Occupational and industrial safety

DTEK adheres to high standards of industrial safety. Programs for fostering an occupational safety culture are the key area for development at all the production companies of the Company.

We set up special working groups to analyze and classify the psychological factors of safety violations. There are plans to introduce monitoring of employees’ psychophysiological state. Then the employees will be trained to independently assess job-related risks and the implications of their careless actions.

Efforts to improve on-the-job safety are aimed, on the one hand, at making the operations safer for the employees and, on the other hand, at preventing emergencies. With this objective in mind, we use each and every tool: from implementing new safety standards to awards granted for compliance with safety rules.

To make our employees more safety-conscious and responsible, our mine groups and thermal power plants have introduced the following cardinal rules: violators are held personally responsible and are subject to disciplinary measures, up to dismissal.

DTEK’s investment priorities in occupational health and safety remain unchanged and include:

  • ensuring safe working conditions;
  • providing employees with efficient personal protective equipment;
  • training employees in and improving their knowledge of industrial safety requirements;
  • healthcare for personnel;
  • protecting employees against workplace hazards;
  • bringing property, plants and equipment into compliance with occupational safety regulations and laws.

Certification of the occupational health and safety management systems of the companies in compliance with international requirements

The working conditions at most of our companies comply with the requirements of the international standard OHSAS:18001. In 2015, DTEK Skhidenergo, DTEK Dniproenergo and DTEK Zakhidenergo successfully passed re-certification audits and a compliance audit of their occupational health and safety management systems and confirmed their compliance with OHSAS 18001:2007. Naftogazvydobuvannya, DTEK Dniprooblenergo and DTEK Power Grid have also passed the certification and compliance audits of their occupational health and safety systems for compliance with OHSAS 18001:2007. We are continuing to implement programs to build occupational health and safety management systems in accordance with OHSAS 18001:2007 requirements at DTEK Sverdlovanthracite and DTEK Rovenkyanthracite.

Our generating companies are implementing a Common Monitoring System. This System has already helped to detect 14,500 potentially hazardous situations, the majority of which have been remedied by our energy specialists. Furthermore, it has identified over 1,200 unsafe actions of employees, which could have resulted in injuries. Our mine groups have a three-tier system in place to supervise occupational health and safety performance and observance of the work assignment system.

DTEK Energy’s TPPs have started implementing the HAZOP standard. This is a risk management method for analyzing production processes in terms of their safety. Using this method, TPP experts trained in its application can identify the most hazardous elements of equipment and production processes. The experts then assess their hazard level and design and implement an action plan to prevent possible risks. Thus, the new standard is a logical continuation of the work we carried out earlier when implementing the OHSAS.

Occupational safety education

DTEK has developed an occupational health and safety training system to maintain the required skills of its employees and ensure the performance of professional duties with due regard for safety. To train employees and increase their knowledge of occupational health and safety, the companies conduct safety briefings and training sessions, followed by knowledge testing.

The main methods and tools we use for occupational health and safety trainings are the following:

  • using visualization tools during training sessions (educational video materials and slides);
  • conducting video briefings;
  • differentiating employees in terms of their qualification and specialization;
  • involving all employees in the training process;
  • multi-level knowledge testing.

All our mine groups use a system of video briefings before work shifts. The PROTEK software system is a main tool we use to test the safety knowledge of employees. Its database includes various safety programs that include both legislative and corporate safety requirements.

TPP employees study and improve their skills at in-house training centers. The training centers of DTEK Skhidenergo, DTEK Dniproenergo and DTEK Zakhidenergo are unique to Ukraine. They use customized training and testing software programs and simulators, modern equipment and facilities to help our employees study occupational health and safety and fire safety rules and proper operation of process equipment.

These training sessions can be arranged in-plant. Thanks to them, our employees acquire the required skills for safe and efficient operation and maintenance of power plant equipment.

Our distribution companies regularly hold training sessions and competitions. DTEK Dniprooblenergo trains its personnel to perform their production tasks at their Mezherich training area.

The personnel training center has trained 1,003 people, 365 of whom were taught how to render first aid, and 579 increased their knowledge of occupational health and safety.

Since 2013, our coal and power companies have had a system of financial and non-financial awards in place. The spirit of competition we have created fosters a culture of occupational health and safety and promotes the development and implementation of innovations designed to make working conditions safer.

In 2015 alone, 4,000 employees at our coal companies were awarded financial incentives for a total amount of UAH 1.7 million as part of the procedure of additional incentives for achieving occupational health and safety targets, and 164 people were awarded for identifying unacceptable risks.

Our coal mining companies continue to asses top managers concerning occupational health and safety. This approach makes managers more attentive to safety issues and serves as a tool for quantitative and qualitative assessment of their efforts in this area.

To make our employees more accountable for safety violations, our coal mining and processing companies apply the Cardinal Rules introduced in 2014, which if violated may necessarily result in the violator’s dismissal.

To inform our employees about fatalities that occurred at our facilities, we make and show “Lessons Learned” videos. They inform employees about the causes of the fatalities and the lessons to be learned to prevent their recurrence in the future.

Our distribution companies have implemented an “Occupational Health and Safety Culture” program. It is aimed at changing the way the company’s staff think and behave, in other words, combining leadership and support from senior executives, participation of junior managers and involvement of employees in accident prevention to ensure their health and safety in the workplace.

Natural disaster protection

We conduct regular drills to master the skills and actions to be taken in emergencies:

  • training top management and specialists in civil defence and safety management in training centers;
  • individual in-house training in civil defence;
  • drills of the electrical network emergency response centers, together with the relevant local authorities and natural disaster response centers;
  • drills of the emergency response centers in case of emergencies at radiation and chemically hazardous production facilities;
  • drills in actions to be taken if communities are shelled (sheltering employees in basements and semi-basements).

The companies are developing the following measures to protect production facilities against natural disasters:

  • emergency prevention plans;
  • emergency response and recovery plans;
  • patterns of interaction with the main emergency department for emergency response and recovery;
  • schedules of civil defence and fire safety drills;
  • a program of briefings on civil defence and technogenic safety.