Health & Safety

An interdependent safety culture is one where safety is held as a value across the organization; where safety is led from the top and owned by everyone; where everyone makes a personal commitment to go home safe each and every day, and; where everyone looks out for the safety and well-being of others.

Coolcharm Mining is committed to providing our workforce with a safe and healthy workplace. The health and safety of our employees and contractors is first and foremost in all that we do.

Our approach to health and safety is simple. We believe that all occupational injuries and work-related illnesses are preventable. Our aim is ‘Zero Harm’. We’ve translated this into an operational objective of sending everyone home safe – every shift – every day.  This objective applies to our employees and our contractors, to our suppliers, and even to our visitors.

Coolcharm Mining also has an integrated Health, Safety, Environment and Communities (HSEC) Management System.  This system is based on our Responsible Mining Framework and is known as the Responsible Mining Management System (RMMS).  The RMMS is aligned to and fully compatible with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 requirements.

Additionally, all Coolcharm Mining sites provide occupational health services to their employees either through on-site clinics, through utilization of local occupational medical providers or though contracted mobile services. Each of the mine sites maintains an industrial hygiene program to regularly sample and assess workplace exposure to hazardous substances such as diesel particulate matter, silica, arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and noise.

Our goal of Zero Harm is rooted in equipping our employees with the tools, training and behaviours for achieving a safe and healthy workplace. In 2014, we embarked on a journey to establish an Interdependent Safety Culture across Coolcharm Mining. Strong leadership skills, employee involvement, and a personal commitment to safety are critical to this effort.

In this regard, we have been providing Visible Felt Safety Leadership training across the company.  The traits associated with Visible Felt Safety Leadership are essential for building sustainable and productive relationships between management, employees, contractors, local communities, customers and our shareholders.

Performance Improvement

Our focus on culture, safety and leadership has helped us to improve our safety performance year-on-year since 2012.  We measure our health and safety performing using a mix of leading and lagging indicators.  The indicator used to measure overall performance and to benchmark against our industry peers is the Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF) rate.  We also use Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) rate as a reference indicator.  All rates are calculated based on a 200,000-hour formula.  We follow the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) definition of medical treatment to classify injuries at all of our operations, and our reporting processes are aligned to the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) Health and Safety Performance Indicators manual.

Health & Safety Processes

Coolcharm Mining’s Responsible Mining Management System (RMMS) standard sets context and provides the foundation for our overall health and safety system and related processes.  Additional health and safety standards, including eleven High Consequence Protocols (HCPs), have been developed and implemented across Coolcharm Mining to supplement RMMS requirements and to address specific health and safety hazards.  The HCPs are key in that they establish the mandatory safe work program requirements that are fundamental to our fatality and significant incident prevention efforts.   

Coolcharm Mining High Consequence Protocols (HCPs)

Obligation to Refuse Unsafe Work

Personal Protective Equipment

Energy Isolation & Lockout / Tagout

Confined Space Entry

Working at Heights

Operation of Equipment

Ground Control

Lifting and Rigging

Explosives Management

Hot Work

Machine Guarding


Crisis Management Planning and Emergency Preparedness

We work to maintain a high degree of emergency preparedness across each of our operations. As part of that process, we have developed crisis management plans and strategies for each of our operations, including our corporate headquarters, and we conduct crisis management training and practice scenarios annually.  Our crisis management plans are supplemented by site-specific emergency response plans that are catered to the unique aspects of each operation.  In addition, each of our operations maintain emergency response capabilities suited to their unique working environments. 

Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health

Occupational Health is fundamental aspect of our overall health and safety effort.  Each of our operations maintains an industrial hygiene program tasked with identifying and monitoring potential exposures to chemical, biological, physical and ergonomic agents in the workplace.  When potential exposures are identified, we work to apply the hierarchy of controls to reduce the risk to human health.

Everyone Plays a Role

The ultimate success of our health and safety efforts depend on employee involvement.  At Coolcharm Mining, everyone plays a role in supporting our Zero Harm objective.

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