Occupational health and safety is the focal area of our social policy. In 2013, 32 mln USD was allocated to create a favourable working environment and secure occupational health and safety at our entities. This resulted in better working conditions at 827 work stations and lower accident and disease incidence rates. For example, in 2013 TMK plants saw a 26% reduction in the accident severity rate, a 19% reduction in the frequency rate and 19.6% reduction in occupational diseases vs 2012.
All major TMK plants are certified for compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Management System. Annual audits by leading global audit firms confirm the efficiency of the management systems currently run by the plants.
The following excellence in health and safety awards were given to TMK’s Russian plants in 2013:
- Sinarsky Pipe Plant ranked first and Seversky Tube Works ranked second in industrial standards and occupational health and safety in the Sverdlovsk Region.
- TAGMET was awarded a certificate of merit from the Occupational Safety Research Institute for the Metals Industry for contributing to the occupational safety management system.
In 2013, a number of TMK IPSCO facilities were commended for best industrial safety performance in the cities where they operate:
- Blytheville was recognised as best in class, having logged 2 million man hours without an accident;
- Catoosa recorded a more than 70% accident reduction combined with a 22% increase in workforce productivity;
- Geneva enjoyed seven years without reportable accidents;
- Houston Ultra saw a reduction in accidents by more than 70%;
- Koppel has been witnessing a decline in reportable accidents by more than 30% for three consecutive years.