Health and Safety

PhosAgro's health and safety initiatives are carefully monitored from operational management up to the Board of Directors. Safe work places and a healthy workforce help to ensure the stability and sustainability of our operations and protect us from risks.

Safe workplaces Key Elements
of our Health
and Safety
Healthy workforce
Minimise healt h and safety risks to our workforce Support the healt h and wellbeing of our workforce
  • Regular workplace risk assessment
  • Annual safety seminars
  • Training for new employees
  • Regular monitoring of condition of production equipment
  • Voluntary medical insurance programmes
  • Medical facilities and staff at production subsidiaries
  • Annual medical check-ups and vaccinations
  • Resort facilities for employee and their families
  • Gym, sports and cultural facilities

We work to improve health and safety levels across our operations on an ongoing basis. PhosAgro adheres to the Russian industry safety standards that are applicable to its operations, and has developed and introduced a number of internal policies in the areas of health and safety, with the primary objective of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities to the lowest possible level. These efforts have yielded positive results, with the overall number of injuries and fatalities steadily declining over the past five years, and no fatalities in 2012.

We believe that the decline in overall injuries and fatalities is mainly a result of stricter control over compliance with the prescribed rules and regulations in the workplace, as well as tougher measures against those who breach the rules.

Injuries and fatalities due to workplace accidents
  Minor injury Serious injury Fatal incident
2008 44 5 14
2009 39 5 4
2010 44 3 5
2011 36 9 2
2012 31 8 -
In the five years between 2008 and 2012 total injuries and fatal incidents declined by 38%

Health and Safety Initiatives

As we strive to improve the health and safety of the working environment at each of PhosAgro's mining and production sites and facilities, regular workplace risk assessments are undertaken and appropriate safety measures are implemented. We educate our employees regarding these risks with annual occupational safety workshops, and we try to ensure that they have adequate knowledge of workplace safety procedures before they are permitted to work on a site or in a facility.

Apatit and PhosAgro-Cherepovets have safety policies supported by regulations and standing instructions, which apply to all operations and job categories. Each of PhosAgro's facilities has health and safety programmes for operational and technical issues, which are updated and re-issued at the end of each year. Each has a representative who coordinates the safety inspection and investigation teams that compile shift reports on all aspects of health and safety.

PhosAgro obtained an integrated quality, environmental, health and safety management system OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate for PhosAgro-Cherepovets in 2012.