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 2019 and the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate was 0.27 per 200,000 man-hours worked. Although this represents a strong performance in industry terms, it is an increase compared to 2018. Therefore Kenmare has strengthened its focus on empowering employees and developing a culture of personal accountability for safety.

Man-hours worked 5,240,1634,888,5744,627,491
Lost time injuries (LTIs) 739
Fatalities (included in LTIs) ---
Medical treatment injuries (MTIs) 643
First aid injuries (FAIs) 514937
All injuries (AIs) 645649
Man-days lost to injuries 343236521
Al frequency rate (AIFR) 2.442.262.11
LTI frequency rate (LTIFR)

In addition to keeping our employees safe, we also encourage and support a healthy workforce, considering prevalent local health issues. All mine employees are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment and we implement employee health and wellbeing programmes on topics such as HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention. We also provide access to primary medical care and we build partnerships with external health service providers to strengthen our health systems. In 2019, all employees participated in the on-site occupational medical surveillance programme.

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.

Outside the workplace, the main health challenge is malaria. A significant reduction in incidents of the disease was delivered in 2019 compared to previous years. The number of recorded malaria cases decreased by 30% in 2019 to 1,094 compared to the average of the previous four years, and by 22% compared to 2018. We believe this is attributable to improvement in the quality of our anti-malaria programme, which includes health education and mitigation initiatives.

Internal HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives have been conducted through a range of communication methods including toolbox talks, newsletter articles, posters, etc. Shirts printed with the HIV/AIDS awareness slogans have been 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.