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Investing in Safety

Date of publication: 21 August 2019

Chernomortransneft systematically decreases risk of occupational injuries in the Company.

Current year has been declared the Year of Occupational Safety at Transneft subsidiaries. And Chernomortransneft —  an operator of oil trunk pipelines in southern Russia —  confirmed the compliance of its work organisation with the regulations of the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard for the third time since its introduction.

Annually, a competition among workers is held in the Company as part of the World Occupational Health Day.

Recommendations related to occupational health management system development and introduction are contained in the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard. They refer particularly to labour safety, but not to product or service safety and provide for improvement of the Company's business practices.  Thus, the introduction of the standard reduces manufacturing risk, ensures employees’ life and health preservation, provides the conditions which correspond to legislative requirements in the field of occupational health for workers, and improves the overall management of the Company.  Energy efficiency, industrial and environmental safety also increase.

Besides, Chernomortransneft has developed and now successfully implements the Programme of Measures to Improve the Organisation of Work in the Field of Occupational Health. Among the measures is the following: to provide special clothes, footwear and other personal protective equipment to the employees. For example, three thousand people involved in fire and gas hazardous operations are provided with gas monitors. The monitors indicate whether concentration of combustible gas in the air of the working area is excessive with colour and sound. 8.6 thousand pairs of sunglasses and transparent glasses, including those with corrective lenses, tailor-made for people with poor vision, were purchased for eye protection of technical staff.  This year, implementation of the programme will be continued.

 Replacing equipment as part of the said programme is also necessary for employee safety. Walkways were reconstructed, sites of equipment maintenance were outfitted with special floorings with enhanced coupling properties at 13 operating facilities. At two oil pumping stations and the Afipskaya operating facility of the Krasnodar Regional Oil Trunk Pipeline Directorate, footpaths with marking were made and road signs were installed. By 2021, similar activities will have been held at every operational facility of the Company in order to ensure pedestrians’ safety.

 In the first half of 2019 alone, more than RUB 32 million were allocated for occupational health measures at Chernomortransneft.  An innovative interactive training system, which helps to perceive information better, was introduced at the facilities. 700 employees of the Company are annually trained and retrained in specialised training centres. Personnel’s knowledge about safe methods of conducting operations and providing first aid to those injured in the course of work is constantly checked.

Chernomortransneft holds a competition as part of the World Occupational Health Day (28 April).  The employees who are best educated in the field of occupational health are selected. The competition also helps to increase knowledge in this area and draw attention to the problems of industrial injuries and their prevention.  Over 500 employees representing business units of Chernomortransneft take part in it.

In addition, targeted inspections are conducted at the Company's facilities every year. Sanitary and hygienic control of workplaces, as well as internal and external audits are conducted to identify potential hazards. The degree of provision of personal protective equipment is assessed.

Chernomortransneft has been recognised the best industrial Company in Krasnodar Territory in the field of occupational health, according to the results of the nationwide Success and Safety - 2018 contest, held by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.

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