Health, safety & environment
Strategic goal. EVRAZ’ top priority is the health and safety of its employees. The Group’s strategic goal is to achieve and preserve LTIFR below a level of one by 2021.
Overview. Behaviour safety conversations, and developing and implementing standard safe work procedures are the two initiatives that have been consistently implemented across EVRAZ in 2016. Additionally, in 2016, EVRAZ assets started to implement their key risk localisation programmes, which will continue in 2017-2018.
Outlook. In 2017, EVRAZ will put extra focus on the quality of behaviour safety conversations, making sure issues raised during such conversations are duly addressed and changes are made to conditions and processes. EVRAZ will also continue its efforts to standardise all processes from both a safety and efficiency perspective. The 2017 annual target is to achieve LTIFR below 2.0x.
Despite the Group’s efforts, there were 6 fatalities (6 employees and 0 contractors) at its sites during the year, and the lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) reached 2.36, compared with 2.18 in 2015. One of the reasons for the increase in these statistics is the improved reporting through the implementation of an incident reporting system that the Group developed in-house and implemented in 2015. EVRAZ remains committed to the goal of reaching zero fatalities at its sites and will continue efforts to improve reporting transparency.