We understand that we can only ensure the safety of our employees by using a comprehensive approach that covers all areas of their activities and appeals to their understanding of the importance of measures taken by us and to their active cooperation.

In 2012, Uralkali adopted a Health, Safety and Environment Policy, which demonstrated the Company’s belief that health, safety and the environment are key priorities that should be taken into account in all its actions and decisions, regardless of the line of work to which they relate

2017 Key achievements:

Occupational Safety

In 2017, the construction of special sites for storage of waste metal started at Berezniki-2, Berezniki-3, and Solikamsk-3; all works are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The following vehicles were purchased: Kurier T3744 — for transporting explosive materials in mines, and Krot-T32204 — for transporting people in mines.

64 employees attended a special assessment of workplace conditions (SAWC) training. Identification and measurement of harmful industrial factors was carried out at 2,271 work places of the surface complex and the administrative subdivisions in the framework of the SAWC; the results of preliminary assessment were presented to the commission.

To increase the quality of procured personal protective equipment (PPE), we’ve updated the relevant descriptions in our technical specification. We continue testing our best samples in operational conditions (including subsurface ones), based on monitoring of Russian manufacturers experience in producing the PPE.

Industrial safety

In 2017, company continued work to develop and improve industrial control over compliance with industrial safety requirements at hazardous production facilities of Uralkali.

Fire safety, civil defence and emergencies

All facilities were declared to have met fire safety standards.

In 2014, no fire or emergency situations were registered at the Company’s facilities. The number of fire outbreaks decreased by 37%

All 1,600 existing fire alarm and fire extinguishing systems and installations for the underground and surface complexes, as well as warning systems for civil defence and emergencies, were serviced

The outdated detectors in firefighting systems were replaced with more advanced ones, which significantly reduced the number of false responses and mine conveyor downtime in 2014

The certification of existing systems for monitoring and control of engineering systems of buildings and structures (ESM) continues

The Company carried out work to prepare units for preventing and mitigating the consequences of oil spills at the Company’s facilities that handle oil products

Comprehensive exercises were conducted to prepare employees for natural and man-made emergency situations and civil defence warning signals

An inventory of civil defence structures, which included technical condition reports, was carried out and measures to improve their protective properties were adopted. In 2014, a civil defence structure at Solikamsk-3 was named the best in the Perm region by a review competition


No emergencies took place at the Company’s sites related to fire safety in 2017. The number of fires at the surface complex reduced from 10 in 2016 to 9 in 2017.

The measures related to bringing the Company’s sites to the fire safe state implemented in 2016–2017, in line with measures proposed by an independent fire safety auditor, helped us to pass the fire safety and civil defence regular assessment of the Department of Supervisory and Preventive Activities of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies in the Perm Region. During testing, no shutdowns of facilities and equipment occurred; the Company received conclusion on minimal risks which is based on the assessment results.

Uralkali performed regular and preventive maintenance on more than 1,100 systems and units of the automated fire alarm, firefighting, alarm, and people evacuation control systems for ensuring fire safety of surface complex facilities. We continue our work on identification of fire alarm systems and automated fire fighting units at all the Company’s facilities, as well as exercise the interaction when transmitting signals to emergency rescue services on duty.

To improve fire protection of the Company’s employees and property, the phased introduction of twenty-four-hour monitoring of our fire alarm systems and automated fire ighting units was started in 2017. It will allow us to respond quickly to possible operational incidents and failures of such systems via the monitoring centre.

85 R-30E respirators for work in gas polluted and unsuitable for normal breathing environment and 9 reels of special mine rescue communication were purchased in 2017 in the context of technical re-equipment and upgrade of professional emergency rescue crew subdivisions, which provide the mine rescue service and fire guard for the Company’s facilities.

We carried out the work on adjustment of safety certificates for Solikamsk-1, Solikamsk-2, and Solikamsk-3 facilities, as well as storage facilities at the Solikamsk site. Plans for elimination of petroleum product spill at the Company’s oil and lubricant storage facilities in Berezniki and Solikamsk were developed and approved by the Russian Ministry of Emergencies.

Uralkali conducted in full the scheduled trainings, team-staff exercises, and exercise of personnel activity in case of potential natural or man-induced emergency, fire, and activity upon civil defence signals.

The Company continued to maintain its civil defence structures in state of readiness, adopted and scheduled necessary measures for improving their protective properties. Based on the results of a local review competition in 2017, the Company’s civil defence structure at Solikamsk-2, designed for over 600 people, was awarded with the third place among similar structures of the Perm Region.

In 2017, Uralkali performed preparation activities for a children recreation camp Ural Gems in order to provide safe rest of children of the Company’s employees for a period of 2017 summer recreational campaign. To certify training activity of Uralkali’s Corporate University, the compliance with the fire safety requirements of its premises was ensured.

Training and instructions

Making employees aware of the latest health and safety requirements and developing a culture of compliance play a key role in ensuring workplace safety. Before starting work at Uralkali’s production facilities, the Company’s employees receive workplace training. Ensuring workplace safety and monitoring employee compliance with safety requirements are part of the responsibilities of all foremen and supervisors.

Training and certification in 2017:

  • In the field of industrial safety — 4,204 employees
  • In the field of occupational safety — 1,241 employees
  • In the field of emergency situations and civil defence — over 8,800 employees
  • In the field of fire safety — 2,768 employees
Health and safety requirements for contractors

When it comes to health and safety, Uralkali makes no distinction between its own employees and contractor personnel.

The Company checks all potential contractors to ensure that they have all necessary health and safety permits and that their employees receive health and safety training and certification. Agreements with contractors expressly specify that their employees must comply with their safety requirements and Uralkali’s safety standards. Contractor personnel must receive health and safety induction training and Uralkali’s officers carry out regular health and safety inspections and checks during contract periods.

Uralkali’s contractors also have to comply with the Cardinal Rules: if they break any of them, they are taken off their assignment and banned from Uralkali’s facilities for a year.