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Sustainability Report 2013


Occupational Health and Safety

To prevent occupational injuries and occupational diseases, Vnesheconombank is taking a number of occupational health measures that include introductory briefings for new employees, scheduled briefings with engineers and operators, and annual occupational health trainings and tests. Fire safety is provided by maintaining fire safety systems and facilities in operational condition and training employees in fire safety practices.

Occupational health and fire safety trainings in Vnesheconombank

In 2013, Vnesheconombank ran an assessment of in-process factor levels at workplaces of Vnesheconombank’s units under Vnesheconombank’s Programme for In-Process Monitoring over Compliance with Public Health Rules and Implementation of Public Health and Anti-Epidemic (Preventive) Measures for 2012 — 2017. The assessment covered 438 workplaces.

In 2013, Vnesheconombank did not run any workplace certification in line with Order No. 590 “On Changes to the Procedure for Certification of Workplaces for Working Conditions” of the Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of 12 December 2012 approved by the Order of the Russian Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development.

No occupational injuries or diseases were recorded in Vnesheconombank in 2013. No complaints related to occupational safety were submitted by employees to supervisory authorities or to the Bank’s management. Oral claims by employees were followed by on-the-spot investigations and relevant measures to address any breaches that were identified.

In 2013, to ensure fire safety and maintain fire safety facilities in good state, Vnesheconombank took the following measures:

  • upgraded the fire safety system of the building, including equipment of the premises where fuel for diesel generator units is stored with a dry chemical fire suppression system and instalment of self-activating fire extinguishers above the hanging ceiling on the 4th floor in Zone G of the Bank’s Building;
  • organised 24/7 monitoring of automated fire safety systems to assess its state and maintain in an operable state;
  • checked and recharged primary fire extinction facilities (dry and CO2 fire extinguishers);
  • checked and rerolled fire hoses in fire hose cabinets of the internal firefighting water pipeline;
  • checked and tested external fire escapes at level difference points and on the building’s roof;
  • checked the operability of fire safety systems and facilities in line with the maintenance and preventive repair schedules;
  • acquired electric lamps (1 lamp per 50 people) to ensure safe evacuation of the Bank’s employees at night and during blackouts.

Fire safety trainings held by Vnesheconombank for its employees included an introductory fire safety briefing for all new employees, and a 4-hour technical fire safety programme in line with the Basics of Fire Safety system that was attended by 80 employees of the Bank. Additionally, in 2013, Vnesheconombank ran drills to rescue people from the building in the event of a fire.

Exclusive of the respective trainings conducted by Vnesheconombank in 2013.Occupational health and fire safety trainings in Vnesheconombank Group’s entities

In 2013, the occupational health safety trainings involved more than 8 thousand employees of Vnesheconombank Group’s entities. More than 400 employees completed random knowledge tests. To prevent occupational diseases, the Group’s entities held workshops discussing the causes for diseases and injuries at work. Sviaz-Bank, VEB-Leasing, EXIAR and RDIF ran an assessment of working conditions at work places. More than 750 work places were successfully certified as conformant.

The Group’s entities did not record any cases of diseases caused by occupational factors. Two entities of the Group had occupational accidents. One of them occurred in GLOBEXBANK to a driver of the Tolyatti Regional Centre of the Povolzhskiy Branch who accidentally fell when getting into the car. To prevent such accidents, an unscheduled briefing on occupational safety was held for all drivers of the Povolzhskiy Branch.

The other case took place in Prominvestbank where a cash-in-transit driver suffered a head injury as a result of a traffic accident. The experts concluded that the accident was caused by a violation of the traffic rules by the driver. To minimise the risk of similar accidents in future, the Bank approved an action plan to prevent traffic accidents and related injuries (Occupational injury, occupational disease, lost day and workplace absence rates in 2013 by gender).