Health and safety at the mine site is an important issue for mining companies. Mining and exploration operations can create a variety of hazards for workers such as exposure to dangerous materials or unsafe working conditions. Using CSR practices, companies can manage these hazards, reduce the potential for accidents, and work towards a safe and healthy workplace. Below are some examples of how Canadian mining and exploration companies have implemented CSR practices in health and safety:
Responses by Company
Canadian International Minerals Inc.
We operate under industry regulations as per jurisdictions.Footnote 1
Cartier Resources Inc.
The company demonstrates proactivity in health and safety by training, reminders, inspections and incident reports and root cause analysis.
We have health and safety meeting at the beginning of a field program, making sure proper communications and first aid equipment are in place.
Dios Exploration Inc.
Employees take first-aid courses; employees follow the regulations relating to the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail and the Commission de la construction du Québec.Footnote 1
Foran Mining Corp.
The company has a Health and Safety Policy and Committee.
Freeport Resources Ltd.
As our projects are currently all in Canada, we adhere to whatever health and safety standards and regulations are required by local, provincial and federal governments.Footnote 1
Independence Gold Corp.
All members of our field crews hold first aid certificates. Safety meetings are held weekly at field sites. First aid kits are carried by each crew member, and more robust kits with oxygen bottles, stretchers, etc. are available either in a vehicle or at the field camp.
Mustang Minerals Corp.
We update our Health and Safety plan periodically.
Suncor Energy Inc.
A number of initiatives are aimed at ensuring a safe and healthy environment for employees, contractors and residents. The first initiative is changing the work culture. Suncor insists that our employees and contractors make safety their personal responsibility. We introduced this approach in 2002 with the launch of Journey to Zero – a company-wide program aimed at eliminating workplace injuries. The second initiative is recognizing those who do it right. Suncor's annual President's Operational Excellence Awards honour the employees and contractors who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to health and safety. The third initiative is sharing resources in an emergency. Suncor is part of regional mutual aid agreements in Wood Buffalo (Alberta) and Sarnia (Ontario) that sees industry participants coordinate and share emergency response resources with each other and with the municipality. The fourth initiative is integrated planning. Suncor integrates environment, health and safety considerations into plans, designs, practices and performance programs. The fifth initiative is striving to improve. At Suncor, we're always looking to improve on our past performance, including how to make our work sites and practices more efficient and safe. We do this by sharing best practices and lessons learned across the organization.
Tashota Resources Inc.
We adhere to the requirements under provincial law.Footnote 1
The company has complied with safety standards and equipment provided to the workers.
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.
Zenyatta Health & Safety Manual read by all employees. Zenyatta believes every employee and contractor working for the company and every visitor to our work sites has the right to expect to complete their work or visit without injury or illness caused by events or conditions at the work site. To reduce the risk of injury and illness, Zenyatta commits to making safety and health an integral part of our exploration decision making. Every employee, contractor and visitor is expected to contribute fully to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.
To ensure a safe and healthy workplace, Zenyatta undertakes to: provide relevant safety and health information and training for the job and conditions; make available protective equipment where it is required; identify hazards and develop procedures to reduce risk; develop and continuously review emergency procedures; empower and oblige every employee and contractor to report unsafe or unhealthy work practices and conditions; monitor our safety and health performance.; maintain a system of injury, illness and incident reporting and investigation, distribute the findings of these investigations and implement improvements to reduce the probabilities of reoccurrence; carry out safety and health inspections, surveys and audits to check out systems are effective, efficient and based on best contemporary practice; ensure each exploration site has a Safety Coordinator who will be responsible for all aspects of safety and health at the site. The Coordinator will report to the Project Leader and have access to the Regional Manager, and we comply with all applicable safety and health rules, regulations and laws of the areas in which we work.Footnote 1