Safety is our top responsibility to our employees and contractors. Zijin Mining regards occupational health and safety as one of its core values and uses the “Ten Safety Guidelines” as a guide for safety management to meet its goal of achieving “Zero Fatalities and Zero Occupational Diseases” for employees and contractors. We will continuously improve our safety management system, effectively manage the occupational health and safety risks associated with production and operations, and constantly improve our OHS performance to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, contractors and the communities where our subsidiaries operate.
0 tier 1 process safety incidents1 due to hazardous material leaks. 1. Tier 1 process safety accident refers to the accidental leakage of toxic and harmful substances (mainly cyanide and sulfide in our process) caused by container seal failure/process problem emergency pressure relief in the production process, resulting in personnel injury, serious pollution and other safety events.
With reference to the ISO 45001 requirements and international best practices, we continuously improve the pyramidal safety management system with Zijin Mining’s characteristics. During the reporting period, we further revised and improved policies, guidelines and standards at all levels around policy documents such as the " Policy Statement on Management of Health and Safety" and the "Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management Guide". In addition, we issued four safety policies and prepared more than 1,000 “Job Safety Manuals” to provide specific job positions with targeted safety guidance.
We also formulated OHS system evaluation guidelines and rules, as well as organised the evaluations (internal audits) of the operation of OHS management system of our subsidiaries. At the same time, we entrusted thirdparty institutions to perform compliance evaluations and inspections, and conducted safety audits (external audits) for some large mines.
In response to the inherently high OHS risks associated with mining operations, we have implemented classified and dynamic risk management and identified OHS risks and hazards according to the Risk-basd, Risk Pre-control, Dynamic Management principle and the “Measures for Safety Risk Classification, Management and Control and Prevention, Investigation and Management of Hidden Hazards” to ensure that all kinds of control measures remain effective and minimise risks. We focus on the following aspects to carry out risk management:
We insist upon giving employees continuous occupational health and safety training both in their orientation period and throughout their employment, as well as utilising assessments to ensure that all employees and contractors have comprehensive knowledge of occupational health and safety. In order to enhance the safety awareness of all employees, we have also launched the “Zijin Safety Academy” online learning system and compiled independent learning knowledge manuals, so that employees can acquire occupational health and safety knowledge online at any time. In addition, we carry out occupational health knowledge promotion and activities from time to time to continuously strengthen the safety awareness of our employees.
We implement regulations such as the “Hazardous Chemicals Safety Management Code”, and strictly follow international management standards and laws and regulations of the host countries related to hazardous chemicals. We adhere to the“Minamata Convention on Mercury” and are committed not to using mercury to extract gold and not to accepting gold produced by third parties using mercury. For the elemental mercury that may be contained in natural ores, we treat it in the mineral processing and smelting process and then discharge it in compliance with the relevant regulations. The Company carries out proper safety management in the procurement, transportation, production, storage and use of hazardous chemicals, including cyanide, by:
The mental and physical well-being of all workers are important to us. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees and contractors, as well as preventing work-related injuries and health damage. We have adopted the occupational disease prevention and control policy of Prevention First, Combining Prevention And Control to implement classified management and comprehensive control of health risks in the production environment. We have made occupational health management plans for all employees, and strictly implement medium- and long-term plans for the prevention and control of occupational diseases.
In addition, for the all-round physical and mental health of all employees and contractors, we provide health services such as health monitoring, prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases and mental health counselling, and create a positive, harmonious and inclusive health culture:
To prevent emergencies, improve the ability to respond to emergencies involving public crises, prevent the expansion or escalation of incidents, minimise casualties and property losses, and reduce environmental damage and social impact, we have established an emergency management system with Zijin Mining’s characteristics.
In our continuous efforts to streng then our emergency management system, we have built a production safety monitoring and emergency dispatch centre that covers our major subsidiaries. Using new technologies such as AI intelligent identification, underground precision positioning, Internet of Things and big data, we have managed to achieve interconnection and integrated central control of critical risks, important facilities and key areas to significantly enhance our monitoring, early warning, emergency rescue and handling capabilities for major risks, as well as our capacity to respond to any major emergencies.
We require all mines to organise a first-class mine emergency rescue team that possesses extensive expertise. These teams shall be equipped with multiple emergency rescue professionals and equipment, and capability training and drills shall be conducted on a regular basis to respond to all types of emergencies.
We believe that the development of science and technology is the greatest booster to intrinsic safety, as well as the fundamental solution to reduce risks and eliminate hazards. Therefore, we have carried out technical transition work that Replaces Human with Mechanisation, Reduces Manpower with Automation and Makes Possible Unmanned Operations Using Intelligence in all our subsidiaries. Through promoting the use of advanced and applicable technologies and equipment, the most dangerous live work is being gradually transformed to mature processes based on advanced technologies. This reduces the frequency of employees facing high-risk processes, lowers the overall risks of employees and contractors and brings intrinsic safety to a higher level.