Health and safety

Kenmare is committed to conduct its business without risk to the health and safety of its employees, contractors and the general public. Kenmare applies a strategy of zero tolerance with the objective of zero fatalities or major injuries.

Zero tolerance means that:
  • no one observes an unsafe situation without taking appropriate action;
  • no one observes someone behaving in an unsafe manner without requiring the individual to stop;
  • no one allows a colleague to work in unsafe conditions; and
  • health and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Senior managers are responsible for ensuring that appropriate organisational arrangements and resources are made available for the fulfilment of this policy and for monitoring its implementation and effectiveness.

Kenmare's health and safety objectives are to:

  • meet, and where possible exceed, all applicable legal requirements and standards for health, safety and welfare of employees;
  • demonstrate visible commitment by all line managers showing positive leadership in all matters relating to health and safety;
  • seek to eliminate at-risk behaviour;
  • achieve and maintain healthy and safe work conditions;
  • provide adequate welfare facilities for our employees;
  • carry out appropriate health screening of employees;
  • provide effective instruction, training and supervision for all employees;
  • identify hazards, assess risks and eliminate these where practicable;
  • involve employees at all levels by establishing local health and safety committees;
  • provide and maintain safe plant and equipment;
  • regularly review and, as necessary, revise Group policy and guidance notes; and
  • ensure that all contractors and consultants adhere to site procedures.

Health and safety

There were no fatalities at the Kenmare operations in 2018 and the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate was 0.12 per 200,000 man-hours worked, the Company's lowest ever level.

20182017 2016
Man-hours worked 4,888,5744,627,491 4,037,186
Man-hours worked since last LTI 430,73812,500 1,223,340
Lost time injuries (LTIs) 39 4
Fatalities (included in LTIs) -- -
Medical treatment injuries (MTIs) 43 4
First aid injuries (FAIs) 4937 43
All injuries (AIs) 5649 51
Man-days lost to injuries 236521 291
Al frequency rate (AIFR) 2.262.11 2.53
LTI frequency rate (LTIFR) 0.120.39 0.20

Occupational hygiene surveys to assess the potential for employee exposure in the workplace are conducted by an occupational health consultant. In addition to personal exposure assessments, noise surveys of plant and equipment and surveys to assess noise levels in the environment surrounding the plant are completed.

Surveys are conducted in accordance with standard methodology and results are assessed against internationally recognised occupational health standards. The survey results are used to assess the effectiveness of existing control measures and, if necessary, determine the need to implement additional protective measures or engineering design changes. The compliance with legislation governing exposure limits and worker safety is also assessed.

The occupational health centre operates on site on a 24-hour basis. The professional staff assess and treat any injury that occurs on site and are equipped to respond to any medical emergency situation that may arise. Annual medical examinations are carried out on all Kenmare employees. These are conducted by the Occupational Practitioner situated on site. No cases of occupational diseases were identified since operation of the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine commenced in 2007. In addition to occupational health management, the clinic also assesses and treats malaria cases amongst employees and contractors on site.

Malaria remains one of the most serious tropical diseases in the world. The Moma Mine is located in an endemic malaria area. A number of initiatives were carried out to minimise the impact of malaria on site. This included distribution of mosquito bed nets to all employees and, if applicable their families, pesticide spraying of the camp and surrounding communities, provision of pesticide spray on site, and malaria awareness campaigns. The malaria spraying programme is ongoing with a reduction of cases reported.

Internal HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives have been conducted through a range of communication media including toolbox talks, newsletter articles, posters, etc. Shirts printed with the HIV/AIDS awareness slogans were distributed to all employees along with booklets and leaflets providing general awareness information on prevention and positive living. Condom dispensers are placed throughout the site with condoms freely available. Free HIV/AIDS testing is also available on site including counselling by HIV peer educators.