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Health and safety

The safety, health and wellbeing of our employees, the most vital of our stakeholders, is paramount. In addressing these three aspects, our approach is based on Sibanye- Stillwater’s CARES values – commitment, accountability, respect, enabling and safety – and our safety, health and wellbeing tree.

Our approach to safety in particular and the journey to achieve our goal of zero harm is a continuous process. This process involves constantly refreshing, revitalising and renewing safety campaigns and messages. Safety remains one of our top 10 risks and ensuring the safety of employees in the workplace is a moral imperative.

For more information, please refer to our Health and safety policy

Our care values

For the latest information on our performance in terms of managing the safety, health and wellbeing of our workforce, refer to the Safety and health focus section of the Integrated annual report 2017.

Safety

SA region

Addressing and improving safety is a continuous process. The Sharp! Sharp! safety campaign which began in 2016 to embed a culture of safety within Sibanye-Stillwater continued into 2017, is now well-entrenched within the SA region. The benefits were evident in improvements in all the main safety indicators across the region for the six months ended 31 December 2017.

In addition to the Sharp! Sharp! campaign’s 12-point safety plan, a top five action plan was compiled for the SA PGM operations, focusing on the five main causes of accidents at these operations. They are conveyors, trackless mining equipment, falls of ground, explosives and material handling. A similar action plan is being designed for the gold operations, based on six key areas: falls of ground, rail-bound equipment, slip and fall, material handling, winches and rigging, and eye injuries.

The second phase of the Sharp! Sharp! campaign has been launched, based on the slogan “I will not look the other way” – an extension of the previous year’s slogan, I am safe! We are safe! Phepha mina! Phepha zonke! This campaign, rolled out at miner level at all gold and PGM operations in 2017, will encourage accountability for safety incidents or substandard conditions. The Pinagare industrial theatre has played a key role in the roll-out of safety messages and campaigns.

BEATRIX POWER FAILURE IN FEBRUARY 2018

At 2am on 1 February 2018, a violent storm destroyed main and backup Eskom power lines that feed the Beatrix 1, 3 and 4 shafts, causing a total power outage.

For details on this, see the FACT SHEET: Beatrix power failure

US region

The US region is fully committed to the slogan “Everyone goes home safe – every day”, which is familiar to all employees and is being integrated into the culture of the business. It is also a part of the GET (guide, educate and train) safety and health management system that is being implemented at all sites in the US region.

Cross pollination of safety regimens between the US and SA regions has begun in the form of the sharing of systems and reports, and in-depth discussions on safety.

Health

SA region

Our Road map to health model began with an emphasis on clinic-based preventative healthcare rather than curative hospital-based care. Clinics, situated on-site at the shafts and at the single-room accommodation complexes, close to the workplace, facilitate easy and immediate access to healthcare has led to a decline in deaths, medical incapacitation rates and hospitalisation.

In 2017 our healthcare model was expanded to promote physical, social and mental health so as to prevent disease and to promote wellbeing for life.

Healthcare management also focuses on infectious diseases such as HIV/Aids and TB, and the management of occupational diseases in particular silicosis and noise-induced hearing loss.

US region

There are no major work-related healthcare concerns among employees in the US region.

Noise in the US region is addressed through the Hearing Conservation Program. Employees whose workplace exposes them to certain levels of noise are enrolled in this program.

Emissions from the extensive use of diesel-powered machinery in an underground mining environment, if not properly managed and mitigated, can lead to health hazards for underground mining. We employ various measures to reduce those exposures and ensure we comply fully with the strict limits on diesel particulate matter (DPM) exposure for underground miners set by the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.

PROJECT KU-RIHA

Sibanye-Stillwater is participating in industry efforts to develop and maintain a database of former employees and is tracing people who have left the company’s employ. This project is aimed at ensuring that claims for compensation by mineworkers with occupational lung diseases (OLD), are paid speedily and efficiently.

For more information, visit www.oldcollab.co.za