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Health and Safety

We strive for a ‘zero harm’ culture, in which every employee takes personal responsibility for their own safety as well as that of their colleagues. We continually promote excellent safety behaviours to ensure all our people and contractors work in a safe environment. We invest heavily in safety training, and strive to meet the most stringent international health and safety standards.

Who is responsible

Who is responsible
Risk management

Each year, we identify and assess risks across the Group and create risk maps for all our working processes and locations. We then develop detailed programmes to help us reduce these risks. We follow a Shift Risk Assessment (SRA) model to raise employee awareness of workplace dangers, manage risks promptly, and control the accuracy of our risk assessments. We implement SRA most rigorously in hazardous operational areas, for example automobile transport, mines, and plant and power supply.

Workplace accidents

While we are encouraged that the overall number of fatalities has reduced by 1.5 times year-on-year, and that our LTIFR decreased by 14% compared to 2015, we will continue to dedicate significant resources and implement additional measures to do all we can to safeguard our employees from future injury.

Find historical and up-to-date information about workplace accidents in our press releases (updated quarterly):

Engagement and training

Training and engaging employees and contractors is essential to achieving our zero-harm goal.

Polymetal’s Human Resources Management System sets out our procedures for recruitment and assigning employees with specific skills, as well as for providing training. We clarify competence requirements for each relevant job description and heads of business units identify training needs. We provide training in occupational health, and industrial, electric and fire safety. We also provide refresher training and training for specific purposes for our employees and contractors.

To engage and motivate employees further, we run contests to improve safety, and we reward departments that achieve zero occurrences and incidents. We also publish our ‘safety barometer’ in our corporate newspaper, and on information desks and portals.

When selecting a contractor, we check track record of the potential partners and refuse working with those which have low safety performance or high risks. This procedure help us to screen contractors before working with them. We also require a safety system then compare it with Polymetal’s OHSMS and when working together we use the policy and system which has stricter rules and make safety compliance a part of any contract.