Occupational Health and Safety
Our OHS Policy
Base Titanium's 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.
The “Base Way” demands that work is halted for any unsafe practice, hazards and incidents; that they are reported and safety fixes implemented.
Safety is the Base Way
“Safety is the Base way” encompasses all things that drive our culture. It starts from the first time people come onto the mine site. We instill the values of being your brother’s keeper, halting any unsafe work practices and actively encourage reporting of hazards. 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 Titanium staff, but also for our contractors.
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 reinforced.
All levels of management, from supervisors through to general managers, play a vital role in both systems support and culture building by participating in formal safety inspections and safety communication forums.
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 is established on site and staffed round the clock by qualified medical practitioners. The OH&S team conducts health and well-being talks, provides first aid training and carries out health and hygiene inspections, occupational health surveys and monitoring on a monthly basis.
Application of our OH&S standards has led to achievements that are comparable to the top performing mines across the globe. Nevertheless we challenge ourselves to continuously improve the culture, systems and standards to maintain our 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||27,419,799|
|Date of last LTI||3-Feb-14|
|Man hours worked since last LTI||18,842,716|
|Cumulative LTIFR since project commencement||0.109|
LTI - Lost Time Injury
LTIFR - LTI Frequency Rate (No. of LTIs X 1,000,000 ÷ Man Hours Worked)
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 2.3 in Western Australia.