Safety Committees

In 2016, seventy-two employees (same as 2015), which accounts for approximately 5% of our full time workforce, were represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees. All of our main departments at the Bisha Mine have safety representatives from the respective departments as well as a designated Safety Officer from the Health and Safety Department who monitors daily safety talks as part of all pre-shift meetings. There are mandatory monthly departmental health and safety meetings chaired by the various heads of departments. All supervisors, managers, and leaders are involved in regular inspections (three times per month) and a monthly safety audit. Action plans are developed to address any potential shortfalls and are reflected in the various departmental objectives, which are then shared with all employees at monthly meetings.

Health & Safety Related Stakeholder Engagement – Eritrea

The Government of Eritrea’s Impact Review Committee (IRC), a multi-departmental regulatory body, has directed the Company to focus on issues such as musculoskeletal illnesses, dust, and noise monitoring. The Company has taken steps to address these by promoting interdepartmental football/soccer, running, cycling and walking competitions alongside awards. The necessary equipment has been purchased and occupational health personal dust monitoring has started. Dust samples were collected across Bisha two times in 2016 (February & May). The results indicated that almost all are below the work exposure limit in regards to particulates, inhalable and respirable dust, except minor concern on lead and sulphuric acid, which are manageable. Risk based biological health monitoring will commence in 2017 and is planned to be upgraded with blood tests for multiple metals.

Stakeholder Group Topic of Concern                         Company
(Brief Description) Response
IRC Dust, Noise and Dust -availability and use of appropriate dust mask, FFP3; Dustex is implemented and continuing; Wetting the Ore at Run-of-mine
Musculoskeletal diseases based on the medical statistics work injuries Noise-continuously monitored and applicable prevention is in place; 
Musculoskeletal concern is proven that it was not work related diseases.
Injuries- more Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) produced and being translated into the local language; Basic Risk Assessment training provided to the workforce; Team Based Risk Assessment training is in progress with Supervisors; ICAM Incident Investigations are conducted to avoid reoccurrence 
Labour PPE usage, Lime mixing dust PPE usage training provided; suction system in the lime mixing
Inspectors plant repaired
Department of Labour Incidents focused on injuries Injuries- more SOPs produced and being translated into local language; Basic Risk Assessment training provided to the workforce; Team Based Risk Assessment training is in progress with Supervisors; ICAM Incident Investigations are conducted to avoid reoccurrence