5.2. Occupational Health

GRI 103-2GRI 103-3

Preventing Occupational Diseases

GRI 403-3GRI 403-6

PJSC Gazprom ensures a safe workplace environment in line with the Action Plan to Improve Working Conditions at PJSC Gazprom entitiesApproved on July 1, 2019, No. 03-157. and plans of activities to improve working conditions of subsidiaries and entities.

Whenever an occupational disease is confirmed, the Company conducts an investigation to understand its root causes and develop and adopt measures to prevent similar situations going forward.

Every year, a special labor conditions assessment (SLCA) is carried out at each workplace of the Gazprom Group companies. Based on its outcomes, activities aimed at the improvement of the employees’ labor conditions are developed and implemented.

Following the results of the SLCA in the reporting year, workplaces with optimal and allowable workplace conditions (Class 1 and 2) account for 86.3% of the total number, and those with harmful labor conditions (Class 3) for 13.7%.

No workplaces exposed to hazardous labor conditions (Class 4) were identified in the companies covered by the ISPSM.


Number of Class 3 and 4 workplaces and the number of employees working at such workplaces at the companies covered by the ISPSM, 2021
Indicator Class
Number of workplaces, units 19,058 9,094 682 22 0
Number of employees, persons 42,159 25,761 2,385 74 0

Since 2013, the number of workplaces exposed to harmful and hazardous working environments in the subsidiaries of PJSC Gazprom has declined from 38% to 13.7%. The number of workplaces exposed to harmful working environments was reduced thanks to the implementation of action plans for labor conditions improvement developed by PJSC Gazprom’s subsidiaries.

To improve and ensure sanitation of the working environment, PJSC Gazprom’s subsidiaries developed and implemented over 4,808 activities for a total amount exceeding RUB 2,179.2 million. The working conditions of 6,878 employees were improved.

In 2021, the total number of the Gazprom Group employees who completed training in process safety reached 141,955Data on managers, specialists, and other white-collar staff who completed pre-certification training in industrial safety, occupational health, etc. The number of employees who completed training is stated in man-courses (where one person received

Work-Related Injuries

GRI 403-2GRI 403-4

The Company identifies process safety hazards and risks in accordance with STO Gazprom 18000.1-002-2020 Integrated System of Process Safety Management. Hazard Identification and Risk Management for Process Safety Purposes.

An employee shall be obliged to promptly report an incident in a manner provided for in the Rules of Reporting Incidents (Accidents, Fires, Emergencies And Incidents) at PJSC Gazprom, its Branches and Subsidiaries and in accordance with the reporting procedure in place at a given subsidiary or company. Upon receipt of a report of an incident, Gazprom creates an investigation committee to take a record of the circumstances of the incident, collect data about the incident and all the associated events, analyze the available materials, identify the causes and prepare an investigation report. To prevent future incidents, the subsidiary where the incident has occurred shall analyze the results of the investigation to develop and implement measures to prevent process safety incidents.

Every employee is obliged to report any incidents to their immediate supervisor and can do so via a trade union organization or occupational safety officers. In addition, employees can submit proposals on how to improve the ISPSM elements, their expectations in process safety or any other process safety related information.

The procedure of dealing with Hot Line reports, complaints about actual or potential incidents, as well as process safety proposals are regulated by R Gazprom 18000.2-012-2020Approved by Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department Sergey Menshikov on October 30, 2020..

In accordance with STO Gazprom 18000.1-001-2021 Integrated System of Process Safety Management. Key Provisions, as part of the efforts to encourage reporting of incidents, directors of subsidiaries, entities and branches of PJSC Gazprom guarantee that the employees:

  • will not be disciplined for reporting workplace health and safety hazards and risks and informing of the actual state of process safety and areas for improvement;
  • have the right to refuse to perform work if it puts their life and health at risk as a result of non-compliance with health and safety requirements, unless otherwise provided for by federal laws, until this risk is removed.

In the reporting year, incidents resulted in 43 people being injured, of which 6 people died. The main causes of work-related injuries in 2021 included road traffic accidents, falls and the impact of moving or flying parts of machinery or objects. The Company investigated the injury cases as required by the legislation of the Russian Federation and worked out measures to prevent future process safety incidents.

Three out of six fatalities were caused by breaches of Road Safety Rules, failure to take personal safety measures and non-compliance with vehicle operation requirements. Investigation of the incidents is ongoing.

Number of injuries and fatalities as a result of incidents in 2019–2021, persons
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSM
injured 47 39 42
incl. fatalities 7 5 5
Number of injuries and fatalities as a result of incidents in 2019–2021, by gender, persons
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSMmalefemalemalefemalemalefemale
injured 43 4 35 4 393
incl. fatalities 7 0 5 0 50

The differences in the frequency of injuries between women and men are attributable to the statistical difference between women and men working at hazardous industrial facilities.

