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Industrial Safety, Labor Safety and Environmental Protection - STRATEGY, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

Provision of the industrial safety, labor safety and the environmental protection (HSE) is a priority task for Rosneft in all areas of its activity. Being a leader of the Russian oil industry and one of the largest companies in the fuel and energy complex in the world, Rosneft is aware of the nature and extent of the influence of its business, and regards as its duty to maintain safe working conditions for employees and partners, to ensure trouble-free production and to minimize impact on the environment.

To achieve these goals, Rosneft conducts its activities in strict accordance with the requirements of the legislation of the Russian Federation, national legislations of the countries of presence and norms of the international law; developed and adopted the appropriate section as part of the ROSNEFT-2022 Strategy; introduced and successfully implements the Integrated Management System of the Industrial Safety, Labor Safety and Environmental Protection (IMS HSE) with its fundamental element - the Company HSE Policy.


In 2017, the Board of Directors of Rosneft approved the new Company Strategy “Rosneft-2022”, which established, inter alia, strategic goals, priority development areas, and performance indicators in the area of HSE.

The main strategic goal of Rosneft in the area of HSE is to enter the first quarter of the world oil and gas companies rating by the end of 2022 by comparable indicators in the area of industrial safety, labor safety and the environmental protection, including indicators of injuries with loss of working time (LTIF), indicators of major industrial safety incidents (PSER-1), specific indicators for greenhouse gas emissions.


Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As part of ROSNEFT-2022 Strategy in the area of HSE, the Company is committed to the UN goals in the area of sustainable development. At the same time, in accordance with the practice of the world oil and gas majors,   the Company has identified five priority goals, to the achievement of which it will contribute in the course of its core business, including those directly related to HSE: “Good health and well-being”, “Low-cost and clean energy”, “Fighting climate change”, “Partnership for sustainable development”. Tasks contributing to the achievement of the UN goals in the area of sustainable development are integrated into the current activities of the Company in the area of HSE. 


Guided by the goals of ROSNEFT-2022 Strategy and the tasks of ensuring trouble-free production activities, safe working conditions for the employees, environmental protection and preservation of health of the population living in the regions of the Company activities, Rosneft implements the adopted HSE Policy in its updated version, approved by the Senior Management of the Company at the end of 2018. This Policy is a fundamental document intended to express the Company's position in the area of HSE, including fire, transport, radiation, fountain safety, and integrity of production facilities.

Policy in the area of Industrial Safety,
Labor Safety and Environmental Protection 

The HSE policy and annually set goals are at the core of the HSE Integrated Management System (IMS HSE), implemented at the Company, combining resources and procedures for their implementation and achievement.

The main method of implementing the Policy and achieving the set goals in terms of safety and health is the use of all the tools of the IMS HSE, in particular, the compliance with the requirements of legislation in the area of IS and LA; risk management; identification and effective use of all available opportunities to further improve the results in this area.


Aim of the Company to ensure safety of the environment and society from risks in the area of industrial safety, the preservation of life and health of people working at the Company's facilities, the safety of the population living in the regions of its operation, dictates a necessity for effective systematic management of activities in the area of industrial safety, labor safety, and environmental protection, fire and blowout safety, integrity of production facilities, safe operation of the vehicles, accidents management, prevention and response to emergency situations, and so on based on the modern methods. This task is solved by the use of the Integrated Management System of Industrial Safety, Labor Safety and Environmental Protection (IMS HSE), which is a part of the general management system of the Company.

IMS HSE has been implemented and has been successfully operating in the Company since 2006. Its compliance with the requirements of international standards of ISO 14001 series "Environmental Management Systems. Requirements and Application Guidelines” and OHSAS 18001 “Occupational Health and Safety Management System. Requirements” is consistently confirmed during the certification, surveillance and re-certification audits conducted by the certification bodies of international level.

Certificate of Conformity
ISO 14001:2015

Certificate of Conformity
OHSAS 18001:2007

HSE IMS is a part of the Company's management system and represents a set of processes, procedures, rules, organizational structure and resources used to develop and implement its HSE policy and goals based on effective risk, opportunity management, compliance monitoring and continuous improvement of performance indicators in this area.

IMS HSE scope of application includes all types of activities performed in Rosneft and GCs which implemented this Standard. IMS HSE includes management systems for individual lines of business represented in the diagram.

