Industrial Safety and Occupational Health

Occupational Safety

Transneft Group sees the protection of human life and health, as well as safe working conditions, as its top priority. Transneft Group has implemented the occupational health management system conforming to the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 international standard. Compliance with this standard has been confirmed by an international body for management system certification.

The key principles of Transneft Group in the sphere of occupational health are:
  • Priority of employees’ life and health over the result of industrial activities
  • Personal responsibility of each employee for their own safety, the right of each employee to suspend the works and their duty to refuse to carry out the work which does not meet safety requirements
  • Involvement of all employees in the reduction of occupational injuries and diseases
  • Leading role of managers at all levels in ensuring safe working conditions
  • Transparency of significant information on occupational safety and health measures.
To comply with the above-mentioned principles, Transneft sets the following goals and objectives:
  • To ensure employees’ occupational health and safe working conditions when using buildings, structures and equipment, as well as proceeding with technological processes
  • To plan and carry out activities to provide employees with personal protective equipment meeting state-of-the-art standards of occupational health
  • To carry out special assessment of working conditions and assessment of occupational hazard levels
  • To provide employees with mandatory sanitary maintenance and healthcare to meet the occupational safety requirements; to conduct mandatory preliminary and periodic medical examinations of employees
  • To provide information on occupational safety and workplace environment, on the existing health risks and on measures of protection against harmful and hazardous workplace factors
  • To provide continuous training in safe methods and techniques of ensuring occupational safety and to regularly test employees’ knowledge of occupational safety requirements
  • To allocate organisational, material and financial resources to ensure functioning of the occupational health management system and implementation of occupational safety measures
  • To ensure personal responsibility of managers and employees for compliance with the occupational safety requirements.

Personnel Industrial Safety Training

There are 659 hazardous operating facilities of Transneft subsidiaries registered in the State Register; their operation requires special training and certification of the Company’s managers and specialists in the following areas:
  • Industrial safety fundamentals
  • Oil and petroleum products trunk pipeline facilities
  • Operation of gas distribution and consumption networks
  • Operation of hazardous operating facilities at crude oil and petroleum products depots
  • Industrial safety requirements for equipment under gauge pressure
  • Industrial safety requirements in operation of hoisting equipment
  • Industrial safety requirements in transportation of hazardous substances
  • Requirements for operating thermal power plants and heating networks.

Interaction in Emergencies

Transneft Group’s Emergency Prevention and Response System has been put in place and is functioning (hereinafter referred to as the Transneft Emergency System). The Transneft Emergency System is an integral part of the functional subsystem of the Russian Ministry of Energy’s unified state system of emergency prevention and response (USSEPR) in fuel and energy companies. It is meant to prevent and respond to emergencies, as well as to ensure fire safety at the facilities of Transneft Group.

In 2016, Transneft and EMERCOM (the Emergencies Ministry) of Russia entered into an Agreement that governs the procedure and forms of their interaction in certain areas, including organisation and maintaining of civil defense, prevention and response to oil and petroleum products spills, while accomplishing the tasks related to prediction of/response to man-caused emergencies at FES facilities of Transneft.

All Transneft subsidiaries constantly work on:
  • Improving the performance of the Transneft Emergency System’s coordinating bodies
  • Improving the interaction with day-to-day management bodies of functional and regional subsystems of the USSEPR and the instant readiness forces of the USSEPR, when they perform their emergency response tasks and tackle issues related to coordination of forces of the Transneft Emergency System in the event of various emergencies (accidents)
  • Improving the regulatory framework concerning the protection of Transneft Group’s employees and territories from natural and man-caused emergencies.
Transneft subsidiaries have established and certified 39 emergency rescue teams at central maintenance divisions (CMD), emergency line maintenance divisions (ELMD), emergency maintenance divisions (EMD) and specialised directorates for emergency prevention and response (SDEPR),including:
  • 16 professional emergency rescue teams (PERT)
  • 23 non-regular emergency rescue teams (NERTs).

These are the main forces of the Transneft Emergency System. The total number of rescuers in all teams stands at 2,944 employees.

To improve the practical skills of interaction between coordinating bodies in the Transneft Emergency System, Transneft Urals and Transneft Central Siberia held tabletop drills in 2018, with representatives of EMERCOM of Russia’s regional directorates participating in the event. Interaction Work Plans were also signed as part of the Cooperation Agreement between Transneft and Rostekhnadzor (the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision) in 2017 and 2018, stipulating joint effort for improving the safe operation of trunk pipeline transport facilities.