5.2.

Occupational safety and health protection

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The Company undertakes to ensure the priority of preserving the life and health of employees during the implementation of all kinds of activities.

An organized system of labour and health protection allows employees of the Company to feel protected, this increases their interest in work and the productive efficiency of enterprises.

5.2.1. Occupational Safety Management System

The fundamental document laying down the principles of occupational safety at the workplaces in PJSC RusHydro is the Occupational Safety Policy. In accordance with the document, the Company’s activities are aimed at creating of safe work places, as well as development of safe behaviour in industries and the skills to prevent dangerous situations. The company strives to reduce operational risks and the constantly improve the working conditions.

The main objectives of RusHydro Group in the field of occupational safety are as follows:

  • to preserve life and health of employees in the course of their employment;
  • to prevent occupational injuries and diseases;
  • to teach employees the fundamentals of safe behaviour at the workplace and develop their hazard prevention skills;
  • to constantly improve working conditions.

The Company’s Occupational Safety Policy is approved by the order of PJSC RusHydro No. 372 of 20.04.2015. The document defines the priorities and obligations of JSC RusHydro:

  • compliance with legislative and other normative legal acts of the Russian Federation in the field of occupational safety;
  • mandatory insurance of employees against industrial accidents and occupational diseases;
  • teaching employees the occupational safety rules and checking their knowledge of occupational safety requirements;
  • timely assessing of workplaces in terms of working conditions;
  • controlling the state of working conditions in the workplace;
  • providing employees with necessary personal protection equipment, serviceable tools and devices;
  • controlling the state of working conditions in the workplace;
  • implementing an incentive system that encourages employees to unconditionally observe occupational safety requirements;
  • identifying, assessing and mitigating risks in the field of occupational safety;
  • implementing and using advanced technologies that ensure safe working conditions in the workplace;
  • providing financial and logistical resources for the implementation of Group’s Occupational safety policy;
  • ensuring effective functioning and continuous improvement of occupational safety management system.

The responsibility of the Company’s management in the field of occupational safety and health is defined by the order of PJSC RusHydro No 1090 of 30.12.2016.

Distribution of responsibility for addressing issues related to work organization, occupational health and industrial safety

Member of the Board, First Deputy General Director — Chief Engineer

  • Management of activities to ensure occupational safety at RusHydro hydropower facilities
  • Organization and control of occupational safety measures implementation in the Company, including preventive activities to minimize production risks and preserve the health of employees

Industrial Safety and Occupational
Safety Department

  • Development, execution and control of measures to ensure occupational safety, health and industrial safety on the Company’s level

Services for occupational safety and production control of the branches and subsidiaries

  • Development, execution and control of measures to ensure occupational safety and health, and industrial safety directly in the Group’s branches and subsidiaries

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF RAO ES OF THE EAST

The operations of RAO ES of the East are connected with potentially hazardous industrial facilities; therefore, the Holding seeks to create a safe working environment for its employees and minimize the risk of accidents. In 2014, the Holding approved the Occupational Safety Policy by the minutes of the Management of PJSC RAO ES of the East meeting.

The main objectives of RAO ES of the East in the field of occupational safety are as follows:

  • achievement of unconditional fulfilment of the rules for the safe behaviour during all works and occupational safety at the Holding facilities;
  • raising the level professional development and training of employees;
  • technical re-equipment and replacement of old equipment with modern, cost-effective and safe one;
  • involvement of the Holding personnel in activities aimed at reducing occupational risks, improving the management system of occupational health and safety, labour protection and reducing industrial injuries.

Read more about the Occupational Safety Policy of RAO ES of the East at the website

From 2014, there functions an integrated management system (IMS) within the implementation of the Policy in the field of occupational health and safety in PJSC RAO ES of the East. In particular, it includes a professional health and safety management system in accordance with the requirements of the international standard OHSAS 18001: 2007 “Occupational health and safety management systems”. The introduction of the standard is aimed at reducing the level of injuries during the operation activities and increasing the overall level of the production culture.

In order to prevent occupational injuries, the Holding implemented the Working Conditions Improvement and Enhancement Program. Weeks of increased attention to the issues safety during the work in electrical installations are held on a quarterly basis. All subsidiaries have issued administrative and regulatory documents establishing personal responsibility of structural units’ heads at all levels to observe safety requirements by subordinate employees.

Coverage of occupational safety and health topics in formal agreements with trade unions

In all subsidiaries and branches of RusHydro Group, where the interests of employees are represented by trade union organizations, employers and trade unions have concluded collective agreements, which contain a mandatory section on occupational safety and health, and assurance of industrial safety of employees.

