Annual Report 2019

Responsibility to employees


Metalloinvest annually invests in the occupational health and safety of its employees. The Company’s OHS expenditures have been at a constantly high level for many years. Total investment during 2019 exceeded 1.5 million roubles. Over the past six years, Metalloinvest has spent nearly 8 billion roubles to ensure safe working environment and protect its employees’ health.

OHS expenditures, 2014–2019,


The Company plans to implement a series of initiatives in focus areas.

Development of a management systemFurther centralisation of HSE management.

Further development of the OHS and Environmental Protection Automated Management System.
Improvement of the regulatory framework on OHS managementTo introduce:
  • The revised Health, Safety and Environment Policy;
  • A single document applying to all Metalloinvest enterprises guiding the contractor OHS management;
  • Methods for establishing and calculating the indicators related to occupational injuries in accordance with the World Steel Association recommendations.
IT and communicationsDevelopment and implementation of an employee’s user account, including information on the OHS indicators.

Publishing all corporate health and safety documents on the Company’s website.
Transport and industrial safetyEquipping railroad and motor vehicles with collision avoidance system.

Commissioning the motor vehicle control system.

Implementation of a pilot project to launch the LOCKOUT/TAGOUT for a controlled and safe shutdown of industrial equipment.
OHS innovationsSoftware development based on machine vision technology.
Fostering a safety culture and conducting relevant trainingImplementation of the Daily Testing System project (testing employees on OHS before the beginning of the work shift).

Conducting behavioural safety audits at all enterprises of the Company.

Setting up training areas “Working at heights” at the Company’s enterprises.
Health protectionPerformance improvement in healthcare institutions.
Fatal accidents FA (employees) and LTIFR (employees and contractors) dynamics 1 , 2015–2019 2
1LTIFR per 1 million hours worked. The 2019 LTIFR calculation excludes injuries sustained during sports events (3 minor injuries). According to the WSA, these cases are not occupational injuries.
2 LGOK, MGOK, Ural Steel, OEMK, Metalloinvest, and Ural Scrap Company were included in the calculation.
3 In 2018, within the Company’s policy of information transparency, household injuries that showed signs of a connection with the production were identified and investigated. In this regard, the injury rate LTIFR for 2018 was revised and amounted to 0.72.


About 80% employees work in a harmful and dangerous environment, therefore it is essential that activities aimed at preserving and improving their health, as well as at extending their career longevity are among top priorities of the Company’s social policy.

Over 43 thousand people

work at the main manufacturing enterprises of Metalloinvest


The Company’s healthcare system comprises a set of activities intended to provide employees with timely healthcare services of high quality, including the prevention of diseases and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

The healthcare system is based on the corporate voluntary medical insurance scheme enabling employees to receive additional healthcare services at no cost and to obtain medical aid of higher quality.

Metalloinvest ensures the provision of healthcare services to its employees at outpatient healthcare facilities, healthcare centres and resorts that are successfully developing and maintaining a high level of medical aid for Company employee.

Top-priority activities pursued by the Company in order to preserve and improve physical and mental health of each employee include:
  • elaboration and implementation of the Company’s regulations to arrange medical aid at production facilities based on Russian health protection laws and international standards;
  • arrangements related to performance of timely employee health check-ups, treatment at the Company’s healthcare facilities and, where required, at major specialised healthcare centres in Russia and foreign hospitals;
  • monitoring labour conditions and health of employees to assess professional risks of damage;
  • accounting and analysis of the occupational illness rate, causes of disability and fatalities across Metalloinvest entities;
  • following the results of regular health check-ups and illness rate analysis – setting up long-term and annual programmes to prevent overall and occupational diseases and to improve employee health, including vaccination and health resort treatment;
  • activities to promote healthy lifestyles.


In order to improve the quality of shift-based health check-ups and the operation of the control and human factor risk management system, Metalloinvest implemented a major project to introduce the automated health check-up system for employees (AHCS) in 2019.

  • The key АHCS advantages include:
  • automatic check-up of the arterial tension, heart rate, breath for alcohol and body temperature;
  • assistance to healthcare professionals in making an unbiased and correct decision regarding admission to work with allowances for existing hazardous functional physical conditions of employees that may lead to critical errors in their work;
  • potential reduction of the illness rate and labour losses due to early detection of transition (borderline) states, indicators of the occurrence (aggravation) of diseases requiring any drug-induced correction and the option of exercising dynamic control over employees’ health;
  • compliance with laws, re-engineering of human factor risk management and transformation of any uncertainties into a risk-controlled situation. Any safety-related case conditioned upon the human factor and health hazards becomes transparent and manageable.


In general, the structure of occupational diseases has not changed. In 2019, the occupational illness rate was 14.7 cases per 10,000 employees. The key production factors giving rise to the progression of occupational diseases are dust of various content, noise and vibration. High dust concentrations and a lengthy contact therewith result in the development of the most severe forms of pulmonary pathologies, such as pneumoconiosis, silicosis and hypersensitive pneumonitis. The effects of high levels of noise and vibration lead to the progression of occupational deafness and hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

Since 2018, the Company has been implementing an integrated programme to reduce occupational diseases among employees. The programme is based on the system of timely detection of employees having early indicators of occupational diseases, development and implementation of the required prevention complex that covers outpatient treatment, including in the form of daypatient treatment, health resort treatment and vaccination. In 2019, timely prevention activities contributed to improving health indicators and reducing the risk of occupational diseases among 28% employees from the selected group.

Number of diseases caused by industrial factors, 2019 1
Occupational diseases, 2019