Although many of Barrick’s mining operations are located in uninhabited areas, other operations are on or near lands already occupied or used by other people.
While our presence near these communities can have many positive impacts, including jobs, economic activity, training and improved infrastructure, it can also carry adverse impacts that may impact the safety of surrounding communities, including increased traffic. Safety is part of Barrick’s culture and we are committed to reducing these impacts and ensuring the safety and security of local community members and our employees.
Where there are significant potential risks to the safety of host communities, Barrick requires all sites to collaborate with these communities in developing a community safety program.
A community safety program identifies the activities required to mitigate all significant potential safety risks, including, at a minimum, those related to road safety, access to emergency response and preparedness, and hazardous material transport. These programs are developed and implemented collaboratively with local external stakeholders, including the local community. In addition, obligations for community safety are often included in permitting and regulatory requirements.
The company has developed guidance materials that help sites and communities identify and manage together local safety risks, through the development of a community safety management plan. We have implemented these guidance materials at sites where community safety has been identified as a high risk, such as Pueblo Viejo (in the Dominican Republic), Lumwana (in Zambia), and Veladero (in Argentina).
At our Lumwana mine, where traffic has been identified as a particular concern by the community, we have developed with local stakeholders a program to provide road safety and traffic awareness classes for community members.
Community Safety at Lumwana
One of the major impacts of the Lumwana mine is the increase in vehicular traffic in the local community. This has posed challenges to community members with regard to road safety. In response, and in accordance with the CRMS, Lumwana developed a Community Safety Plan. The Plan was developed in collaboration with key stakeholders such as the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local community leaders. It involved the carrying out of Formal Risk Assessments in which all the partners went through problems and identified opportunities and alternative courses of action. A Community Safety program is now in place through which community members are educated on road safety, trespassing and other issues through a local NGO, the Solwezi Empowerment Forum. Partly as a result of this plan, the number of accidents on the T5 road between Solwezi and Lumwana has been reduced by more than 50%.
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