Workplace injury rates
Item 2019 2020 2021 Change 2021/2020, %
Injury frequency rate
IFR = N ˟ 1,000 / H (where N – number of work-related injuries requiring one or more days off work in the reporting year; H – average headcount)
0.15 0.12 0.13 8.3
Injury severity rate
ISR = D / N (where D – number of work days lost; N – total number of incidents)
67.18 55.56 68.19 22.73
Injured 47 39 43 10.3
Fatalities 7 5 6 20.0
Number of fatal accidents related to the work of third-party contractors at the company’s facilities 15 9 11 22.2
Number of work-related severe or permanent injuries by contractors (excl. fatal injuries) 29 18 17 5.6
Lost time injury frequency rates (LTIFR), Gazprom Group, 2019–2021
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSM 0.09 0.08 0.08
Oil business companies 0.50 0.54 0.36
Power generation companies 0.12 0.08 0.05
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat 0.13 0 0.07
Fatality rates (FAR) resulting from incidents, Gazprom Group, 2019–2021
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSM 1.35 0.97 0.99
Oil business companies (1) 1.46 0 3.80
Power generation companies 0 0 0
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat 0 0 12.96
(1) Excluding the foreign assets of Gazprom Neft Group in Serbia, Iraq, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.
Occupational disease rate (ODR),Gazprom Group, 2019-2021
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSM 0.062 0.029 0.019
Oil business companies 0.016 0.008 0
Power generation companies 0 0 0
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat 0 0 0

Civil Defense

Civil Defense Documentation
  • Federal Law No. 28-FZ On Civil Defense dated February 12, 1998
  • Federal Law No. 68-FZ On Protection of Population and Territories from Natural and Man-Made Disasters dated December 21, 1994
  • Order of PJSC Gazprom dated August 17, 2017 On Approval of the Fundamentals of the Civil Defense Policy of PJSC Gazprom through 2030
  • Order of PJSC Gazprom dated October 18, 2018 On Approval of the Fundamentals of the Policy of Protection of Staff and Inventories from Emergencies of PJSC Gazprom through 2030

Civil Defense System

PJSC Gazprom has a civil defense system in placeCreated and operating in accordance with order of PJSC Gazprom No. 436 dated July 7, 2016..

The civil defense system is comprised of two parts: a corporate civil defense system and a Gas Emergency system:

  • the corporate civil defense system of PJSC Gazprom is aimed at streamlining work to ensure civil defense of the staff and inventories of PJSC Gazprom, its subsidiaries and branches;
  • the Gas Emergency system is part of a functional subsystem created by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation to prevent and liquidate emergencies at companies and facilities in the energy industry. Its purpose is to develop and implement emergency prevention measures and, if an emergency has occurred, protect employees of PJSC Gazprom, warn people living close to the Company’s hazardous industrial facilities (HIF) of the emergency, improve the resilience of its subsidiaries and branches, mitigate financial damage and liquidate man-made and natural disasters based on the relevant action plans to prevent and liquidate emergencies at the Gazprom Group entities.

In 2019, PJSC Gazprom developed an Action Plan to prevent and liquidate man-made and natural disastersApproved by Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of PJSC Gazprom Vitaly Markelov on December 20, 2019. (the Action Plan). It takes into account the geographical location and the climate of the area where facilities of PJSC Gazprom’s subsidiaries operate, helps assess potential implications there in case of emergencies, defines measures to be taken as part of the corporate system to prevent and liquidate emergencies at PJSC Gazprom and protect workers of the facilities, other people and inventories from emergencies and carry out rescue and other urgent work.

Civil Defense Performance in 2021

In the reporting year, the Gazprom Group implemented the following measures in civil defense and emergency protection:

  • 9,070 civil defense officers of PJSC Gazprom and subsidiaries and 299,355 employees of the Gazprom Group entities completed seven programs in civil defense and emergency protection;
  • the task forces comprising PJSC Gazprom’s employees who are experts of the site commission of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation for certification of emergency rescue teams and rescuers of PJSC Gazprom carried out 46 checks to assess the compliance with mandatory certification requirements and the readiness of volunteer emergency response teams for rescue work;
  • 1,255 rescuers and 45 volunteer emergency response teams of PJSC Gazprom received certification from the site commission of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation;

106,200 employees of PJSC Gazprom’s subsidiaries took part in 2,558 facility-based training sessions, tabletop exercises and tactic drills in civil defense and emergency protection.

The follow-up analysis showed that the Gazprom Group’s governance bodies and employees are prepared to respond quickly in case of a man-made or natural disaster.

Administrative fines and non-financial sanctions for failures to comply with civil defense and emergency protection procedures at the Gazprom Group
GRI 419-1
Year Administrative fine, RUB thousand Non-financial sanctions
legal entityofficer
2019 560 146 9
2020 320 11 7

Process Safety Control in the Supply Chain

GRI 403-7

Work at PJSC Gazprom’s facilities is performed by the employees who have relevant qualifications and the necessary permits.

