ASSESSMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY EFFECTIVENESS AT A MINING COMPANYAndrei Nikulin and Anni Yulievna Nikulina
New requirements for occupational health and safety organisation and management in the Russian Federation are attributable to economic and social challenges. Systems-based approach to occupational health and safety coupled with the implementation of new equipment and new technologies, as well as safety culture promotion is a viable method of reducing industrial injuries and occupational morbidity. Improved technologies with efficient management systems support a significant reduction of the industrial accident rate. The article addresses organisational arrangements required to improve industrial safety through efficient assessment of the safety management system at a plant. The article presents case studies of organisational solutions aimed at minimising industrial injuries. Criteria have been developed to evaluate current effectiveness of the safety management system in place. The condition of the coal industry in the Rostov Region has been reviewed. The case of DTEK company, Obukhovskaya mine of MM Obukhovskaya, is used to consider ways to improve the workplace inspection procedure. The article presents a statistical review of industrial injuries and key safety parameters at the plant. Priority measures of proactive response to any identified safety violations are proposed.
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