Health and safety

Safety culture

At Polyus, we believe that no economic, technical or other considerations should come before compliance with safety requirements. We are taking steps to ensure that every one of our colleagues understands and adheres to this approach.

Golden safety rules

A large-scale safety culture improvement program was launched at all of Polyus’ production assets in 2012. Its goal is to ensure that every employee is aware of his or her responsibility to operate safely and mind the safety of their colleagues. As part of the programme, Polyus developed its Golden Safety Rules: a clear and efficient code of conduct designed to minimize occupational injuries.

  • Fasten seat belt and do not use cell phones
  • Use appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Follow the requirements of policies, standards and procedures
  • Complete all regular training sessions and be in possession of all required work permits
  • Assess risks before work
  • Stop work if you notice any noncompliance and report hazardous situations
  • Check contractors’ skills and permits

We believe that every employee should be encouraged to make a personal contribution towards improving the company’s safety culture and to learn new HSE skills. Polyus offers both material and non-material incentives towards this.

Top management involvement

Polyus’ management plays an important role in setting the right example and building our corporate safety culture. The company has developed a special HSE Leadership programme which includes the corporate HSE Leadership Standard. To implement this Standard, the following programmes are carried out:

  • Training for top, middle and line managers
  • Developing and monitoring target performance indicators for managers
  • KPS that include an assessment of personal leadership achievements


Managing the safety culture successfully requires an integrated monitoring and assessment system. Polyus uses the globally recognized Bradley curve to illustrate progress.

The Bradley curve portrays the evolution of the safety culture and the efficiency of the HSE system. The curve assesses the transition from external control to a conscious attitude on the part of each employee towards labour safety. The Bradley curve considers several safety culture indicators: management commitment, procedures and standards, responsibility of line managers, motivation and involvement, training, audits, investigations, etc.

Safety culture level according to the Bradley curve in 2016-2019 and 2020 target