- At Newmont, one of our core values is to act with integrity, trust and respect.
- Newmont employees will demonstrate leadership in safety, stewardship of the environment and social responsibility.
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Health & Safety
In addition to Newmont's Safety Management Program, the company employs safety management systems, which include detailed standards and procedures. Together, these programs and systems form the cornerstone of safety at Newmont, ensuring that employees have the 'tools' they need to work safely.
The company also strives to ensure employees are fit to conduct their work in a safe manner. With this goal in mind, Newmont offers healthy meal alternatives and fitness equipment for live-in employees and provides health assessments to employees at various company sites. Newmont also closely monitors alcohol consumption, drug use and fatigue and has established procedures to manage non-conformance in these areas.
Eliminating workplace injuries is an ongoing challenge as situations change and new hazards are identified.
Newmont regularly measures its health, safety and loss prevention (HSLP) performance to ensure continuous improvement against planned and actual outcomes. The work culture of the company, defined as safe production, is directly influenced by what is measured and reported. As a measure of HSLP performance, Newmont monitors against defined leading and lagging indicators to assess overall HSLP effectiveness, performance and safe production. Leading indicators are designed to drive and measure activities that are carried out proactively to control and prevent illness and injury, loss to property and process. Lagging indicators provide one measure of information to the company around undesired events that resulted in harm to people and/or loss of process and property.
Good companies have good safety performance. Better companies focus on safety performance as a core value and strive for superior performance. A great company is one that achieves and sustains superior performance, and yet continues to improve through the value of "Business Excellence Through Safety."
Business Excellence Through Safety is a different way of considering safety. Safety is not an icon, mounted on a pedestal, to be revered. It requires a considerable investment of time and resources and is expected to deliver an average rate of return. When Business Excellence is pursued through safety, consequential benefits of efficiency and cost savings are realized that otherwise would not be recognized.
At Newmont, Business Excellence Through Safety is a process whereby hazard identification and removal/management or incident investigations are supplemented with additional processes and culture. It allows people to look beyond the obvious and identify the benefits that generally are inherent (but not crystallized) in corrective initiatives. Success in this aspect of safety management provides real rates of return on investments - beyond the usual- and represents one of the ways that great safety performance can make Newmont a great company.
People, Environment and Communities
Rapid Response is a process that mitigates and prevents the escalation of adverse consequences in the event that existing risk management controls fail, particularly in the event of an incident that may have the potential to seriously impact the safety of employees, the community or the environment.
The Rapid Response process:
- Provides appropriate support to an affected site and/or region to complement their technical response to an incident.
- Minimizes the impact on the company by considering the environmental, strategic, legal, financial and public image aspects of the incident.
- Ensures communications are being carried out in accordance with legal and ethical requirements.
- Identifies actions that need to be taken on a broader scale than can be predicted by those involved in overcoming the immediate hazards.
Newmont conducts regular training exercises in Rapid Response to ensure it is ready to respond to serious events. Rapid Response provides a corporate-wide, common and tested procedure that will allow an appropriate response to any circumstance, in any geographic location, in a predictable and measurable manner.