Health and Safety


PhosAgro considers the health and safety of its employees to be the most significant responsibility related to its operations. 

Increasing the level of safety across all PhosAgro’s enterprises is always on our agenda. PhosAgro follows the Russian industry safety standards that are applicable to each of its operations, and has developed and introduced a number of internal policies in the areas of health and safety, with the primary objective of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities to the lowest possible level.

Health and Safety Initiatives

As we strive to create a healthy and safe working environment at each of PhosAgro’s mining and production sites and facilities, regular workplace risk assessments are undertaken and appropriate safety measures are implemented. We educate our employees regarding these risks by annual occupational safety workshops, and we try to ensure that they have an adequate knowledge of workplace safety procedures before they are permitted to work on a site and in a facility.

In line with the Company’s policies, Apatit has a safety policy supported by regulations and standing instructions, which apply to all operations and job categories and which are updated every five years under the Health and Safety Laws of Russia. Each of Apatit’s facilities has a health and safety programme for operational and technical issues, which is updated and re-issued at the end of each year. Each has a representative who coordinates the safety inspection and investigation teams that compile shift reports on all aspects of safety.

In 2011 there was a decrease in the injuries that occurred at Ammophos and BMF when compared to 2010, mainly as a result of stricter control over compliance with all the prescribed rules and regulations in the workplace, as well as tougher measures against those who breached the rules.

Ammophos and Cherepovetsky Azot are currently certified under the integrated quality, environmental, health and safety management system OHSAS 18001:2007. PhosAgro expects to obtain an OHSAS certificate for Apatit in 2012.

Occupational Health Initiatives

All PhosAgro’s businesses are committed to implement social programmes, including healthcare and wellbeing programmes, for employees and their families. To ensure the implementation of these programmes, PhosAgro constantly works on improving its existing facilities, which include:

  • Clinics and first aid centres based in the operating units
  • Canteens
  • Health centres and recreation resorts (“Emerald” sanatorium (BMF), “Tirvas” sanatorium (Apatit))
  • “Sosnovka” leisure centre (Ammophos and Cherepovetsky Azot)
  • Holiday homes and camps for children
  • Gyms and sport centres
  • Community centres

Apatit, PhosAgro’s biggest subsidiary, is the largest employer in two towns — Kirovsk and Apatity. The collective agreement signed by Apatit is an example of the practical realisation of social partnership principles, and provides, among other things, for holidays and medical treatment on favourable terms for employees and their family members. A voluntary medical insurance programme for employees and their families covers more expensive treatments and examinations.