Management Systems included in HSE Integrated Management System and their regulatory documents

HSE IMS requirements, including the requirements of the relevant legal acts of the Russian Federation and internal procedures (standards, regulations, instructions, etc.), are mandatory for all Company’s employees, contractors and subcontractors.

HSE IMS of the Company takes into account external and internal factors affecting its ability to achieve goals in the field of HSE (i.e. the so-called context or environment of the Company), the interests of stakeholders, and the main areas of activity in this area, indicated in the Strategy and in detail set forth as principles in the updated Company HSE Policy:



The risk management process in the area of HSE is the cornerstone of the IMS HSE of the Company, it is regulated by the revised version of the Regulation of the Company “Risk management in the area of industrial safety, labor safety and the environmental protection”, entered into force on 01.01.2019, is part of the overall risk management system of the Company and establishes a unified structured process of identifying hazards, assessing risks, planning and implementing measures for their management.

Risk management is carried out at several levels of administration - from the heads of structural units of the Group Companies to the top managers of Rosneft. The results obtained at a lower stage are inputs for making the necessary decisions at a higher level of management.

Company manages risks in the area of HSE, namely, the risks of:

  • accidents, incidents, fires and other incidents related to damage to operating production facilities and equipment, deviation from the established process parameters;
  • causing harm to the health of workers, contractors or visitors, as well as the population of adjacent territories;
  • environmental impact during the implementation of industrial and economic activities; the imposition of penalties and suspension of production facilities, as well as the deterioration of business reputation and a decrease in the level of trust on the part of stakeholders in case of non-compliance with applicable legal requirements in the area of HSE.

Based on the results of risk assessment and risk prioritization, measures are taken to help prevent various contingencies, and also provide readiness for a quick and effective response in case of their occurrence. The HSE risk management process is synchronized with the process of planning for the financial and economic activities of the Company to ensure financing of the established risk mitigation measures.


In order to increase the effectiveness and continuous improvement of the HSE IMS system, to further improve the performance in the area of HSE, the Company carries out production control, production environmental control on a systematic basis, conducts internal and external audits of the HSE IMS, analyzes their results and the results of the investigation of incidents, if inconsistencies with the established requirements and obligations are identified, their correction is implemented and corrective and preventive measures are taken; the best practices in the area of HSE are introduced ; the available possibilities are identified, internal documented information from the HSE IMS is updated (standards, regulations, instructions, etc.); top management analyzes functioning and effectiveness of the HSE IMS at the end of the year and makes decisions aimed at further improvement of the HSE IMS, change management is implemented.

The company supports modern trends in improving occupational health and safety management systems, environmental management, defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the form of new versions of international standards being developed by it. Thus, in 2017 - 2018, a set of measures was implemented to bring the IMS of the Company’s HSE into compliance with the requirements of the current version of the international standard ISO 14001: 2015 “Environmental Management System”, confirmed by the international certification body DQS as a result of a certification audit conducted in 2018.

The Company continues to develop HSE IMS, timely responding to changes both in the external environment and within the Company. For this purpose, for example, at the turn of 2018 - 2019, new versions of the fundamental documents of the HSE IMS were developed and put into effect: Leadership Standard in the area of HSE; Standard for HSE Integrated Management System; Regulations on Risk Management in the area of HSE; in 2018, in order to more effectively monitor the performance of the HSE IMS, a regulatory framework was formed and a pilot project was realized for implementation of the event classification and accounting procedures PSE (Process Safety Events), adopted in international practice. Comprehensive training of the Company's personnel was carried out for the full application of the criteria for accounting for PSE events with their subsequent analysis.

Rosneft continues to cooperate with partner companies in various areas of industrial and environmental safety with the aim of studying and applying the HSE IMS, provided that it is expedient and not inconsistent with the requirements of Russian legislation, the best international standards and practices in the area of labor safety and environmental protection management. With the participation of the Group Companies, joint targeted programs are being formed and implemented, outreach work is being carried out with the personnel of the Company and employees of contracting organizations in order to systematically develop safe behavior skills and increase the level of corporate culture in the area of HSE. 


The top level of management in HSE IMS of the Company is represented by the senior management of Rosneft in the person of the Chief Executive Officer and top managers by business and functional areas of activity. The operational management and coordination of activities in the area of HSE at the Company level is carried out under the leadership of the Vice President for Industrial Safety, Labor Safety and Environmental Protection, who is heading the HSE Functional Unit of Rosneft and at the same time is the representative of the senior management of HSE IMS.

