Safety and health
Mining is a high-risk industry and our on-site employees work in challenging conditions. We have worked consistently to understand these risks, learn from previous incidents and implement risk-mitigating processes and behaviour patterns.
Somima details the Company’s safety vision, principles, policy and safety management system standards. It includes a concise set of behavioural safety golden rules and standards against fatal risk.
All business units and sites have Safety Improvement Plans which drive continuous performance improvement and are aligned with the Company ‘s systematic and standardised approach to safety management.
More than their commitment alone, our leaders are required to show ‘visible-felt leadership’. This means that our executives – from board members to the mine general managers – engage in regular visits to observe people at work and talk to them about operational and safety issues. This is important as it allows leaders to recognise and reinforce safe behaviour and discuss the potential consequences of unsafe conduct.
We remain committed to working with regional governments and unions to achieve a breakthrough in safety performance at Somima as well as in the mining industry at large.
Our target and vision in occupational health at Somima is zero harm. This requires us preventing people from being exposed to occupational risks in the workplace. If an occupational illness does occur, it is our responsibility to do whatever is necessary to learn from the experience and put measures in place that will safeguard the health of our people.
We also actively promote good health for our people. All operations have programmes aimed at maintaining and improving the health of employees.
Somima is committed to achieving a zero-incident work environment with a safety culture based on teamwork and safety leadership. The company’s Safety and Health Policy states that nothing is more important to Somima than the safety, health and well-being of workers and their families.