Petra Diamonds Limited Sustainability Report 201218HEALTH AND SAFETY" The safety of all employees is our number one priority"
Petra Diamonds Limited Sustainability Report 201219HEALTH AND SAFETYHealth and SafetyInstilling a safety cultureOur approach and key issuesThe health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Our approach to health and safety is centred upon a process of continuous risk assessment. We systematically review all operational tasks, identify and respond to associated risks and ensure our processes develop in line with the evolution of our operations with the aim of creating a zero harm environment.At an operational level, our Group Health and Safety Strategy is implemented through a hierarchy of policies and codes of practices, which are regularly reviewed. These include:$ Codes of Practices, some of which are mandatory and some voluntary;$ policies;$ procedures;$ working practices;$ visual control standards;$ risk assessments;$ planned task observations;$ special instructions;$ permits and licences; and$ SHE registers and a reporting structure.In order for us to drive continuous improvement of our health and safety performance we undertake regular internal and external audits to ensure we meet developing best practice standards and comply with international standards such as OHSAS 18001, as well as relevant local laws and regulations. In addition, regular audits enable us to identify best practice at individual mines which can be rolled out across the rest of the Group.Our Finsch and Cullinan mines have OHSAS 18001 certification, an international occupational health and safety management system specification, and we expect to implement this standard across the other underground pipe mines in due course.We continuously communicate and engage with employees on health and safety issues in order to get their input and ensure they are aware of developments. We also provide appropriate health and safety training to all of our employees. All mines have formal arrangements in place to help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programmes.We recognise that our health and safety policies have to tackle issues which impact local communities and cannot be restricted to operational issues. Local community health issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria all impact the health of our workforce and we have therefore established programmes to both raise awareness of these threats and their possible prevention, as well as offering programmes at certain operations to treat them.SafetyWe target zero fatalities and aim to achieve a 20% improvement in our LTIFR year on year. In pursuit of this target, we have adopted Mining Industry Occupational Health and Safety ("MOSH"), an initiative by the South African Chamber of Mines to improve health and safety standards across the industry through the identification, promotion and application of best practice. Through MOSH, Petra has implemented initiatives to fit proximity devices sensors ("PDS") on vehicles (refer to case study on page 22), significantly improve noise and dust suppression and decrease fall of ground ("FOG") incidents.We measure our safety performance on a range of metrics including LTIFR, FIFR, Total Injury Frequency Rate ("TIFR"), and shifts lost as a result of injuries and fatalities. During FY 2012, we very regrettably recorded one fatality at our Kimberley Underground operation in South Africa following an accident in the underground engineering mechanical workshop at the Bultfontein mine whilst an LHD was being serviced. We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.Various corrective measures such as revision of the Trackless Mobile Machinery Code of Practice, load tests being done on all support units and the retraining of employees on risk assessments were put in place to prevent a reoccurrence. We achieved a LTIFR for the Year of 1.13 per 200,000 hours worked, in comparison to a LTIFR of 0.80 in FY 2011. Despite this, our performance in relation to comparable underground mining operations in South Africa is good. Going into FY 2013, we are working hard to improve on this performance. Health and SafetyThe health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Our approach to health and safety is centred upon a process of continuous risk assessment.SUMMARY$ We undertake regular internal and external audits to ensure we meet developing best practice standards and comply with international standards$ We continuously communicate and engage with employees on health and safety issues$ We recognise that our health and safety policies have to tackle issues which impact local communities and cannot be restricted to operational issues$ We focus safety programmes on reinforcing correct, while correcting errant, behaviour