safety-health

Mining can be dangerous.

Exposure to mining equipment, harsh weather conditions, loud noises, potential rock falls, dangerous chemicals, confined spaces, slips, trips and operator error can all contribute to workplace injuries.

Therefore, safety is a significant concern for the mining business. Barrick is committed to achieving a zero-incident work environment with a safety culture based on teamwork and leadership. Nothing is more important than the safety, health and well-being of our workers and their families.

Operating a safe workplace is our commitment to our employees and the way we do business. It goes hand-in-hand with operational success.

Our safety vision:
Every person going home safe and healthy every day

 

Our Approach

Barrick’s Safety & Health Policy and Safety & Health Management System are the primary tools that guide our efforts to achieve zero incidents. They require safety and occupational health evaluation, as well as planning and design to be integrated into our business development strategies. Safe production is always our goal, and these tools help sites stay committed to continuous improvement in safety performance.

We have implemented important safety and health programs and activities, training for all employees, special training for emergency response teams, performance measurement, risk-assessment processes, recognition programs for safety achievement, and a steady flow of information to keep people focused on continuous safety improvement. Regular corporate assurance reviews at our operations help identify safety and occupational health hazards and confirms that effective controls are in place and monitored for continued improvement and effectiveness. When safety and health assurance reviews identify deficiencies, we pinpoint the root causes so that preventive actions can be implemented.

In 2016, we continued an eleven-year trend of improving our total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR). Since 2005, there has been an 86 percent improvement in the TRIFR (from 2.79 to 0.40 in 2016).

Our Progress

  • In 2016, we regret to report a fatality and a severe safety incident at Barrick. Meckson Kakompe was fatally injured in Lumwana during a haul truck fire. He was just 32 and is survived by a wife and five children. A Barrick Goldstrike employee suffered a significant injury during a safety training simulation. After many months of recovery, he is back at home and has been cleared for sedentary duty. 
  • A culture of teamwork and courageous safety leadership contributed to an eleven-year trend of improving our total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR).  Since 2005, there has been an 86 percent improvement in the TRIFR (from 2.79 to 0.40 in 2016).
  • In 2016, 11 of our 25 workplaces, including operations, projects, offices, and exploration sites, completed the entire year with no lost-time injuries. Ten of these locations also celebrated the entire year with zero reportable injuries.
  • All Barrick sites have occupational health and safety committees representing 100% of Barrick’s workers.
  • In 2016, the focus of our Safety and Health Strategy continued to be on our Fatal Risk Management Plan based on the ICMM critical control management guidance. This is a fundamental change in thinking whereby sites work to have processes in place to effectively monitor the identified controls that prevent fatalities. The Company published its Fatal Risk Management Plan guidance in early 2016 and required all sites to implement the Plan in the context of mobile equipment by the end of the year. In 2017, all sites will be asked to complete the implementation for all fatal risk categories.
  • In 2016, the Company undertook safety and health assurance reviews at all sites. In line with Barrick’s focus on Life Saving Controls, comprehensive field inspections were conducted during these reviews to assess the implementation of critical controls at an operational level.
  • Collision avoidance technology was successfully piloted at Cortez in 2016. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the technology in 2017 before recommending its use at other sites. As part of our work on collision avoidance, Barrick is a member and part of the advisory group of the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Roundtable (EMESRT) and has been working directly with equipment and technology original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to accelerate the development of collision avoidance technology for mining equipment.
  • In North America, Barrick has taken a closer look at many of the Company’s physically demanding jobs and has worked to make these less challenging. As part of this work, a physical demands assessment for each position has been conducted and new hires are now evaluated to determine that they are physically capable to do the required work. In 2017, Barrick will implement physical demands assessments for intra-company transfers. In the future, the Company hopes to conduct periodic evaluations to determine that all workers remain physically capable of performing their jobs.
  • In South America, Barrick has made significant strides in fatigue management. Through the use of smart watches, the Company is piloting the monitoring of individuals’ sleep quality in order to identify those who, due to lack of sleep, are highly likely to have a sleep event during a shift. This pilot program will be extended to North America in 2017.

Safety & Health

Full Visibility

Collision avoidance system for Cortez vehicle fleet will enhance safety on site

Priorities in 2017

  • Commitment to zero fatalities. Commitment to zero severe safety and occupational health incidents.
  • Achieve a Total Reportable Incident Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 0.32.
  • Complete the implementation of the Fatal Risk Management Plan for all of Barrick’s priority fatal risks.
  • Reduce and mitigate exposure to air emissions at all sites with the goal of eliminating workers’ need to wear respiratory protective devices, where possible.
  • Expand sleep monitoring to Barrick’s North American sites as another step to manage fatigue.
  • Assess Barrick’s Safety and Health Management System against the forthcoming ISO 45001 Safety and Health Management System Standard and work towards obtaining certification at all sites.

Fatalities

We regret to report that we had one fatality in 2016. Meckson Kakompe was fatally injured in Lumwana during a haul truck fire. He was just 32 and is survived by a wife and five children. Our goal is to send all of our people home safe and healthy every day. That we did not meet this goal in 2016 is unacceptable.

As a result of this incident, Barrick has partnered with its equipment vendors, equipment manufacturers and other mining companies to share the lessons from our investigation and address deficiencies found in the equipment design and the deployment of fire suppression systems. It is our goal that such a workplace tragedy never occurs again.

