Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing injuries and fatalities at work, on the road, at home, and in the community. Throughout the year Newmont focuses on protecting the safety, health and wellness of our people by identifying, assessing and managing risk, and by choosing safer behaviors to reach our goal of zero harm.
As highlighted earlier in our Safety Month series, systematic risk management and an engaged and empowered workforce are central to successfully preventing fatalities and injuries. In addition to these key drivers, we are focused on leveraging the influence of leaders to promote excellence in safety across our business.
Visible and felt leadership is central to achieving higher levels of safety performance by our workforce.
In May 2016, Newmont’s Boddington mine in Australia put this strategy to work by launching the Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) mentor program. In this pilot initiative, senior leaders use a coaching process to help their direct reports develop the skills needed to have productive interactions about safety and involve all team members.
The program conducts monthly workshops that engage HSRs on key topics such as lead investigation training, health and hygiene management, safety systems training, meeting facilitation and effective communication. The leaders also go through in-the-field exercises that give them a chance to practice what they have learned. Providing our operational leadership the skills, knowledge and support they need to deliver key health and safety messages to their teams reinforce a culture where everyone is equipped to challenge unsafe behaviors, on and off the job.
Nurturing a culture of safety requires that all employees share the same values, practices and attitudes about risk.
While our team achieved industry leading safety rates in 2016, our work to create a sustainable safety culture is ongoing. This year, we are focused on building confidence in our Fatality Risk Management program; bringing increased recognition to individuals who provide innovative solutions to addressing risks; and improving our investigation processes to aid and promote learning from unwanted events – among many other health and safety efforts.