The collective agreement guarantees the provision of a one-time benefit to employees:

a) In case of the death of an employee in industry, payment is for each of his dependents in the amount of the annual earnings of the deceased

b) In case of the death of an employee from a common disease or a home accident, the family of the deceased (submitted a death certificate) gets a payment in the amount of 15,000 rubles

c) In case of employee disability categorization as a result of injury through the fault of the employer or occupational disease, the employee gets the benefits in size:

  • persons with the disability category I (the third extent of limitation of work capability) – 75 percent of annual earnings
  • persons with the disability category II (the second extent of limitation of work capability) – 50 percent of annual earnings
  • persons with the disability category III (the first extent of limitation of work capability) – 30 percent of annual earnings

WORKING CONDITIONS ASSESSMENT

The organization of a special assessment of working conditions is the responsibility of any employer. Assessment of working conditions and industrial control at the enterprise are the basis for realizing the right of every employee to safe work.

In 2016, RusHydro Group’s workplaces have undergone a special assessment of working conditions, taking into account the transitional provisions of Federal Law No. 426-FZ “On Special Assessment of Working Conditions” of 28.12.2013.

Based on the results of a special assessment of working conditions / workplace labour conditions compliance certification, the number of employees at workplaces with the working conditions Сlass 3 amounted to 1,853 in the branches and subsidiaries31 of PJSC RusHydro. (17.6 % lower than a year earlier).

Based on the results of a special assessment of working conditions in RAO ES Holding32, the number of employees working at workplaces that do not comply with occupational safety and health requirements, decreased by 22.3% and amounted to 20,287 people in the reporting period

There are no Class 4 hazardous workplaces (employees engaged in professional activity related to a high risk of injury or occupational diseases) at RusHydro Group.

Based on the results of the labour assessment conducted at enterprises, action plans were developed to improve working conditions in the workplace and reduce occupational risks. The plans are developed taking into account the requirements of the Order of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russia No. 181n “On approval of the standard list of measures implemented annually by the employer to improve labour conditions and safety and reduce occupational risks” of 01. 03.2012.

The number of employees working at workplaces that do not comply with occupational safety and health requirements, people

The number of employees working at workplaces that do not comply with occupational safety and health requirements

5.2.2. Occupational injuries and occupational diseases

OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES

In 2016, RusHydro Group experienced 22 accidents, three of them were fatal. In the reported year, there were two accidents in the branches and subsidiaries of PJSC RusHydro, excluding RAO ES of the East. In total, 46033 work days were lost due to work-related injuries in PJSC RusHydro and its branches and subsidiaries (excluding RAO ES of the East). The frequency rate of general injuries was 0,311.

RAO ES of the East experienced 20 accidents, three of them were fatal. In total, 1,50434 work days were lost due to work-related injuries. The frequency rate of general injuries was 0,458. In 2016, the total number of accidents in industries of RAO ES of the East increased by one relative to the year of 2015.

Workplace accidents

YearDisclosurePJSC RusHydro and subsidiaries (except for RAO ES of East)RAO ES of East
2014Number of injured, people822
Including fatal03
The frequency rate of general injuries0.3760.431
2015Number of injured, people519
Including fatal01
The frequency rate of general injuries0.2140.39
2016Number of injured, people220
Including fatal03
The frequency rate of general injuries0.3110.458

OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES

In 2016, there was revealed one case of occupational disease in PJSC RysHydro (in 2015 there were no cases of occupational diseases). The employee of the branch of PJSC “RusHydro” – “Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP” has an occupational disease connected with the liquidation of the accident that occurred at the power plant on August 17 of the year 2009.

There was revealed four cases of occupational diseases in RAO ES of the East.

Preventive measures are conducted to prevent cases of occupational diseases in RusHydro Group, they include providing personnel with effective personal protective equipment of hearing and breathing; compensation of expenses for additional medical examination, sanatorium treatment and sports activities; purchase of first-aid kits and medicines for the renovation of the drug set; conduction of training on the prevention of infectious diseases; protective vaccination of personnel; ensuring the drinking disciplines of workers; personnel vitaminization; provision of workers with detoxifying agents; provision of workers with harmful labour conditions with milk or equivalent products.

5.2.3. Occupational safety activities

In 2016, within the framework of occupational safety in RusHydro Group, the following activities were carried out.

