#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The problem of protecting the health of metallurgists during all the years of Soviet power was one of the important state tasks. Decisions on disease prevention and health promotion were adopted at party congresses. There was a powerful system for preventing occupational diseases. Thanks to regular professional examinations, the workers were diagnosed with symptoms of occupational diseases in the early stages. The sanitary standards of enterprises were also regularly checked.
Congresses, meetings, sessions at the highest level, including the 1983 conference with the participation of Norilsk representatives, were devoted to maintaining the existing system and changing standards.
In 1983, the minister of non-ferrous metallurgy, Peter Lomako, turned 79 years old, half of which he devoted to metallurgy. The creator of the domestic aluminum industry was directly related to the construction of the Nadezhda metallurgical plant.
In the same 1983, in September, the minister was on a regular visit to the Nadezhda, where he held a meeting on the issue of bringing the second stage to its design capacity. A medical report was also prepared for the visit. It said that all the workers of the plant had undergone fluorographic examination, and that chronic patients, disabled workers were under dispensary supervision.
By the end of the year, out of more than five thousand workers of the plant, almost eight hundred people improved their health in sanatoriums, holiday facilities and the Norilsk dispensary Valyok.
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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive