Health & Safety
We strive to ensure that every individual within the Company understands that safety is their responsibility
CAML has a Group approach to health and safety and considers safety to be of the utmost importance to the business. The Group targets zero lost time injuries (‘LTI’), although has unfortunately fallen short of this in 2018 with six LTIs at Sasa and two at Kounrad. CAML’s Total Recordable Injury Frequency rate (‘TRIFR’) at 3.76 is below average, and a particularly low score compared with other predominantly underground miners.
CAML has fully integrated health and safety management systems at both sites and safety teams report to both the site General Directors and the Sustainability Director. Rigorous health and safety monitoring is employed at our operations and fed back to CAML’s CEO and the Board through the Sustainability Committee. All relevant national health and safety standards in the countries of operation are adhered to, including, where possible, compliance with international standards such as ISO.
CAML ensures that all employees and contractors are sufficiently trained and understand what is expected of them in terms of health and safety. Significant emphasis is placed on ensuring the appropriate personal protective equipment (‘PPE’) is provided to ensure they are appropriately supplied for their specific tasks. Fully equipped medical centres are present at both operations, staffed with dedicated trained and qualified medical staff and all staff undergo regular independent medical checks.
As a Group, and also as a regulatory requirement, all operations need to have in place emergency response plans and have comprehensively equipped teams that can respond in the event of an emergency. Wherever practically possible, safety issues that are identified in the workplace are engineered out and/or additional safety measures taken to mitigate the risk.
Sasa employees six full-time safety engineers. During 2018, CAML appointed a new Health and Safety Manager, who is predominantly based at Sasa. Sasa has one clinic on-site, which is staffed 24 hours per day and one ambulance. There is an emergency response and mine rescue team on-site comprising employees from the operation. Regular drills and practices are undertaken, and a new emergency response coordinator was hired in 2018. Over $50,000 was spent on new emergency response equipment during the year. Three external health and safety inspections were made during 2018.
Kounrad has two medical clinics with eight paramedics providing 24 hour care. There are two ambulances on site serving the Western Dumps and Eastern Dumps and a dedicated fire team with a fire engine and full breathing apparatus on site.
During 2018, two external official health and safety inspections were conducted and in accordance with the last unscheduled inspection in November, no non-compliances were identified. Two external official fire safety inspections were undertaken, again with no non-compliances identified.