Norilsk Nickel is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” and Goals 8 “Decent Work And Economic Growth”.
Zero work-related fatalities — zero-tolerance policy on work-related fatalities;
Absence of catastrophic accidents at production — prevention of accidents at the Company’s production facilities with a negative impact on residents of the regions of presence and production performance;
Ensuring safe working conditions — minimizing the risks related to Nornickel operations.
In 2022, the Company revised the main strategic objectives in terms of industrial safety and labor protection for 2023-2025. The focus is on zero work-related fatalities and industry average injury rate.
Key Performance Indicators:
Implementation of the injury reduction initiative plan. FIFR reduction by 20% or more from the level of the previous year.
Implementation of measures to prevent injuries and the absence of fatal accidents.
H&S program approach
Main personnel protection measures –
Nornickel has corporate health and safety standards that apply to both the Group’s employees and contractors’ at the Group’s production sites. The Company and its key subsidiaries have joint health and safety committees made up of management, employee and trade union representatives. Nornickel developed special standards for contractors as part of its selection process, which were implemented in 2018 to better monitor and promote contractor safety. In 2022, Nornickel continued to pursue its Health and Safety Strategy, covering the period until 2025. The Group’s production units are regularly audited for compliance with applicable health and safety regulations.
The company carries out the following initiatives and programs aimed at continuous improvement of health and safety:
Accident rate reduction programmes (the Technology Breakthrough and etc)
Industrial safety compliance
Prevention of occupational diseases
Elements of the health and safety monitoring system:
Second-party health and safety management system audits
Safety behaviour audits
Targeted and comprehensive inspections
As at the end of 2022, 44% of the Group companies were certified according to the international environmental standard ISO 14001:2015.
Responsibility and accountability
The Audit Committee deals with industrial safety matters. The Committee reviews management reports on industrial safety performance every quarter, with management participating in the Committee’s meetings providing detailed account of causes of accidents, measures taken to prevent similar accidents in the future and disciplinary actions taken against the employees at fault. The Company’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee, led by the Senior Vice President — Operational Director, is focused on improving performance and accountability in health and safety.
Remuneration payable to all heads of production units is linked to their industrial safety performance. They are personally responsible for the life and health of each of their subordinates. In addition, team KPIs for all employees include injury rate reduction across the Group enterprises (30% of the team KPIs). Industrial safety metrics weigh between 12% and 28% in individual KPIs of production site managers. Failure to prevent a fatality blocks performance bonuses.
Technical, production, or natural hazards which, once present, could have a negative impact on production and cause equipment breakdown or reimbursable damage to third parties and the environment
To manage and mitigate risks the Company:
Ensures proper and safe operation of its assets in line with the requirements of technical operating procedure, as well as technical rules and regulations as prescribed by local laws across Nornickel’s geographic footprint
Replaces its fixed assets in a timely manner to achieve production safety targets
Implements automated systems to control equipment process flows, uses state-of-the art engineering controls
Trains and educates its employees both locally, on site, and centrally, through its corporate training centers
Has developed a technical and production risk management system, including by engaging independent experts to assess the system’s performance and data
Please find more information in our AR 2021
Prevention of occupational diseases
The Company promotes disease prevention and healthy lifestyle among its staff to minimise the risk of occupational diseases, with management focused on communicating to all employees the importance of complying with occupational safety requirements and protecting one’s own health. The Company offers its staff regular disease prevention screening in line with recommendations from the healthcare authorities. Employees undergo mandatory pre-employment, regular and ad-hoc medical examinations at the Company’s expense. Special medical examinations at occupational pathology centres are provided to employees exposed to hazardous substances. Production enterprises have dedicated medical aid posts to perform pre-shift health checks and provide medical assistance on request during working hours.