Occupational health and safety
In accordance with the Policy on occupational health, safety and environment, our main aim is to reduce injuries and accidents at work to ensure the safety of employees, eliminate health damage, reduce negative impact of our activities on the environment and improve the image and reputation of KMG. We continue to improve the safety culture, increase the commitment of top management to the matters of safety and health, expand the rights and capabilities of our employees (granting them the right to stop works that in their opinion are being performed in an unsafe manner), and analyze the root causes of accidents.
Over the past three years the management of KMG has been resolutely promoting and advocating the following principles:
- Priority of the value of life and human health over the results of production activities;
- Involvement and training of managers at all levels on HSE matters;
- Personal responsibility of employees for compliance with safety requirements;
- Creating a positive safety culture to prevent accidents and incidents;
- Effective communication between all stakeholders;
- Safe performance of works and correction of unsafe behavior.
We have achieved positive changes in our Corporate culture of occupational safety and health and have raised the level of transparency in reporting by more than 300%.The next step in promoting transparency will be the membership of KMG in IOGP, which would also allow the exchange of knowledge and information.
Incidents prevention and accidents investigation, based on the analysis of root causes, training and dissemination of information on lessons learned within the group of companies, had a beneficial effect on reducing the LTIR.
We continue to conduct benchmarking with similar companies in the oil and gas sector (International Organization of Oil and Gas Producers, IOGP), to identify areas for improvement in the matters of occupational health and safety and to reduce the level of accidents and industrial incidents
To increase the safety culture and reduce the injuries level in production, the following work has been done:
- All vehicles of the Group are equipped with safety seat belts;
- A Program "Behavioral Safety Surveillance" was developed;
- Corporate documents were developed:
- Road map for 2016-2020, containing strategic initiatives in the field of HSE;
- Rules of behavioral safety surveillance;
- Audits were conducted in subsidiary companies with the highest level of injuries;
- On-site presentations were held for the purpose of training: for employees - risk analysis at work, and for managers - new safety programs, the importance of their involvement in the safety processes;
- A large-scale survey on safety culture was conducted to monitor changes in the safety culture;
- A collection of topics on meetings for the matters of safety and labor protection was developed and cascaded in order to better conduct safety briefings by line workers;
- Annual Forum of General Directors in the field of safety and labor protection was held on the topic: "Improving the safety culture"
- The Academy of safety leadership for HSE was established;
- Annual contest of the Chairman of the Management Board of KMG "Best innovative ideas and practices in the field of occupational health, safety and environment protection of NC KazMunayGas JSC group of companies" was held
Our common goal in the field of HSE is to get into the top quartile in terms of labor protection indicators in comparison with IOGP member companies with a similar number of staff by 2020.
Taken by KazMunayGas Group to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (COVID), the KMG Group has accumulated helpful experience in fighting COVID and, most importantly, has not stopped the operations throughout the period.
In order to reduce the rate of disease, minimise the spread of COVID and its impact on operations, the company had to adapt to work in the new circumstances and took a set of extensive measures, including the following:
- KMG’s Crisis Management Team and emergency response centres in SDEs work effectively and constantly interact with local executive authorities and authorised public services, monitor and follow up on the situation and the spread of COVID;
- Procedural and regulatory documents were developed and introduced;
- Management systems were switched to remote operation;
- Rotation personnel and contractors take COVID tests in a laboratory before each rotation and are required to comply with epidemiological requirements;
- Critical business processes were defined and plans were developed to ensure business continuity and emergency recovery of critical business processes;
- Business trips were limited;
- The CMT and emergency response centres hold meetings periodically and as required to discuss the situation, how it affects the operations, and measures taken to avoid the spread of COVID. Such meetings end with decisions and recommendations for the necessary measures to be implemented to prevent COVID.
Also, the COVID Detection and Spread Action Algorithms are activated as required, which involve three steps to strengthen COVID prevention activities that have been and continue to be implemented, where:
Step 1 – pre-quarantine activities implemented;
Step 2 – quarantine restrictions still observed;
Step 3 – measures strengthened to avoid the disease whenever an outbreak occurs.
Large-scale work has been implemented in view of the possible complication of the economic situation. The focal point was to provide the necessary personal protective equipment and disinfectants, ensure social distancing and body temperature measurements.
Activities were developed and implemented on how to act if you suspect or detect an infected person.
A set of preventive activities and reinforced sanitation and disinfection conditions are still being followed according to the established epidemic prevention regulations. Anti-epidemic algorithms are activated according to the situation.
Since the beginning of the state vaccination campaign, KMG has introduced action plans to manage and promote vaccination among employees, which include active awareness raising among employees to explain how important it is to get a vaccine to achieve collective immunity and ensure steady and continuous work within the Group.
The KMG Group’s employees get vaccinated in local hospitals and private medical institutions. For this, KMG’s facilities have all necessary conditions: vaccination points set up in central offices, dedicated points at fields and in medical centres.
Employees use the Ashyq application to enter KMG’s administrative building and SDE facilities. The Corporate Centre has successfully integrated its access control system with the Ashyq information system. Access to the administrative building is automatically blocked by the access control system for employees with the “red’ or “yellow” status. Access is restored when the status gets “green” or “blue” again.
According to the above and other measures, the current COVID situation within the KMG Group is steady, activities are implemented routinely, continuity of business processes is ensured.