Health and Safety

Health and Safety

AB “Achema” pays particular attention to the aspects of occupational health and safety at workplaces and increase of responsibility of employees. The top level management is responsible for safe and healthy occupational environment, whereas the safety culture in the company is understood as an integral part of the organization’s culture. In addition to the establishment of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee in AB “Achema”, the health and safety reporters are also appointed in each unit (departments). They are specially trained and supervise the observance of the occupational requirements.

AB “Achema” has implemented occupational health and safety management system ISO 45001. Occupational health and safety management system is regularly improved and the necessary resources are allocated for the implementation of this policy. An external certification audit was carried out in August 17-18, 2021 and an audit certificate was received from DNV.

Occupational safety is ensured and organized in the company and its branches not only pursuant to the laws, but also by annually revised Plan of Occupational Safety Preventive Means. The fields of activity indicated in this plan, the indicated risk factors, aims of occupational safety means, responsible persons and terms for the implementation of means, as well as controlling bodies.

All employees of the Company without any exception participate in occupational Health and Safety Training Program and all of them receive personal protection equipment.  Each year, intensive OHS preventive program is conducted which consisted of training, acquisition of skills and improvement, verification and control. The company has a system of employee safety and health proposals since 2016. Each employee can suggest improvements in safety and health issues. More than 500 measures to improve safety and health have already been implemented on the basis of this system.

During 2021, two types of emergency preparedness trainings with and without the participation of special services were carried out in the company. 10 emergency preparedness trainings were carried out with special services and participation of emergency specialists and ambulance specialists. 16 drills without participation of special services took place in 11 units. In total, 176 drills were carried out in order to teach how to act according to the emergency preparedness plans of units.

The so called “tabletop exercise” or functional exercises takes place each year upon the participation of the representatives of the civil protection system, who have to react to the planned exercise situation. “Tabletop emergency preparedness trainings with participation of not only municipality representatives, but also special services under the subordination of the municipality were last organized in December 2021. A specific situation from AB “Achema” emergency preparedness plan is tested during “tabletop exercise” and functional emergency preparedness trainings.

In order to ensure 24-hour medical assistance, medical unit of Achema Health Center operates in the company’s territory in order to ensure the necessary medical aid at any time of the day.

By taking care of the health of employees the employee performs the measurements of air pollution, noise, vibration, temperature, etc. according to the approved schedules and the heads of the units are responsible for the familiarization of the employees with the results. In case of detection of any deviations, the corrective actions are taken.

The company pays special attention to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Approved internal documents oblige the company's employees and other persons to take all preventive measures that may reduce the risk of becoming infected with Coronavirus. To ensure minimal physical contact between employees, meetings are held remotely in the MS Teams program. Onto the entrances to the company's site are used to measure the body temperature of employees and other persons with the help of thermal imagers, and many other preventive actions are observed.