Process safety

Integrated System of Process Safety Management at Gazprom

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 Process Safety Management at Gazprom.

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

The main goals of the Integrated System are set forth in Gazprom’s Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy approved by the Company’s Order No. 797 dated November 28, 2017.

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.’

The structure of Gazprom’s Integrated System of Process Safety Management includes 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 Process 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 Process Safety Management not only helps bring the occupational, industrial and fire safety management procedures in line with applicable laws, science and technology developments, and industry practices, but 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 Process Safety Management

The Process Safety Commission is appointed by Gazprom’s order.

The Commission’s main objectives are as follows:

  • to uphold Gazprom’s Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy;
  • to develop proposals concerning the implementation of the state policy for occupational, industrial and fire 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 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, industrial and fire safety. Gazprom’s supervisory control bodies monitor compliance with occupational, industrial and fire safety requirements at subsidiaries.

Public control over the 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 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, industrial and fire 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 Integrated Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy applies evenly to the Company and its 87 subsidiaries.

Basic principles of the Integrated System

  • Planning
    • Gazprom’s Occupational, Industrial and Fire 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 Process 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 process safety;
  3. Conducting evaluations of process 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.

Decline in share of workplaces in harmful work environments across Gazprom, 2012–2018

Decline in share of workplaces in harmful work environments across Gazprom, 2012–2018

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 a 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.

In 2014, Gazprom’s Integrated System was successfully certified under OHSAS 18001:2007 ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.’ A recertification audit performed in 2017 verified the conformity of the System with the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.

In 2018, the Fire Safety System was incorporated into the Integrated System of Occupational and Industrial Safety Management, and the term ‘process safety management system’ was introduced, encompassing the occupational safety management system, the industrial safety management system, and the fire safety management system.

Currently, efforts are being made to implement the requirements of the international standard ISO 45001:2018 ‘Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.’

Key safety rules

For the purposes of implementing Gazprom’s Occupational, Industrial and Fire Safety Policy and streamlining the Integrated System of Process 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 which 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.