Occupational health and safety (H&S) is an essential element of Polyus’ Sustainability strategy and we are constantly taking steps to improve our approach and performance.
Our Health, Safety and Environment policy is binding for both contractors and company staff.
A high standard of health, safety and environment (HSE) is one of Polyus’ basic selection criteria for contractors (see the Standard on relations with contractors in HSE). Polyus requires all of its contractors to adhere to the Company’s safety rules.
As the first Russian company to join the International Council on Mining and Metal (ICMM), Polyus made a commitment to follow ICMM Principle 5 — Pursue continual improvement in health and safety performance.
We are continuously evaluating and improving the safety levels at our facilities. The basis of our approach is controlling the key risk factors: exposure to equipment/machinery and hand tools; falling from a height; electric shocks; road accidents.
Polyus’ H&S management model is focused on preventing the re-occurrence of any near-miss incidents, accidents or other hazardous situations. All contingencies related to equipment performance or transgressive staff behaviour are thoroughly reviewed to ensure that the causes are fully identified and measures can be developed for further prevention.
Polyus is currently introducing an automated control system for HSE data and processes which will guarantee full transparency and information availability. Consistent monitoring and regular data analysis are fundamental to running an efficient HSE management system.
Polyus has developed a corporate Integrated HSE Management System, which is fully integrated into the business.
All of our mining assets are certified in accordance with OHSAS18001 and are regularly audited to validate their certification. By the end of 2018 Polyus aims to complete an audit of its H&S management system to verify its compliance with ISO 45001.