MEASURES TO REDUCE INJURIES AND PREVENT ACCIDENTS

  • Strengthening of technical and technological supervision, industrial control in the field of labour protection for working brigades, including contracting organizations;
  • Health and safety briefing;
  • Inspections of workplaces;
  • Training and testing of knowledge on safety protection of workers;
  • Holding of the monthly Occupational Safety and Fire Safety Days;
  • Pre-trip and post-trip medical examinations of drivers.

MEASURES FOR THE PREVENTION OF DISEASES IN INDUSTRIES

  • Medical examinations of workers engaged in work with occupational hazards;
  • Control over the observance of sanitary rules and the implementation of sanitary and anti-epidemic measures;
  • Organization of employees visits of sports complexes and swimming pools;
  • Organization of health resort treatment of workers with compensation of expenses.

MEASURES TO IMPROVE WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Repair and equipping of industrial, office and welfare premises;
  • Usage of modern effective protection equipment of hearing organs;
  • Installation of vibro-noise isolated cabins in the main generator halls of HPPs for the operational personnel;
  • Reconstruction of water supply, heating, ventilation and lighting systems.

PROVISION OF EMPLOYEES WITH INDIVIDUAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • Provision of employees with protective overgarment, safety footwear, individual protective equipment and organization of their storage, care, repair and replacement.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY EXPENSES

Occupational safety is the most important condition for preserving the life and health of workers in the process of their labour activity. In 2016, occupational safety expenses of RusHydro Group amounted to 1.932 billion rubles.

WORK WITH PERSONNEL IN THE FIELD OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY

The requirements for work with personnel in the organizations of the electric energy industry are established in the Rules approved by Order No.49 of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of the Russian Federation of 19.02.2000. The work with personnel in RusHydro Group is carried out in accordance with the above-mentioned rules. The work with personnel in PJSC RusHydro is also conducted in accordance with the Procedure for Work with Personnel in PJSC RusHydro.

According to Russian law, the responsibility for training in the field of occupational safety rests with the employer. PJSC RusHydro do not keep any records in terms of the number of contractor and subcontractor employees that have undergone relevant health and safety training.

In 2016, the following activities were carried out in terms of the work with personnel in RusHydro Group:

  • First aid training of employees;
  • Introductory training for employees in new positions, with internship and training in the workplace;
  • Testing the employees’ knowledge in terms of labour protection rules, rules of technical operation, fire safety rules, industrial safety rules;
  • Emergency response exercise and fire training
  • Briefings on occupational safety for own personnel and personnel of contract organizations;
  • Special training of operation, maintenance and repair personnel;
  • Professional development of employees;
  • Inspections of personnel’s workplaces in order to identify violations and deviations from the requirements of existing rules, norms, instructions, standards;
  • Running the competitions on professional skill among the personnel;
  • Holding the Occupational Safety Days.

Occupational safety expenses of RusHydro Group, million rubles

Occupational safety expenses of RusHydro Group

In 2017, RusHydro Group plans to develop a draft policy in the field of occupational safety, taking into account the risk-oriented approach, as well as the documents of the occupational health and safety management system. Moreover, there will be carried out the centralization of procurement of personal protective equipment and automation of occupational safety specialists’ workplaces.

The structure of the occupational safety expenses, %

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2016 – The year of Occupational Safety in RusHydro

In RusHydro, the year of 2016 was announced as the “The Year of Occupational Safety”, which was an additional incentive for improving the work to ensure a high level of occupational safety for the personnel of RusHydro’s production facilities.

The main objectives of the activities are:

  1. Increasing the level of process safety
  2. Prevention of cases of the occupational injuries
  3. Prevention of cases of occupational diseases
  4. Development and improvement of the management system of the organization of occupational safety
  5. Maximum use of experience in the field of reduction and prevention of injuries;
  6. Prevention of injuries of contractors’ employees operating at the facilities of RusHydro Group;
  7. Prevention of injuries among the population in the area of responsibility of RusHydro Group.

Within the framework of “The Year of Occupational Safety”, RusHydro’s branches took part in the All-Russian contest of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation “Success and Security”. In total, more than a thousand organizations of the industrial sphere of the country took part in the competition. The best of RusHydro’s companies are: the cascade of Verkhnevolzhskiye HPPs (23rd place), the Cheboksarskaya HPP (the 25th place), the Votkinskaya HPP (32nd place).

Since 2016, RusHydro Group has put into a regular practice the holding of the “Occupational Safety and Fire Safety Day” at its enterprises. Leaders and specialists of the occupational safety of contractors are invited to participate in the event. The “Occupational Safety and Fire Safety Day” held once a quarter.