HSE management and reporting system

Governance and approach

EVRAZ places a top priority on continuously improving its health, safety and environment (HSE) management throughout its operations. This includes implementing process upgrades and introducing tiered management and control systems.

HSE management touches all levels of EVRAZ’ business, from strategic decision making to day-to-day operations. Since the HSE Committee’s inception in 2010, the Board of Directors has delegated to it responsibility for monitoring all HSE strategies, policies, initiatives and activities. The Group adopted its Health, Safety and Environment Policy in March 2011 and updated it in March 2016 to add a fourth organisation-wide cardinal safety rule.

Executive-level HSE matters fall under the remit of the HSE Committee, which has also delegated authority to a vice president responsible for coordinating HSE issues. Every entity in the Group has its own HSE function, which reports to operational management with the oversight of the vice president of HSE. All plant managers are responsible for HSE compliance.

EVRAZ is an active partner in local and international industry organisations, including the World Steel Association’s Environmental Policy (EPCO), Technology Policy (TPCO) and Safety and Health (SHCO) committees, as well as the HSE committees of Russian Steel, a Russia-based non-commercial partnership, and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

HSE system

EVRAZ’ main steel mills have been certified under the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

The primary functions of the HSE system include identifying potential environmental pollutants and risks to employees’ health and safety through the entire production cycle, from purchasing raw materials to selling finished products. This also includes planning, distributing resources, collecting, analysing and submitting information, and reflecting emerging trends in indicators.

EVRAZ operates a continuous-cycle HSE management process with the following phases:

  • forecast and assess primary HSE risks;
  • develop and implement HSE initiatives;
  • monitor, review, and investigate incidents;
  • analyse performance, correct and set new strategic HSE goals.

For each HSE KPI, EVRAZ sets primary metrics that are then continuously monitored to improve the system using prompt analysis and adjustments as necessary.

HSE corporate management structure

HSE reporting system

The Group relies on its HSE reporting system to collect and share appropriate data throughout the organisation with an aim to continuously improve the process. The corporate HSE functions monitor subsidiaries using monthly, quarterly and annual HSE performance reporting.

The internal audit function regularly assesses EVRAZ’ compliance with HSE policies, which is supplemented by external monitoring by government agencies. The Group conducts a detailed analysis of any recommendations resulting from the inspections to ensure that remedial actions can be taken, where needed. All EVRAZ facilities review lessons learnt to improve their own processes.

Universal incident reporting rules are used throughout the organisation, beginning with recording all injuries and incidents entailing lost time and/or fatalities, and immediately issuing a ‘flash report’ to all relevant management. The HSE function then conducts standard ‘lean’ format investigations and promptly disseminates lessons learnt to concerned parties. The HSE Management Committee reviews every case involving a fatality, severe injury or serious incident and follows up to ensure that all remedial action has been implemented in full.

EVRAZ distributes monthly HSE reports to all personnel containing data on any injuries and incidents that have occurred in the past month, as well as updated HSE KPI metrics on the lost-time injury frequency rate, fatalities and cardinal rule violations.