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Health, Safety and Environment Strategy, Policy and Management

Process safety, labor safety and environmental protection are absolute priorities for our Company as it continues to move forward.

Being the leader of the Russian oil industry and one of the world largest companies in the Fuel and Energy Sector, Rosneft is aware of its impact and believes it is indispensable to ensure safe working environment for its employees and partners, zero-accident operation and minimum environmental impact.

To achieve these objectives, Rosneft ensures full compliance with national and international legal requirements in the regions of its operation. It has also included a dedicated HSE section into its Rosneft-2022 Strategy, supporting that by successful operation of its HSE Integrated Management System with the HSE Policy as its fundamental element.


In 2017, Rosneft Board of Directors approved the new Rosneft-2022 Strategy, which, among other things, set strategic objectives, development goals and performance indicators in HSE.

Rosneft aspires to enter the first quartile of the world leading oil and gas companies by the end of 2022 in terms of the comparable HSE performance indicators, including LTIF, PSER-1, and per unit GHG emissions.


Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

As per ROSNEFT-2022 HSE Strategy, the Company is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Following the best practices of the world oil and gas majors, the Company has identified five priority goals for itself to contribute to by its operations. A number of them relate to HSE, such as: Good health and well-being, Affordable and clean energy, Climate action, Partnerships for the goals.

In its current HSE activities the Company aims to provide contribution to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Guided by the objectives of ROSNEFT-2022 Strategy the Company implements its HSE Policy approved by the senior leadership of the Company in the end of 2018. The Policy is a fundamental document stating Rosneft’s HSE position including on fire, transport, radiation and well control safety, integrity of its facilities.

Health, Safety and Environment Policy

The HSE policy and Company annual objectives are at the heart of the HSE Integrated Management System, which helps to pool the resources and procedures together and ensure the achievement of those objectives and Policy implementation.

The HSE Policy is implemented through the use of all the HSE IMS tools, in particular, health and safety legislation compliance, risk management, effective use of the opportunities for further improvement.


The Company aims to protect the environment, health and safety of the local communities and employees working at its facilities against industrial safety risks - all this calls for effective systematic HSE management, including fire and well control safety, safe operation of transport vehicles, accident management, emergency prevention and response using the most advanced management techniques. This is achieved through the HSE Integrated Management System, which is a part of the general management system of the Company.

HSE IMS has been successfully operating in the Company since 2006. In 2020, the Company has started to apply the new international standard ISO 45001:2018 “Occupational health and safety management systems” and confirmed its compliance with the requirements of the international standard ISO 14001:2015 “Environmental management systems”.

In 2020, Rosneft HQ and its subsidiaries underwent a scheduled HSE IMS surveillance audit to confirm its compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 standards. Accredited certification body DQS confirmed the Company compliance with these standards, expanded its scope of certification and increased the number of certified subsidiaries from 63 to 66.

Certificate of Conformity
ISO 14001:2015

Certificate of Conformity
ISO 45001:2018

HSE IMS is a part of the Company's management system and includes processes, procedures, rules, organizational structure and resources used to develop and implement the HSE policy and goals based on effective risk and opportunity management, compliance monitoring and continuous improvement of the relevant performance indicators.

HSE IMS scope of application covers all activities in Rosneft and those subsidiaries that have put into execution HSE IMS Standard of the Company.

HSE IMS requirements, including the requirements of the relevant regulatory acts of the Russian Federation and internal procedures (standards, regulations, manuals), are binding for all Company’s employees, contractors and subcontractors.

HSE IMS is designed to take into consideration external and internal factors affecting Company’s achievement of the HSE objectives (i.e. the so-called context or environment of the Company), the interests of stakeholders, and implement HSE activities set forth in the Strategy and outlined as principles in the updated Company HSE Policy:



HSE Risk management process is the cornerstone of the Company’s HSE IMS described in its HSE Risk Management Regulation made effective on 01.01.2019, which is a part of the Company’s overall risk management system setting up a unified structured process of hazard identification, risk assessment, planning and implementing activities to manage those.

Risk management takes place at a number of management levels - from the heads of structural units in subsidiaries to the top managers in Rosneft headquarters. The results of the lower management levels inform the decisions at the higher levels.