At the level of the Group Companies, a periodic analysis of the performance of HSE IMS is carried out and decision-making on issues of its functioning and development is carried out by senior management in the person of the General Director of the Group Company, who appoints his representative for HSE IMS and gives him authority and responsibility for ensuring functioning of HSE IMS.

Discussion and decision-making on the most important issues of the Company’s activity in the area of HSE is carried out by the collegial management bodies formed at Rosneft: The Strategic Planning Committee under the Board of Directors of Rosneft, as well as the HSE Committee of Rosneft, established in 2017 with an aim of further improving the efficiency of activities in the area of HSE.

The HSE Committee reviews the HSE issues on a regular basis, including analytical materials, summary reports on the implementation of established indicators, and makes decisions to achieve strategic goals set by the Company. The HSE Committee includes top managers of key areas of the Company's activities. In addition to them, representatives of the Interregional Trade Union Organization of Rosneft on a regular basis participate in the meetings of the Committee. One of the important decisions of the Committee in 2018 was a high assessment of the positive contribution of labor protection commissioners from primary trade union organizations to improving the level of labor safety in the Group Companies and making a decision to intensify the use of this valuable resource for public control of the activities in the area of HSE.

The HSE Committee on a quarterly basis analyzes the results of the Company's activities in the area of HSE, including monitoring the achievement of strategic goals, and also considers projects and programs aimed at reducing risks in this area.

In the last reporting year of 2018, the HSE Committee held five meetings at which more than 60 decisions were made in key directions of the Company's development in the area of HSE, including in terms of action plans for priority areas of development in the area HSE as a part of the ROSNEFT-2022 Strategy and status of their implementation; increase the level of labor safety of contractors; consideration of the results of the investigation of major incidents; development of an emergency medical response system at the Company's production facilities; development of the Company's approaches to risk and integrity management; safety during air transportation in the Company.

Based on the analysis and evaluation of performance indicators in the area of HSE, top managers of Rosneft, members of the HSE Committee are developing a unified position on the implementation of the current HSE goals, establishment and monitoring of the Company's values related to safe employee behavior. In addition, based on the results of the Company’s activities in the field of HSE, a quarterly report is generated, which is then submitted to the Committee of the Board of Directors for Strategic Planning and the Board of Directors, whose members actively participate in the discussion of these issues, thus taking part in risk management in the area of HSE.

Considering the priority nature of the Company's activities in the field of HSE, Rosneft plans to further improve management in the area of industrial and environmental safety, ensuring a high level of effectiveness of management processes.


Rosneft is actively involved in improving the regulatory framework of the Russian Federation in the area of HSE. For example, in 2018, employees of Rosneft:

  • participated in the discussion of 75 draft regulatory acts in the area of industrial safety and labor safety received from public authorities and administrations, including relevant ministries, with a view to assessing their regulatory impact and establishing requirements: bills, draft resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation, draft orders of Rostekhnadzor, ministries. For most of these projects, the Company submitted its proposals; 
  • took an active part in 12 meetings to discuss IS and LS issues (including field visits, with the exchange of experience and visits to the facilities of major Russian oil and gas companies, with the participation of foreign companies), held by the Scientific and Technical Council of Rostekhnadzor (NTS Rostekhnadzor), the Industrial Safety Committee Union of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ISC RUIE), Council of the Federation Committee on Economic Policy.

In addition, the employees of Rosneft conduct joint activities with the NTS Rostekhnadzor, with the support of the ISC RUIE, to develop a federal law on industrial safety, making proposals to describe the regulation of relations arising from the following types of activities included in the draft law in the area of the IS management:

      1) design, construction, operation, reconstruction, overhaul, technical re-equipment, conservation and liquidation of hazardous production facilities;
      2) manufacturing, use, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair, modernization, replacement and decommissioning of technical devices used at the hazardous production facilities;
      3) manufacturing, use, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair, modernization, conservation and decommissioning of mobile technical devices;
      4) technical examination and technical diagnosis of technical devices used at hazardous production facilities, and mobile technical devices;
      5) industrial safety expert review;
      6) audit of the industrial safety management system;
      7) examination of the technical condition of buildings and structures of the hazardous production facilities;
      8) the use of explosive materials for industrial application;
      9) implementation of the surveying work;
      10) implementation of the welding works at the hazardous production facilities, during the repair and maintenance of mobile technical devices.