Safety and Social Performance

  • The company cannot achieve its technical and financial objectives without the support of all stakeholders.
  • This support depends on how the company cares for its employees (in terms of safety and wellness), the environment and the community in the area surrounding its operations. It must also observe regional and national laws.
  • A board committee specifically deals with Health, Safety, Environmental, Quality and Compliance issues.
  • The Safety and Environmental strategies focus on hazard identifications; risk assessments; standard operating procedures and codes of practice; audits via the supervisory structure and corrective action. Near miss incidents, in terms of harm or damage, provide important subjects for analysis to support risk assessments.
  • The following progress has been made:
    • 3.7 million fatality-free shifts (no fatalities since March 2009).
    • A consistent ongoing decline in accident rates.
    • International certification of Health, Safety and Environmental standards including ISO 14001 / OHSAS 18 001.
    • There have been no major environmental incidents at PPM.
    • The LTIFR 2015 is 0.23.
  • The pursuit of wellness amongst employees involves the measurement of heat and noise levels and airborne pollutants in the work place and routine medical examinations.
  • This is supplemented by wellness campaigns covering specific risks e.g. HIV/AIDS. These are extended into the communities.