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Safety is our number one value and if we cannot mine safely, we will not mine. This objective drives our goal of achieving zero harm in eliminating all fatalities and serious injuries at our operation, while at the same time demonstrating care for the health and well-being of our employees.
We are currently implementing the Courageous Safety Leadership (CSL) and Vital Behaviours programmes to ensure our people are enabled to make the right safety decisions every day with courage and conviction.
We are also invested extensively in technical and engineering safety solutions, such as proximity detection and collision avoidance systems, while also deploying fit-for-purpose real time positioning and management systems.
Khumbul’ekhaya, which is the Nguni word for “remember home”, is a CEO-led strategy on health and safety that has been developed by the Mineral Council’s CEO Zero Harm Forum to drive and sustain the mining industry’s pursuit of zero harm. Our Interim CEO represents South Deep at this Forum.
The emphasis on “home” in Khumbul’ekhaya directly acknowledges that fatalities have the greatest impact on loved ones at home and encourages employees to bear these loved ones in mind as they go about their day-to-day tasks. Importantly, the programme places equal emphasis on health and safety.
We recognise that our employees may be exposed to occupational health and wellness risks associated with silicosis, tuberculosis (TB), noise-induced hearing loss and diesel particulate matter. As such, we have extensive programmes in place to mitigate these risks and to monitor and manage the exposure of employees to these occupational diseases.
Managing HIV/Aids remains an important issue at South Deep. Our Wellness programmes encourage all employees to know their status through voluntary counselling and testing, which is also offered to permanent contractors. Free, highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is provided to HIV-infected employees. Employees’ dependents can also receive HAART via the company’s medical aid schemes.
In 2019, Gold Fields was party to an historic settlement between six gold mining companies and attorneys representing former mineworkers suffering from silicosis and TB. This was endorsed by the courts in and an independent trust, the Tshiamiso Trust, has been set up to compensate ex-mine workers and will be operational by mid-2020.
See more at www.tshiamisotrust.com
Occupational Health and Safety Policy statement [PDF 340kb]