The Company manages the following HSE risks:

  • accidents, incidents, fires and other events related to damage to operating process facilities and equipment, deviation from the process parameters;
  • health deterioration of workers, contractors, visitors and local population;
  • environmental impact; penalties and temporary shutdown of facilities, damage to business reputation and decline in trust from the stakeholders in case of non-compliance with the applicable legal HSE requirements.

Based on the results of risk assessment and ranking, actions are taken to help prevent contingencies, and also provide readiness for quick and effective response. HSE risk management process is synchronized with the business planning process to provide funding to the risk mitigation actions.


To increase the effectiveness and continuously improve the HSE IMS, to further improve the HSE performance, the Company conducts in-process control and environmental control on a systematic basis, as well as internal and external audits of the HSE IMS, analyzes the results of accident investigations, and takes action in case of any inconsistencies. Rosneft applies best HSE practices and regularly updates its HSE IMS standards, regulations, guidelines, etc.; top management annually analyzes the effectiveness of the HSE IMS and makes decisions to further improve the system - with change management to facilitate the process.

The Company supports latest trends in improving health and safety management systems, environmental management, defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopting new international standards. Thus, in 2017 - 2018, actions were taken to bring internal HSE IMS to compliance with the requirements of the updated standard ISO 14001: 2015 “Environmental Management System”, confirmed by DQS international certification body after a certification audit in 2018.

The Company continues to develop HSE IMS, timely responding to changes both in external and internal environments. For this purpose, for example, at the turn of 2019, the Company updated its HSE IMS documents: HSE Leadership Standard, HSE Integrated Management System Standard; HSE Risk Management Regulation. In 2018, PSE (Process Safety Events) performance measurement metric was introduced and piloted in the Company in accordance with best international practices. The Company also trained its personnel on how to record and analyze PSE data.

Rosneft continues to cooperate with its partners in safety and environment protection areas with the aim of studying and incorporating best international standards and practices into its HSE IMS, if applicable and consistent with the requirements of the Russian legislation.

Rosneft runs joint fit-for-purpose programs in its subsidiaries and runs communication programs for Company and contractor employees to systematically develop safe behavior skills and improve corporate HSE culture.


Company CEO and top managers represent the top level of HSE IMS management of the Company. Day-to-day management and coordination of HSE activities is conducted by Vice President for HSE.

General Directors in subsidiaries, through specially appointed representatives, analyze the effectiveness of the deployed HSE IMS and make decisions about its development and support.

Rosneft makes decisions on the most important HSE matters through the following governing bodies: Strategy and Sustainable Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the HSE Committee created in 2017 to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the HSE work.

The HSE Committee regularly reviews the analytical materials, progress reports, and makes resolutions to ensure that Company achieves its strategic objectives. Key top managers of the Company were nominated as members of the HSE Committee with Trade Union Organization also joining the meetings on a regular basis.

The HSE Committee analyzes the results of the Company's HSE activities on a quarterly basis, including monitoring progress against strategic goals and also reviews projects and programs aimed at reducing risks in this area.

In 2018, the HSE Committee held 5 meetings with over 60 resolutions made in key areas of Company activity - actions on strategic priorities of the Company, contractor safety, medical evacuation system, investigation results, risks and integrity, aviation safety.

The HSE Committee approves quarterly HSE reports to be submitted to the Strategy and Sustainable Development Committee and the Board of Directors, the members of those bodies review the reports, discuss them and therefore participate in HSE risk management process.

Rosneft plans to further improve HSE management systems to ensure their maximum effectiveness.


Rosneft is fully involved in improving the legal framework of the Russian Federation in HSE:

  • in 2018, its employees participated in commenting on 75 health and safety draft regulatory acts proposed by the public authorities, local administrations, relevant ministries, with a view to assess their regulatory impact and requirements, i.e.: draft laws, draft resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation, draft orders of Rostekhnadzor and ministries.
  • in 2018, its employees attended 12 labour and process safety meetings organized by R&D Council of Rostekhnadzor, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Council of the Federal Committee on Economic Policy, visited the facilities of major Russian oil and gas companies with foreign shareholding for the purpose of experience sharing.

Rosneft is working together with Rostekhnadzor Science & Technology Council, with the support of Process safety committee of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, to develop a federal law on process safety, making proposals on capital construction, use and repair of equipment, expert reviews, certification of equipment, hazardous works and many other areas.