial accidents. 

   

Consolidation of the company’s legal and voluntary obligations to provide employees with health and accident insurance within the norms and provisions of the collective bargaining agreement and adjustment of a definite limit of indemnity for each type of insurance event.

In September 2012, the ALROSA Regulations on Non-State Employee Pension Plan was amended to include changes and additions which provide for the payment of a non-state survivors pension. In addition, ALROSA has assumed liability for material support of surviving children and elderly parents in the amount of the minimum wage as established in the Republic and to be paid monthly regardless of the employee’s work record in the company. 

Occupational Health and Safety Performance Indicators for 2012 

Pursuant to Paragraph 11.1.1 of the collective bargaining agreement, the company and Profalmaz Trade Union acknowledge the high priority of financing occupational health activities. In 2012, ALROSA allocated RUB 486.4 million to the implementation of the occupational health and safety activities, which is 6.2 % more than in 2011.

2012 Occupational Health and Safety Goals and Deliverables 

Our Occupational Health and Safety Goals in 2012 

2012 Deliverables

Organization of training for line personnel in all company subdivisions to be carried out twice a year in occupational safety offices within the subdivisions’ workshops and jobsites on the aspects of safe operations, control of employees during their performance of shift job orders, organization of drills at workplaces, and maintaining occupational health registers at jobsites.

In 2012, 2,732 employees were trained in occupational and fire safety and labour protection, or 26% of all managers and specialists of the company. The number of employees who received training in occupational health and safety exceeded the target by 23.8%

Elaboration of a motivation system for line managers, foremen and workers, which would provide for material incentives in preventing violations of occupational health requirements at workplaces.

Regulations governing targeted and integrated inspection of line crews engaged in underground mining operations were prepared and approved in 2013.

As a follow-up to inspections, the results thereof are evaluated through a specially designed system to assess the performance of line managers in the area of occupational health and safety. Results of performance evaluation affect monthly bonuses of line managers.   

Introduction of the new ALROSA Regulations On Labour Emulation that would significantly tighten the rating scale, thus affecting the total score for a workshop where accidents, fire or other incidents occurred but also violations that may result in such occurrences.

The regulations were approved by the ALROSA Supervisory Board on December 26, 2012 (Minutes No. 153). 

Further development of an institute of authorized occupational safety representatives within subdivisions and workshops of the company.

A programme of measures aimed at intensification of the occupational health and safety activity involving authorized occupational health representatives of Profalmaz Trade Union.

89 authorized occupational health representatives of ALROSA subdivisions were trained in occupation safety and tested.  

Continued efforts to improve the internal regulatory base which spells out corporate policy in occupational health and safety in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Russian Federation.

ALROSA Regulations on Non-State Employee Pension Plan were amended to include changes and additions that provide for the payment of a non-state survivors pension. In addition, ALROSA has assumed liability for material support of surviving children and elderly parents in the amount of the minimum wage established in the Republic to be paid monthly regardless of the employee’s work record in the company.

In 2012, 31 people were injured in 26 industrial accidents, resulting in injuries of different severity.  

Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate

Lost Time Injury Severity Rate

Occupational Disease Rate

LTIFR

LTISR

ODR

0.10

14.13

0.07

Twenty five out of the 26 industrial accidents occurred at northern sites in the territory of Western Yakutia and one happened in Moscow. All injured persons were men.  

Our company learned several serious lessons in 2012: four employees were killed in industrial accidents. All of these fatalities were registered at industrial facilities in Western Yakutia, including Udachny, Mirny and Nyurba MDPs and in the Capital Construction Division. In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, the families of employees killed at hazardous industrial facilities are entitled to survivors pensions in the amount of RUB 2 million. 

 Udachny MDP

 Nyurba MDP

 Capital Construction Dept. 

Udachny underground mine, which is currently under construction, experienced an explosion caused by high gas content in the working face and violations of safety rules and procedures during mining operations. Methane-air mixture exploded at a depth of 365 meters, killing two employees (a foreman and a mine worker). Another four people received injuries of varying severity. 

An electric welder was hit by a front-end loader and died from permanent injury. 

A rigger in Almaztekhmontazh Capital Construction Division fell from a height while working at the site of processing plant No. 16. 

Distribution of incidents depending on their causes

 

Personal negligence

50.0%

All cases of industrial injuries were investigated in accordance with established procedures and measures were taken to eliminate their causes.

In 2012, 715 employees were held liable for violating occupational health and safety rules and procedures.  

 

Unsatisfactory organisation of work by line managers

19.2%

 

Process violations by foremen and workshop specialists

7.7%

 

Road traffic accidents

7.7%

 

Other

15.4%