Occupational Health and Safety

Creating, maintaining and continuously improving a safe and healthy working environment for our employees and communities forms a cornerstone of our corporate culture. Ensuring safe working conditions always comes first.

Safety culture

Our OHS Policy

The Base Occupational Health and Safety (“OH&S”) policy is the foundation on which our culture and systems are built and forms a key area of accountability. With Kenyan legislation as our minimum standard and international best practice as our goal we believe that no business comes before safety. Our OH&S policy is displayed in all offices, training rooms and on appropriate site notice boards. The “Base Way” demands that work is halted for any unsafe practice, hazards and incidents are reported and safety fixes implemented.

Safety is the Base Way

Safety talk

Safety is the Base way” encompasses all things that drive our culture. It starts from the first time people come onto the mine site. This culture is driven by a robust and evolving safety management system. Every employee, contractor and visitor receives a safety induction before entering site. Safety training programmes are provided, not only for Base staff, but also for our contractors. They include hazard and risk management courses as well as specific high risk activity training such as work at heights. Communication is the key and there are several forums including health and safety meetings, toolbox meetings and shift pre-start meetings where safety messages are delivered and procedures introduced and reinforced.

Maintenance Work

All levels of management play a vital role in both systems support and culture building by participating in formal safety inspections and safety communication forums. Supervisors conduct hazard inspections and submit near hit reports and all employees are empowered to stop work under unsafe conditions.

Safety performance is measured by both lead and lag indicators. Inspections, hazard reports, corrective action closures are some of the lead indicators measured; injury frequency rates are some of the lag indicators. By focusing on lead or positive indicators, the frequency of lag indicators diminishes.

We also believe in the health and well-being of all our employees. All employees undergo medical assessments before and during employment. A fully equipped clinic has been established on site and is staffed by qualified medical practitioners round the clock. The OH&S team conducts health and well-being talks, provides first aid training and carries out health and hygiene inspections and occupational health baseline surveys and monitoring.

Safety Performance

We are proud of our world-class safety record and continuously strive to maintain and improve on our performance.
LTIs since project commencement in October 2011 Three
Man hours worked since project commencement 18,724,634
Date of last LTI 3-Feb-14
Man hours worked since last LTI 10,147,551
Cumulative LTIFR since project commencement 0.160

Definitions
LTI - Lost Time Injury
LTIFR - LTI Frequency Rate (No. of LTIs X 1,000,000 ÷ Man Hours Worked)

Safety harness

Safety talk

Our investment in safety training and rigorous enforcement of systems is paying dividends and has resulted in an enviable safety record. The LTIFR to date compares favourably with some of the best performing mines globally and is significantly better than the All Mines average LTIFR of 2.2 in Western Australia.