The overwhelming part of the funds was allocated to environmental and working safety, as well as injury prevention measures at UWC’s production facilities on the Tikhvin Industrial Site.
The funding was primarily used to purchase personal protective equipment and implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the acquisition of masks, gloves, non-contact thermometers, antiseptics, bactericidal lamps, a thermovisor, treatment of the premises and territory using disinfectants, creation of a thermometry team, and PCR tests for employees of the Industrial Site. In March 2021, a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign of the Site employees was held at the Tikhvin Central District Hospital.
Last year more than 8,000 employees at the Tikhvin Industrial Site underwent OHS training and testing. The training was conducted using distance learning solutions and, where these were not possible, offline in compliance with the applicable sanitary and epidemiological standards and regulations.
As part of preventive measures to reduce workplace injuries and occupational illnesses, compulsory periodic medical examinations of employees, measures to minimize industrial hazards and special assessment of working conditions were carried out. The company also arranged health resort treatment for its factory staff, whose work includes exposure to industrial hazards.
Other significant steps taken in 2020 to improve working conditions included an overhaul of sanitary rooms and piping replacement in shower rooms, installation of air and heat curtains on shop gates and a retrofit of the internal lighting system.
The systematic and consistent effort put by the UWC Group to ensure industrial safety helps keep the number of injuries at its hazardous full-cycle railcar production facilities steadily low over the course of several years.