Our response to COVID-19
Severstal is adhering to the recommendations issued by the
Government of the Russian Federation and the regional authorities with regard
topreventive and other measures to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.
To minimise risk to all employees at all Company business units and offices,
Severstal has introduced a number of initiatives to prevent the spread of
infection and protect employees from the pandemic:
Mandatory sanitation and disinfection at all premises;
Strict observance of social distancing measures – a distance of 1.5 meters
is maintained, with warning signs on the floor in public places;
Checking employees’ temperature levels upon arrival at work;
Restrictions placed on business travel abroad and recommendations to reduce
trips withinRussia as much as possible;
Suspension of all organised activities and meetings involving 20 people or
Discontinuation of mandatory entrance breathalyser checks at Company sites
from 17 March; alternative procedures with a lower risk of spreading infection
have been adopted;
Remote working, where possible;
Requiringcolleagues returning from abroad to work from home for a period of
14 days where possible; in other cases employees are relieved of their work
duties for a period of 14 days, and compensated based on average earnings;
Implementing enhanced hygiene and cleaning measures;
Distribution of enhanced health and safety hygiene advice to all
Regular newsletter distributed via internal communication channels,
introduction of a Coronavirus Hot-line.
Alexey Mordashov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal, requested
a one-off bonus ofapproximately 10 thousand rubles to be paid to all
Companyemployees, excluding the “Top-100”. The total bonus amount exceeds 500
Given the specific production processesin place at some Company unites, a
number of additional restrictions and requirements apply.
Cherepovets Steel Mill
Stationary thermal imagers have been introduced to help security officers
identify people with high body temperature as they pass through checkpoints.
Deviations are indicated by warning lights installed on the ceiling. The
equipment has passed all necessary commissioning tests.
2. Since April 15, entrance to the plant through the checkpoint (including by
vehicle) is allowed only when wearing personal protective equipment (PPE),
including a respirator and protective eyewear. Violation of these requirements
are subject to disciplinary liability.
3. In workshops where employees (more than 5 thousand people) are in
closecontact at a distance of under 1.5 meters, protective polycarbonate
screens have been installed, and markings have beenapplied to the floors. Ata
number of divisions, employees have been seated further apart or moved to other
4. Measures have been introduced to restrict the movement of personnel
acrossthe territory of the plant: until the epidemiological situation improves,
employees are prohibited from moving between production departments, sites or
other units, except their own workplace. Movementbetween sites is only
permittedtoemployees whose responsibilities cannot be performed without
suchmovement. In addition, all employees are permittedaccess to the nearest
canteens and other organized food outlets only when wearing necessary PPE:
goggles, gloves and a respirator or protective mask. Movementbefore and after
shifts is permittedonly when wearing PPE and along established routes to the
showers, administration buildingsand checkpoints. Similar requirements to
restrict movement alsoapply to personnel of third-party organizations working
at the plant. If these requirements are not adhered to, contractors will not be
permittedto enter the enterprise and their passes will be blocked. Compliance
monitoring will be carried out by security employees. Neglecting to comply with
these requirements can be formalisedwith the participation of business unit
5. Disinfection treatment is carried out at the followingareas of the
industrial site: main roads, parking (vehicular, bicycle), bus stops, passenger
pick-up and drop-off points. When disinfecting bus stops, employees must wear
special protective suits, respirators, safety goggles, and gloves. The
disinfectant solution is safe for both people and plants.
Mining and Processing plant
1. Every two
hours, intensive disinfectant treatment is carried out at the premises and at
three stands, 15 vehiclesfor transporting workers in the mine, and 24 passenger
2. Portable breathing devices and torches are disinfected ahead of every
3. Four times a week a municipal road vehicle fromthe motor transport shop
disinfects roads and sidewalks throughout the entire site.
4. FromApril 13, the company made the use of respirators or masks, gogglesand
gloves mandatory. This applies when inside buses, at checkpoints, in the health
center, at lamp stations, on assignment. When descending and ascending on a
stand, as well as whenin cars, the use of personal protective equipment
according to standards (respirators, glasses, gloves) is mandatory.
5. In order to split up the flow of workers, seven additional buses have been
order to split up the flow of employees, alternate drop-offand admittance have
2. The "weekend” vehicle schedule has been cancelled: the number of tripsdoes
not decrease on Saturday and Sunday; additional trips have been introduced
through using additional buses.
3. To eliminatethe risk of infection in transit, personnel immediately put
onissued respirators of 2 and 3 degrees of protection and wear them all the way
to the workplace, including vehicles and stands.
4. Entrance doors are fixed open during the shift change, as are the entrance
turnstiles in administrative buildings upon the arrival/departure of regular
buses. This measure is aimed at reducing employee contact with door handles and
5. To avoid crowding, the bus cabins have been divided into sections for no
more than 20 people.
6. Alighting from transport is regulated by special traffic lights to avoid
crowds of more than 20 people
7. Six thermal imagers have been installed at all
thermal imagers have been installed at checkpoints; it expects to install two
2. FromApril 11, an additional requirement has been introduced for all company
employees without exception to wear protective glasses and respirators/masks
when moving on the territory of the industrial site, as well as on buses and
3. Since the end of March, the company has been working to avoid crowding and
minimize employee contact (passes have been issued allowing personal cars to
enter the industrial site, additional buses have been introduced)
4. The above requirements apply to both employees and
thermal imagers have been installed at checkpoints.
2. FromApril 15, employees must wear protective masks (respirators), gloves and
goggleswhen moving around the industrial site, in buses and shift change
vehicles. Masks are also required when entering the territory of the industrial
3. Movement between workshops and employee sections is permitted only in
caseswhere this is necessaryfor the performance of duties, or when entering
administrative complexes, canteensand showers;
4. The above requirements apply to both employees and contractors.
5. In order to reducethe flow of people and avoid crowdingin the showers and
when unloading buses, the company has made changes to the shift schedule for
some sections. The day shift for these sections now starts at 10.00 and ends at
22.00, and the night shift - from 22.00 to 10.00. While some employees work
according to the previous schedule – from 8.00 to 20.00. Based on these
changes, the bus schedule has also been adjusted. Employees are also
temporarily permittedto enter the plant intheir own transport with a personal