KazMunayGas Participates in Samruk-Kazyna’s First Annual Health and Safety Forum
The Samruk-Kazyna Fund has arranged the first Health and Safety Forum in Nur-Sultan to share experience and best practices, review the existing challenges and create a new large expert platform in the area of health and safety.
The speakers included representatives of governmental authorities, top managers of the Samruk-Kazyna JSC Group’s production companies, international organisations and independent experts.
Almassadam Satkaliyev, Chairman of Samruk-Kazyna’s Management Board, welcomed the guests of the forum and shared the outcomes of the efforts currently made by the Fund’s Group in occupational health and safety. He also told about the challenges for 2022-2026.
“Samruk-Kazyna is Kazakhstan’s largest employer. The Group’s headcount exceeds 250,000 employees, with the share of production personnel making up 92.4%. It should be noted that over the years, the Fund has been putting its efforts and resources into promoting the safe production values and approaches. However, we are still a long way off from our goal of zero injury at our facilities. At the end of the year, we will discuss the performance shown by chief executive officers in occupational safety at the meeting of the Boards of Directors of the corresponding companies. The safety of the people employed at the facilities is a core value for me personally and for the Fund as a whole, and I would like all the attendees to know that I personally monitor every accident,” Mr. Satkaliyev emphasised.
Top managers of 13 large companies in the Fund’s Group also signed their personal H&S commitments during the forum. The managers undertook to lead by example and demonstrate commitment to the safety values, ensure adoption of the best safety practices in their companies and create safe working conditions for their employees. The commitments were signed by the managers of such companies as JSC NC “KazMunayGas”, NAC Kazatomprom JSC, NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC, QazaqGaz JSC, KEGOC JSC, Samruk-Energo JSC, Kazakhtelecom JSC, Kazpost JSC, Air Astana JSC, Qazaq Air JSC, NMC Tau-Ken Samruk JSC, Samruk-Kazyna Ondeu JSC, Samruk-Kazyna Construction JSC.
The representatives of international organisations and companies participated in the forum by sharing the information on global safety accomplishments. The speakers at the forum included the experts from ORP (International Occupational Risk Prevention Foundation), EBRD (European Bank of Reconstruction and Development), EVERYCO Central Asia Kazakhstan, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), NEBOSH (UK’s National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), OPITO, etc.
The Fund’s representatives noted the reduction of the lost time injury rate in production companies by 24% over the last four years. In absolute terms, the number of injuries has reduced by 35%, from 165 in 2018 to 108 in 2021.
In order to monitor the occupational health and safety status, the Fund and the portfolio companies make active efforts to ensure process automation and digitalisation as well as personnel training. Some of the portfolio companies have already implemented the IT solutions to ensure sufficient reporting transparency and communication development and other solutions to facilitate hazard identification and risk management.
These efforts help the Fund to proactively respond to the portfolio companies’ activities by predicting the situation and planning the corresponding actions in advance to achieve the common occupational safety goals. An important development driver is that 2022 was declared the Year of Safety in the Samruk-Kazyna Group.