Ensuring people are healthy and safe
The health, safety and well-being of our employees come first. We understand that our operational environment may be hazardous. For this reason the identification and management of material risks are crucial in our business approach. We consistently strive to create a zero harm working environment, regardless where our people work or what type of work they are engaged in.
We are committed to zero harm and have put in place rigorous processes to ensure that every employee and contractor finishes his or her work day as safely and as healthy as they were when they reported for work. Every day we strive to eliminate fatalities while reducing the number and severity of injuries.
Utilising a formalised, integrative Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management system is essential in enabling Rössing Uranium to optimise, coordinate and manage our operations, personnel, plant and equipment. This management system also informs our interactions with the environment and communities in a manner that demonstrates the company’s consistent application of best practices.
The structure of the HSE management system generally follows the layout of common international standards such as the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 14001 (Environment) and the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory series (OHSAS) of British Standard (BS) 18001. The HSE management system is designed to assist in the achievement of our HSEC goals, which include our legal obligations.
An auditing programme periodically evaluates the effectiveness of our HSE management system. All potential impacts are listed on a risk register with related mitigating and operational controls. However, our approach to the health and safety of our employees goes beyond compliance and we seek to achieve year-on-year improvement.
A new facility in the form of a training zone was launched in 2017. The purpose of erecting this training zone is for trainees to practically conduct hazard identification exercises in a controlled environment, and to improve general safety awareness on various HSE aspects and risks.