Health and safety

The health and safety of its employees is the CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary’s key strategic priority and NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary is focused on reducing its fatality rate to zero


Long-term goals

0 Zero-fatalities on production sites, zero-tolerance policy on work-related fatalities
-15% Annual reduction of LTIFR (lost time injury frequency rate)
Compliance with international safety standards

H&S main results

reduction of LTIFR since 2013 (as the end of 1H 2021)
0.32 —
by the end of 1H 2021 — remains below the global mining industry average
improvement in accident statistics since 2013 (as the end of 1H 2021)
3.0 Integral score based on independent assessment of occupational safety culture as of May 2020 (from 1.4 in 2014)

H&S program approach

Main personnel protection measures –
Occupational safety

Nornickel has corporate health and safety standards that apply to both the GroupPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary’s employees and contractors’ at the Group’s production sites. The Company and its key subsidiaries have joint health and safety committees made up of management, employee and trade union representatives. Nornickel developed special standards for contractors as part of its selection process, which were implemented in 2018 to better monitor and promote contractor safety. The Group’s production units are regularly audited for compliance with applicable health and safety regulations.

The company carries out the following initiatives and programs aimed at continuous improvement of health and safety:

  • Accident rate reduction programmes (the Technology Breakthrough and etc)
  • Training programmes
  • Personal safety
  • Industrial safety compliance
  • Prevention of occupational diseases

Elements of the health and safety monitoring system:

  • Second-party health and safety management system audits
  • Safety behaviour audits
  • Multi-stage control
  • Targeted and comprehensive inspections

Responsibility and accountability

The Audit and Sustainable Development Committee deals with health and safety matters. The Company’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee is led by the First Vice President — Chief Operating Officer and is focused on improving efficiency and accountability in health and safety. Nornickel’s First Vice President — Chief Operating Officer is directly responsible for the development of health and safety initiatives and ensuring compliance with the relevant requirements. All circumstances of any fatality are reported to the Board of Directors and thoroughly investigated to avoid similar injuries in the future.

Remuneration linked to H&S performance:

  • The KPIs of the COO and heads of production units include safety targets with weightings between 5% and 36% of the overall KPI
  • A failure to prevent a fatality blocks them from receiving a performance bonus

Risk Management

Technical, production, or natural hazards which, once present, could have a negative impact on production and cause equipment breakdown or reimbursable damage to third parties and the environment

To manage and mitigate risks the Company:

  • Ensures proper and safe operation of its assets in line with the requirements of technical operating procedure, as well as technical rules and regulations as prescribed by local laws across Nornickel’s geographic footprint
  • Replaces its fixed assets in a timely manner to achieve production safety targets
  • Implements automated systems to control equipment process flows, uses state-of-the art engineering controls
  • Trains and educates its employees both locally, on site, and centrally, through its corporate training centers
  • Has developed a technical and production risk management system, including by engaging independent experts to assess the system’s performance and data
    Please find more information in our AR 2020


At end-2020, all key production enterprises of the Group had health and safety certification:

  • MMCMining and Metallurgical CompanyGo to the glossary Norilsk Nickel to ISOInternational Organisation for StandardisationGo to the glossary 45001
  • Kola MMCKola Mining and Metallurgical CompanyGo to the glossary to OHSAS 18001
  • Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta to ISO 45001