June is National Safety Month, an awareness campaign focused on reducing the leading causes of injuries and fatalities at work, on the road and in homes and communities. We are taking this opportunity to join the conversation on workplace safety and, throughout the month, we will be featuring key elements that support Newmont’s journey toward zero harm.
The safety of our people and the communities in which we operate is a core value at Newmont and central to the ongoing success of our business.
In fact, protecting our people from harm is not only the right thing to do, data indicate that safer mines are generally more productive. Effective health and safety systems minimize costly shutdowns, cultivate productive and efficient behaviors and serve as a strong recruitment tool supporting Newmont’s reputation as a good corporate citizen.
Through internal consultation and external collaboration with industry peers and organizations including the International Council on Mining and Metals, the Mining Safety Roundtable and the National Mining Association’s CORESafety program, we found that there are three key factors supporting a positive safety culture: fatality prevention, employee engagement and leadership.
We are committed to the integration of risk management at all stages of the mine lifecycle, from exploration to post-closure.
“Our continued focus is on identifying the risks that can lead to fatalities or serious injuries and implementing the appropriate systems, processes and controls to prevent them”, outlined Suresh Rajapakse, Newmont’s Vice President, Health, Safety and Security.
To continue our safety series next week, we will take a deeper dive into fatality prevention, a key driver toward achieving zero harm. In addition, we will explore the elements of our fatality risk management program that are helping us identify top risks and develop more robust controls and systems to manage them.