- 2014 Performance
- Future Focus
Newmont’s goal is a culture of zero harm – defined as a workplace free from injuries and illnesses and measured by zero fatalities and the lowest injury and occupational illness rates by 2018 among International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) member companies.
To achieve this goal and lead the industry in health and safety, we place equal focus on two key areas to drive our performance – the systems and processes that detail our commitments and requirements, and the behaviors and culture that motivate people to choose more healthy and safe choices.
Newmont’s commitment to protect the health and safety of our employees, business partners and visitors is articulated in our Health and Safety Policy. A set of management and technical standards – which are included in our global Health and Safety Management System – provide the governance, structure and minimum requirements to achieve our goal and continually improve our performance.
Newmont’s Safety Journey – our global strategy to achieve zero harm – focuses on four strategic areas:
- Health and Safety Leadership – A truly sustainable safety culture requires visible felt leadership – where leaders demonstrate accountability for the safety of their teams and a genuine commitment to caring about people. Recognizing the important role of frontline supervisors in building a culture of zero harm, in 2014, we launched a Safety Leadership Coaching program focused on improving frontline supervisors’ safety leadership.
- Behaviors and Engagement – Creating an environment where people feel empowered to only work safely, stop work when they feel at risk, and have the courage to approach others when they see less safe behaviors or hazards is vital to achieving a culture of zero harm. Our Vital Behaviors program, which is led by opinion leaders from throughout the ranks, helps workers identify and reinforce the behaviors that matter most to them. Personal safety plans and our performance management system also help support efforts to engage employees and encourage them to improve their own safety attitudes, behaviors and beliefs.
- Fatality Prevention – Our critical risk management process identifies the key health and safety risks in our business. We have increased our focus on identifying and managing critical controls – those controls that can either prevent serious incidents from happening or minimize the consequences if such an incident were to occur. Our internal health and safety audit program tests compliance with the systems and standards that govern risk management and other aspects of our health and safety program. Our site-based systems are aligned to Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 standards.
- Occupational Health and Wellness – Positively influencing the health and wellbeing of our people and reducing harmful operational health exposures are as vital as protecting their safety. We focus on three areas of performance – industrial hygiene, medical services and wellness. Health risk assessments and chemical management plans aim to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control a variety of occupational health hazards. Education on nutrition and exercise, “fit-for-duty” programs and on-site healthcare clinics with trained medical professionals are designed to raise awareness and promote overall better health.
We measure our health and safety performance by tracking lagging indicators – such as injury rates – as well as important leading indicators – such as safety interactions and the completion of actions – that influence our performance. All significant incidents and accidents are investigated. Investigations and corrective actions to prevent reoccurence related to serious potential events, serious accidents and all fatalities are reported to the executive leadership team and Board of Directors.
Technical training is provided to all employees working at our mine sites, and safety inductions are conducted for all visitors to our sites. All members of our mine rescue and emergency response teams participate in specialized training as well as competitions and mock drills.