April 28th marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Protecting the health and safety of our people is a core value at Newmont. Our team has lowered injury rates by 50 percent over the last three years to among the lowest in the mining sector. Our programs focus on engaging employees, contractors and visitors to promote safe and healthy behaviors; implementing critical controls to prevent fatalities and reduce health exposures; and applying lessons learned from incidents that do occur.
The theme of this year’s World Day for Safety and Health is “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge.” The causes of stress are many and triggers are different for everyone. If the underlying cause of stress is not addressed, and is sustained over a long period of time (chronic stress), it can progress to more serious health problems.
Newmont’s wellness programs – such as nutrition and fitness education, work/ life balance, “fit-for-duty” programs and on-site healthcare clinics with trained health professionals – are designed to raise awareness about stress-related illnesses and promote the overall health of our people. Through these and other efforts, our goal is to eliminate all injuries and illnesses, including workplace stress.
As you will see from this video, Newmont’s Safety Journey requires visible felt leadership where leaders demonstrate accountability for the safety and health of their teams and a genuine commitment to people:
Read more about Newmont’s ongoing journey towards zero harm in our 2015 Beyond the Mine Report.