Employee health and safety is SUEK’s absolute priority. LTIFR and absence of group fatal accidents, are KPI’s and the top management’s bonus modifiers.
SUEK’s system for managing health and safety across the company is regulated by our internal Occupational Health and Safety Policy and aims to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents at our production plants. It complies with advanced international standards, including OHSAS 18001:2007 occupational health and safety requirements, Bettercoal global responsible coal supply chain and Vision Zero safety project.
Our coal-mining companies in Kuzbass, Krasnoyarsk and Khakassia undergo regular external audits for compliance with the requirements of OHSAS 18001. In 2019, SUEK began certification according to the new ISO 45001 standard.
Our internal standards apply to both company personnel and contractors involved in work at SUEK’s units.
The Industrial Safety Committee of SUEK’s Management Board chaired by the CEO is the major body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Group's health and safety policy. The Committee’s ability to successfully address safety issues relies on setting strategic objectives, goals and areas of focus, and addressing material issues in industrial safety, labour safety and the environment.
We actively promote industrial safety culture in our coal and energy enterprises and adhere to the principles of zero tolerance to injuries and accidents.
The main risks in our production are associated with potentially explosive concentrations of methane, and accumulation of fine, explosive coal dust deposits in working areas, location of large equipment in open-pits, mines, ports and power facilities, possibility of generating a potentially explosive pulverised coal mixture in coal pulverisation units of TPP boilers, depressurisation of equipment operating under significant overpressure of the heat carrier. The company has detailed risk action plans and developed plans in case of emergency situations.
In 2018, the company’s industrial safety was also assessed as part of its Bettercoal audit (read more in the Annual Report ).
In 2018, SUEK also joined the Vision Zero (zero injury) campaign launched by the International Social Security Association.