Occupational safety

The oil industry requires a high level of protection of health and safety at work and is one of the priorities and basic prerequisites for the success of the company. To ensure the best international standards and practices, in accordance with the system of managing the health, safety and the environment, INA successfully carried out the following major programs, of which testifies to the constant trend of reducing unwanted incidents.


“Safety Leadership Engagement”, a multiyear program aiming at raising awareness about the importance of work safety in daily activities and development of management skills in the field of
safety, also continued in 2018. A total number of leaders participating in one-day Safety Leadership workshops was 384, out of which 121 (32%) participated in workshops held during 2017, while 244 (64%) participated in workshops held during 2018. An overall outcome of the program since 2016, when the program was initiated, has been 95% (365/384) of the total number of leaders and team leaders.


“Life Saving Rules” present the main 10 safety rules in the works performance. The subject rules are not new, they are simple, clear, and achieve exactly what their name implies – they save lives. Non-compliance with the subject rules may cause serious injury or death. The subject rules were developed based on the feedback and lessons from practice, and they lead to a more efficient management of hazards specific to the INA Group Companies business. The rules emphasis the simple activities that individuals may undertake in order to protect themselves and their colleagues. Over 80% of all serious incidents occur as a direct result of non-compliance with one of these rules. The campaign was officially started in October 2013, when the education of INA Group employees and contractors was initiated, and today it is a part of standard practice. In accordance with the rules of safety, subprograms are carried out accompanied with recommended practices because safety will always be our priority. If you trust each other, listen and talk, we can achieve our goal: to prevent accidents and save lives. And remember, safety is the duty and responsibility of all of us.


The program “Safe driving” began in 2011 with the aim of improving awareness of the dangers in traffic and to encourage responsible driving. In the program driver is alerted to the dangers of traffic. The program is focused on young drivers, professional drivers as well as those that travel annually 20,000 km. There are basic and advanced programs that are full day and consist of theoretical and practical part on the training ground.
Roads represent different risks, and to control these risks INA of 2015 carried out the basics of safety of truck drivers. The program defined a clear and simple rules on what should and what should not be done while driving in road transport, which is the greatest risk of causing a serious accident. Compliance with these rules is mandatory for employees and contractors in the business INA Group.


In terms of safety, contractor management is a major challenge for the INA Group. Since 2013, a supplier management system in terms of HSE was introduced, which was proven successful in practice. The objective is to determine the minimum requirements and introduce work performance mechanisms for contractors in the field of HSE, in order to protect their own employees and contractor employees from occupational injuries and illnesses, as well as losses associated with emergencies, through all parts of the process. The implementation of specific steps depends on the risk level and work complexity. The basic principle is to ensure the strictest control in case of a high risk level. All contractors and subcontractors, who shall perform works in the high-risk locations of INA Group, shall implement the system and obtain the SCC certificate from 1 January 2017. The SCC (Safety Certificate for Contractors) certificate verifies the contractor commitment in the promotion of the health, safety and environment management system, and is a evidence that the contractor’s internal processes are measured and supervised according to the best practices in risk management, and that they are in compliance with them. A prerequisite for certification is that at least 90% of the operational employees (direct agents and operational management) have completed the health and safety protection training and that they have successfully passed the exam on the basis of the document. STSI d.o.o., a member of INA Group, implemented the system and obtained the SCC Certificate in 2015. (More information on HSE Contractors).