All third parties operating at PJSC Gazprom’s facilities, including contractors, subcontractors and visitors, are given an induction briefing, a workplace briefing before being admitted to work and a pre-job briefing.

As part of these briefings, they are made acquainted with:

  • the Occupational, Industrial, Fire and Road Safety Policy of PJSC GazpromApproved by order of PJSC Gazprom No. 416 dated September 17, 2019.;
  • results of risk assessment in process safety and risk response measures;
  • existing harmful and hazardous occupational factors;
  • measures establishing requirements for work organization and processes;
  • emergency response and alert measures;
  • reported incidents at PJSC Gazprom and relevant preventive measures.

Accident Prevention and Fire Safety

The Gazprom Group seeks to reduce the number of accidents and incidents. To this end, all man-made events are investigated in accordance with STO Gazprom 18000.4-008-2019 Integrated System of Process Safety Management. Analysis of Incident Root Causes. Procedure for Identification and Development of Preventive Measures in order to identify the root causes of incidents. The Group develops measures to prevent process safety incidents.

Information on industrial safety spending across the Gazprom Group, 2019−2021, RUB million
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSM 5,299 4,320 4,639
Oil business companies(1)
Power generation companies 467 513 676
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat 809 469 490
(1) Data not available as of the report date

Accident Reduction

The main causes of accidents at the Gazprom Group in 2021 included defects of construction, assembly and repairs, corrosion and erosion and a combination of negative factors (climate conditions at the time when the accident occurred, existing defects of welded joints, excessive loading of welded joints of the gas pipeline due to off-design location of the pipeline section).

Information on the number of industrial accidents and incidents across the Gazprom Group, 2019–2021
Item 2019 2020 2021
Companies covered by the ISPSM
accidents 5 7 7
incidents 5 7 5
Oil business companies
accidents 0 0 0
incidents 920 600 54(1)
Power generation companies
accidents 0 1 0
incidents 71 55 60
Gazprom Neftekhim Salavat
accidents 1 0 0
incidents 71 55 60
The Gazprom Group, total
(1) The decrease is attributable to changes in the procedure for accounting for, and recording of man-made events.

To reduce the accident rate, the Company implements key programs aimed at cutting accident rate at production facilities:

  • Comprehensive Program for Reconstruction and Re-Equipment of Gas Production Facilities for 2022–2026;
  • Comprehensive Program for Reconstruction and Re-Equipment of Gas Transmission Facilities of PJSC Gazprom for 2022–2026;
  • comprehensive action plans to improve reliability and safety of gas transmission facilities;
  • comprehensive draft program for reconstruction and re-equipment of gas and liquid hydrocarbon processing facilities for 2022–2026;
  • action plans to prevent incidents based on the results of analysis of the route causes.

Fire Safety

To prevent fires at its production facilities, the Company developed a Fire Safety Organizational and Technological Activities Plan for PJSC Gazprom Facilities in 2021Approved by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of PJSC Gazprom, on December 16, 2020, No. 03-277..

In 2021, PJSC Gazprom took the following fire safety measures:

  • developed and implemented initiatives aimed at reducing the number of fires and accidents at PJSC Gazprom’s facilities;
  • improved the corporate oversight over the compliance with fire safety requirements;
  • monitored the state of the fire safety systems;
  • ensured fire safety at PJSC Gazprom’s facilities located in forests or areas adjacent to forests;
  • conducted comprehensive training on accident response at PJSC Gazprom’s facilities.

To timely identify threats arising from wildfires in places where gas production and transportation facilities are located and promptly report them to fire-fighting units of the Group’s facilities, PJSC Gazprom and Gazprom Space Systems joined forces to launch a fire monitoring IT service powered by space monitoring technology.

Number of fires at the facilities of PJSC Gazprom, 2019–2021
Indicator 2019 2020 2021
Total number of fires 2 6 6
incl. at production facilities 0 2 0
Fire injuries 0 1 2
incl. fire fatalities 0 0 1
Damage, RUB million 7.0 4.2 3.6

In 2021, PJSC Gazprom’s facilities reported six fires resulting in two people being injured, of which one died. Total fire damage amounted to RUB 3.6 million. The number of fires remained unchanged from the previous year, with damage down by 15% in the reporting year.

PJSC Gazprom’s facilities at which fires occurred, 2019–2021
Facility Количество пожаров, шт.
Vehicles 10
Production facilities 2
Power generation facilities 1
Upstream buildings (labs) 1
Total number of fires14
In 2019–2021, the majority of fires occurred in vehicles of the Company. The injuries and fatalities resulted from actions of those affected such as non-compliance with health and safety requirements, careless open flame handling and improper use of heating devices.
Causes of fires at the facilities of PJSC Gazprom, 2019–2021