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Transneft Druzhba: Caring for Employees

Date of publication: 30 October 2019

Transneft Druzhba, with its executive office located in the city of Bryansk, operates 38 oil and petroleum products pumping stations, as well as 7,800 km of pipelines running across 11 regions of Russia.

The Company has thousands of employees on its payroll. Druzhba does everything to ensure safe and comfortable working conditions. Specialists of the Unecha line operation dispatcher station, the largest unit of the Bryansk branch, have elaborated on how occupational health requirements are met at the Company.

Year of Occupational Safety

The Unecha LODS is often referred to as the crossroads of oil routes. Black gold is transported from here to Belarus, to Western Europe, as well as to the Ust-Luga port over the Baltic Pipeline System-2. The work of the 200 employees is intense, responsible and... safe.

It is no coincidence that 2019 has been announced the Year of Occupational Safety in Transneft: life and health of the workers have always been the Company’s top priority.

“Safety is one of the main areas in our Company’s effort,” says Nikolay Klimov, Head of the Occupational Health Section at Transneft Druzhba. “We keep improving our system of occupational safety measures. Thus, within the Year of Occupational Safety we are improving the safety measures for our employees working at height — for example, at petroleum products truck loading racks which are equipped with fall arrestors and other safety systems. Work is underway to designate safe pedestrian paths for employees and to set up warning, mandatory and prohibitive signs. We are already through with these measures at the Unecha LODS and plan to complete them at our other operating facilities next year.”

Comfort and Safety

Commodity loading operators set out for a tank: oil sampling is always performed by two employees. The tools are carried in a special bag over the shoulder so that their hands might be free when they go up and down the tank ladder. Their overalls are made of flame-retardant fabric; the soles of their shoes are resistant to oil and petrol. The gas analyser is on, and the gas masks are all ready. When it comes to occupational health, there are no small details, they say at Druzhba.

The procedure is also clearly specified. The operator comes up to the gauge hatch from upwind, with their sampling tool grounded. And the withdrawal of samples is possible not sooner than two hours after oil injecting into tanks is stopped.

The rules stipulate that one has to wear a hard hat and overalls to work at the station. OHSE specialists keep a watchful eye over personnel being provided with overalls and special shoes, as well as with modern personal protective gear.

Communication with Employees

Transneft Druzhba constantly organises and monitors both theoretical and hands-on personnel training, making sure all employees follow the occupational health principles in their work. No worker is allowed to handle equipment without prior special training. First, they must pass an exam testing their occupational safety knowledge and first aid skills. “Reminders” await a welder or fitter even at the working place.

“Info posters, maps and plans are set up in every room,” says Sergey Privalov, Head of the Unecha LODS. “If workers hold to prescriptions and follow the management’s instructions, operations turn out smooth and emergency-free. And that’s exactly what Transneft Druzhba’s operations are.”

“Each workplace is to pass dedicated working conditions assessment and to get a sanitary passport,” Mr. Klimov explains. “They are checked not only by our employees, but also by independent auditors. As per the expert conclusion, all workplaces are safe at Transneft Druzhba. We also value our personnel’s comfort. There are special dining, lounge and dressing rooms, as well as shower cabins, at every operating facility.

“There is a ‘trust box’ at the Unecha where our specialists may drop their wishes and comments on the organisation of operations at the LODS,” says Head of the station. “It has been empty in the recent two years, though. This is the most important assessment of our effort.”

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