Management of ill health

Fitness to work assessment

Under the Kazakh regulations, all newly-recruited employees undergo medical examination, while those workers whose job is associated with exposure to harmful factors must also undergo annual periodic evaluations.  This activity is closely supervised and monitored by the KPO Health Department.

In addition to statutory examinations, all KPO employees were also offered free medical screening to determine one’s general health status.

KPO Fitness to Work procedures were reviewed to match the IOGP guidelines, and to merge with local regulatory requirements.  OGUK Fitness to Work evaluation performed by internationally accredited doctors and will be made available in Aksai and Uralsk by 2019.

Health Risk Assessments

Health risk assessment (HRA) is a key element of KPO health management system. All KPO operational activities are subject to HRA with regular reviews and re-assessments.

We evaluate similar exposure groups (or job groups) by a team consisting of the assessment unit representative, HSE professional and Occupational Health and Hygiene specialist. Line management implements the HRA mitigation measures, and their closure is monitored through the Synergi action tracking system.

In 2018, KPO conducted 257 Health risk assessments (HRAs). These included HRA of safety critical positions, ergonomics assessments and changes to workplace risks.  The approach on conducting HRAs was updated in 2018 with a focus on units. The 2018’s assessments covered Bolshoi Chagan and Atyrau Terminal. Other units’ assessments will follow in 2019 and further.

Occupational Diseases

There were no occupational illnesses observed in KPO in the period of 2013-2018.

Occupational diseases frequency in KPO, 2008-2018

KPO applies the frequency of occupational diseases calculated as follows:
Occupational diseases frequency (per million of man-hours) = number
of occupational diseases x 1,000,000 / man-hours.

Absenteeism monitoring

KPO Health Department monitors and analyses sickness absence among employees.

The medical insurance service provider submits daily hospitalisation and patient follow-up reports to the Health Department. The Health Department also monitors temporary sickness absence by analysing sickness certificates, which is then used to identify trends.  The medical insurance is part of the Collective Agreement between KPO and Trade Unions.

Absenteeism rates in KPO remain stable as given in graph below. The small increase over the last six years may be explained by the gradually increasing uptake of medical services, and a change in legislation.

KPO Absenteeism rate, 2010-2018

Note: The following method is applied in KPO to calculate the Absenteeism rate:

  • The absenteeism rate = actual number of days lost due to absence in the workplace (because of illness) x 100 / total quantity of workers. Data of days missed for other reasons is not available.
  • Calculation method for absenteeism adopted in KPO is based on the number of employees (not man-hours) as required by regulatory authorities.