Occupational Health & Wellness

We aim to optimize employee health and well-being because poor health may increase the risk of injury and illness and can decrease productivity and our people’s quality of life. We seek to identify and manage the risks arising from physical, chemical, and other workplace hazards by anticipating, identifying, evaluating, and controlling these health hazards and exposures in the first place.

To do this, our sites carry out specific occupational health activities and programs, depending on the exposure at each site to safety risks. Barrick’s Safety & Health Policy and Safety & Health Management System are the primary tools that guide our efforts towards achieving zero incidents. They require safety and occupational health evaluation, as well as planning and design to be integrated into our business development strategies.

Barrick monitors sites to verify they are meeting industrial hygiene standards, including regulations on dust, noise control, and ergonomics. Our sites also promote wellness, including stop-smoking programs, fatigue management, travel security training, and other initiatives. Through data collection and monitoring, we have identified respiratory illness, improper body positioning that contributes to sprains and strains, fatigue, and poor lifestyle health as the top health risks within the Company. We have put in place a number of programs to address these risks.

Our goal is to create a sustained trend towards the elimination of occupational illness at our mine sites.

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Emergency Response

The ultimate goal of Barrick’s Safety and Health Management System and supporting programs is to prevent all incidents from occurring in the first place.

At the same time, the Company maintains a high degree of emergency preparedness with appropriate plans, resources, and training to minimize the impact on workers, families, the community, and operations should an emergency occur.

Based on risk assessments, our sites develop appropriate plans and provide the resources and training required to respond effectively to potential emergencies. Regular drills and simulations test emergency readiness. Visitors to any of our sites must take part in a safety induction program so that they are informed about safety precautions and emergency measures during their visit.

In addition, Barrick maintains trained emergency response teams at every site. These highly trained, skilled professionals are the first responders to any mine emergency. They are experts at first aid, firefighting, dealing with hazardous chemicals and emergency rescues.

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Emergency Response

Firefighting Skills Elevate Emergency Preparedness

At Pueblo Viejo, members of the emergency response team are now certified industrial firefighters

Safety Committees, Safety Meetings, Safety Training

Barrick believes that everyone is responsible for workplace safety. Therefore, we have safety committees at all sites and hold regular safety meetings to help address the needs of each site. Many of our operations conduct daily safety meetings, while others conduct weekly meetings.

Joint representation of managers, supervisors and workers on our safety committees helps us hold each other accountable for superior safety and health practices and provides the leadership and resources needed to achieve our vision. Safety interactions, using tools such as Visible Felt Leadership and task observation programs, are also conducted by functional areas within each operation to involve all workers in eliminating unsafe conditions in the work environment.

Along with safety committees, safety training programs are conducted for contractors and employees at all Barrick operations and projects, as well as at our office locations. This is a requirement of the Barrick Safety and Health Management System and is included in the assurance review process.  

Courageous Leadership – Courage to Care

Any mining activity carries an element of risk, and we have worked diligently to develop a culture of leadership through our Courageous Safety Leadership program. Courageous Safety Leadership has been the foundation of achieving our vision of “Every person going home safe and healthy every day” since 2004. There has been an 86% improvement in the injury frequency rate at our mines since the program was introduced.

We recently enhanced our Courageous Safety Leadership training, now known as “Courage to Care”, and rolled out the revamped program in 2015.  This is the next step in Barrick’s journey to achieve zero incidents. Courage to Care is taking us from “I make a difference” to “We make a difference” and building an interdependent culture, in which we foster strong relationships, care for others, and empower our people to make the right decisions at all levels of the Company.  Our one-day Courage to Care workshop is designed for all employees at every level of the Company, as well as for our long-term business partners.

In 2017, Barrick will continue to build on the success of Courage to Care and embed a new module emphasizing situational awareness into the training (scheduled for release mid-2017).

There has been an 86% improvement in our total reportable injury frequency rate since the introduction of the Courageous Leadership program in 2004.

Visible Felt Leadership
Barrick’s safety culture is the driving force in our everyday activities. The Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) program is a critical aspect of this. This Company-wide program encourages managers and supervisors to be active in the field daily, coaching and mentoring employees and discussing safety to reinforce the message that “no job is worth doing in an unsafe way”.

Reducing Fatal Risk Incidents

Over the past decade, we have seen a substantial improvement in our total reportable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) and other safety statistics. Although we are encouraged by this trend, we know we must continue to increase our efforts so that we can improve even further. Our goal remains zero incidents.

Through our annual risk analysis, we have identified 15 fatal risk categories that continue to be our focus for improvement going forward. The top five risk categories include: Mobile Equipment (Heavy), Mobile Equipment (Light Vehicle), Stored Energy, Fires (fixed and mobile), and Cranes and Lifting Devices. The internal assurance review process and trending analysis help to identify emerging risks, as well as to show where progress is being made towards improving controls and reducing fatal risk-related incidents.

Building on this analysis, we developed a Fatal Risk Management Plan in 2016 based on the ICMM critical control management guidance. This is a fundamental change in thinking whereby sites are required to have processes in place to effectively monitor the identified controls that work to prevent the identified fatal risks.

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