A safe workplace is more than just policies and standards – it requires active participation. We believe that most, if not all, accidents are preventable, and “less safe” behaviors are the primary cause of injuries, fatalities and “near misses.” As a result, Newmont’s efforts focus on driving behavior changes, while also continuing to advance system improvements that lead to a safer work environment.
Newmont’s Safety Journey
Newmont’s “Safety Journey” is a company-wide program designed to assist individuals, teams, sites and regions with fully integrating safety into everything we do. The Journey is used to help our people identify risks and take the actions necessary to create a safety culture across the globe.
Since introducing the Safety Journey, we have evolved the program to engage all members of our workforce to make safety personal. Our focus on "Vital Behaviors" – a program that helps identify the handful of high-leverage behaviors that will eliminate fatalities and injuries in the workplace – further aims to integrate safety into everything we do.
Vital Behavior workshops bring together employees to share stories where someone was or could have been seriously hurt in the workplace. They identify the key behaviors that would prevent people from getting into these situations, and what personal, social and structural influences, or “plays,” could be employed to foster these vital behaviors and discourage less safe behaviors.
Opinion leaders – who are selected by frontline workers – then share the vital behaviors and playbook with the rest of the workforce, and ask for their commitment. The results to date have been encouraging, and suggest that this bottom-up, proactive approach has helped improve safety performance.
Contract workers comprise 57 percent of Newmont’s total workforce, and managing contractor safety is just as crucial as managing employee safety. Our Process Improvement Team focuses on ensuring our contractor health and safety performance meets or exceeds our employee performance.
Fatigued workers can create unsafe work environments, especially when operating a vehicle or heavy equipment. We recognize that the management of fatigue is a shared responsibility between the Company and its people. Our global fatigue management standard – which applies to employees, contractors and visitors at all of our operations, projects and facilities – addresses personnel fatigue through prevention, training and education, detection technology and risk mitigation.
Technology improvements and innovation can provide tremendous opportunities to manage, or even remove, risks from the work environment.
Recently, Newmont has tested fatigue monitoring devices in our haul trucks which alert drivers and supervisors when the driver exhibits signs of fatigue. Another technology we are testing is autonomous drilling, which removes the operator from the drilling site to a safer location where the drill is operated remotely. We also work closely with equipment manufacturers to improve equipment design to reduce or eliminate risks.
Performance Tracking and Auditing
Tracking our safety performance is critical to understanding root causes and determining actions to prevent recurrence.
Newmont uses a global management tool to standardize business processes, track preventative and corrective actions, and share best practices. We report our safety performance in our Annual Sustainability Report. Newmont’s systems are based on the internationally accepted Occupational Health and Safety Audit System (OHSAS) 18001 standards. These standards define the requirements for establishing, implementing and operating our systems and provide independent verification through third-party audits. We also conduct comprehensive internal audits at our operating and project sites.