Industrial safety

Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management

Creating a safe working environment, protecting the lives and health of employees, and ensuring the reliable operation of hazardous facilities are among Gazprom’s top priorities. The Company has adopted and put into effect the Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management.

The Integrated System aims to detect, minimize, and eliminate hazards and risks associated with labor practices, as well as to attain occupational and industrial safety objectives.

The main goals of the Integrated System are set forth in Gazprom’s Occupational and Industrial Safety Policy approved by the Company’s Order No. 235 dated July 29, 2009.

The basic document regulating the Integrated System is the corporate standard STO Gazprom 18000.1-001-2014 ‘Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management at Gazprom. Main Provisions.’

In 2014, the Integrated System was successfully tested for compliance with the OHSAS 18001 standard. The Integrated System is structured so as to include all employees of Gazprom.

Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, was appointed as the Company’s top management representative in charge of the Integrated System. The main body coordinating and monitoring the Integrated System is the Occupational and Industrial Safety Commission led by Gazprom’s top management representative. The System is managed in close cooperation with the Company’s trade union.

The Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management helps bring the occupational and industrial safety management procedures in line with applicable laws, science and technology developments, and industry practices. It also takes into account the geographic, operating and other conditions specific to each particular subsidiary of Gazprom, thus providing for sustained cooperation between the parent company and its subsidiaries.

Structure of Gazprom’s Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management

The Occupational and Industrial Safety Commission is appointed by Gazprom’s order.

The Commission’s main objectives are as follows:

  • to uphold Gazprom’s Occupational and Industrial Safety Policy;
  • to develop proposals concerning the implementation of the state policy for occupational and industrial safety within Gazprom;
  • to review occupational and industrial safety performance, as well as analyze the Integrated System’s efficiency;
  • to develop proposals for updating the Occupational and Industrial Safety Policy and the Integrated System;
  • to assess the efforts by Gazprom’s subsidiaries to create a safe working environment and ensure industrial safety.

The activities performed by Gazprom’s structural units and subsidiaries with the purpose of implementing and streamlining the Integrated System are coordinated by the Company’s structural unit in charge of occupational and industrial safety. Gazprom’s supervisory control bodies monitor compliance with occupational and industrial safety requirements at subsidiaries.

Public control over observance of occupational safety regulations is exercised by Gazprom’s trade unions and subsidiaries whose top executives ensure compliance with the Integrated System’s requirements in their respective subdivisions.

In 2014, five new STO Gazprom standards were drafted, approved and adopted. The new documents conform to the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard and outline the following:

  • the Integrated System’s structure;
  • obligations, duties and authority of employees with regard to occupational and industrial safety;
  • document development, registration, update, revocation and cancellation procedures;
  • development of goals and programs;
  • hazard identification and risk management procedures;
  • arrangement and conduct of audits.

Gazprom’s Occupational and Industrial Safety Policy applies evenly to the Company and its 112 subsidiaries.

Basic principles of the Integrated System

  • Planning
    • Gazprom’s Occupational and Industrial Safety Policy
  • Adoption and operation
    • structure, resources, obligations, duties, and authority;
    • competence, training, and awareness;
    • information exchange, participation, and consulting;
    • document management;
    • operation management;
    • emergency preparedness and response
  • Analysis by top management
    • annual report on the Integrated System’s operation
  • Review
    • monitoring and measurements;
    • compliance assessments;
    • investigation of accidents and non-compliances, implementation of corrective and preventive actions;
    • auditing of the Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management at Gazprom.

Integrated System in action

  1. Prioritizing lives and health of employees;
  2. Creating a safe working environment and fostering a corporate culture focused on industrial safety;
  3. Conducting evaluations of industrial safety at Gazprom;
  4. Reviewing results and identifying steps for further improvement.

Special review of working conditions (SRWC)

In order to identify the harmful and dangerous factors affecting human health in the workplace, Gazprom carries out special reviews of working conditions (SRWCs).

The reviews are conducted at every workplace across the Gazprom Group (including the Company’s headquarters and subsidiaries). Each review is followed by the classification of working conditions and the development and adoption of measures designed to improve the work environment for employees.

Declining share of workplaces in harmful and dangerous work environments across Gazprom, %

Safety culture

Industrial safety culture is defined as a level of qualification and psychological readiness under which industrial safety is perceived as a priority and an internal need by each employee and which fosters personal responsibility and self-control in all work activities.

OHSAS 18001 is an international standard for developing occupational health and safety management systems. Its main goal is to help companies of all types create an efficient occupational health and safety management system.

Gazprom was successfully certified under OHSAS 18001:2007 ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.’

The certification applies to Gazprom’s Administration and 42 subsidiaries specializing in production, treatment, transmission, processing, distribution and storage of natural gas, gas condensate and oil.

The total headcount of Gazprom and its subsidiaries certified under OHSAS is 272,000 employees.

With a view to expand the Integrated System’s reach, the Integration and Certification Schedule for the Occupational and Industrial Safety Management System at Gazprom was approved.

Key safety rules

For the purposes of implementing Gazprom’s Occupational and Industrial Safety Policy and streamlining the Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management, the Company developed the Regulation on the Application of Key Safety Rules at Gazprom.

The key safety rules are:

  • uniform behavioral requirements for Gazprom’s employees and the personnel of contracting companies; non-compliance with these requirements may result in accidents.

The key rules are aimed at:

  • improving safety for Gazprom’s employees and the personnel of contracting companies;
  • setting the uniform minimum requirements for safe behavior of Gazprom’s employees and the personnel of contracting companies;
  • preventing accidents involving the Company’s employees and the personnel of contracting companies;
  • informing Gazprom’s employees and the personnel of contracting companies of the zero tolerance policy toward the behavior that may result in accidents.