VSW’s Industrial Safety Program Recognized at National Level

Employees with Vyksa Steel Works (AO VSW, Nizhniy Novgorod Region, a United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK) subsidiary) were named among the best specialists in their field and were awarded the silver cup by the “We Protect Professionals” Second National Competition for industrial safety specialists. The award ceremony was held in Moscow at the Industrial Health and Safety 2018 show.

Experts noted that Vyksa Steel Works were practicing an integrated approach to matters of industrial safety, in particular, activities to reduce general injury rates and to motivate employees to use safe methods not only at work but at home as well.

“Over the course of 5 years, VSW has reduced its on-the-job injury rates by 70%. In 2017, we allocated over 420,000,000 rubles to activities related to industrial safety which is almost 3.5 times as much as the year before. The increase is the result of a number of technical measures to improve working conditions. These include installing special safe barriers as well as noise screens, integrated control panels on the shop floor and upgrades to obsolete equipment. At the end of 2018, we expect a number similar to last year’s”, said AO VSW Industrial Safety Director Alexander Pivikov.

“The Russian Federation Ministry of Labor and Social Safeguards has been sponsoring the We Protect Professionals competitions these past two years. This initiative enables industrial safety professionals from Russian industrial facilities to share their most effective practices designed to protect their employees’ life and health thereby improving these facilities’ work ethic”, noted Maria Zenkina, advisor to the Department of Working Conditions and Industrial Safety with the Russian Federation Ministry of Labor and Social Safeguards.


The national We Protect Professionals competition for employees with industrial health and safety functions is being co-sponsored by 3M, the Russian Federation Ministry of Labor and Social Safeguards, and the Etalon Interregional Association for Safer Working Conditions.

Every competition entry was graded on a 10-point scale using several criteria: ingenuity, a detailed description of the program’s progress, the industrial health and injury rates at a facility prior to and following the implementation of a program, examples of more advanced personal protective gear being introduced and an assessment of its effectiveness, steps to disclose facility hazards, increased awareness among employees regarding the use of protective gear and their effectiveness, a description of activities to provide employees with continuous education in advanced safety practices, an evaluation of a completed program for effectiveness as well as the applicability of industrial health and safety projects to health and safety at other organizations. The competition was won be entrants that gained the highest number of points based on all the criteria.

Besides Vyksa Steel Works, PAO Uralkaliy, AO POLYEF (the SIBUR Blagoveshchensk site), OOO NII Transneft, the Moscow Metro, AkzoNobel Automative&Aerospace Coatings EMEA, OOO ZapSibNeftekhim, OOO Henkel Rus, AO SUEK-Kuzbass, OOO Install Profi, and others submitted their programs to the competition.