On the 22nd and 23rd August 2018, Richards Bay Minerals held two very successful Safety & Health Days at our smelting, processing and logistics sites.

The Safety & Health Days were held to honour the loss of our own work colleagues and the lives lost in the mining industry as a whole. In July 2018 we sadly lost our colleague Muzi Nhlenyama, and this is a stark reminder that we cannot take safety for granted. We also need to be vigilant as our own safety performance has deteriorated over the past few months and this appears to be a trend across the industry – 57 lives have been lost on mines so far in 2018 and even one life lost is one too many.

Nico Swart, General Manager - Health, Safety, Environment and Security opened proceedings: “Safety requires commitment from everyone working together to achieve a common goal of zero harm. We need to pledge our commitment to the target of ZERO HARM, and that EVERY WORKER SHALL RETURN FROM WORK UNHARMED, EVERY DAY.”

Events planned for the Health & Safety Days were aimed at sharing knowledge and reinforcing vigilance in all areas of the workplace. Some of these included:

  • Displays with various lost time injuries in order to share learnings
  • Stands from suppliers to sharing knowledge
  • Stands for Environment, Process Safety, Occupational Health and Critical Risk Management to share knowledge
  • Activities in our Hazard Park (training centre with plant hazards) to create awareness about critical hazards
  • Mineral Council stand to share knowledge of section 22 and section 23 of MHSact
  • Industrial theatre productions

The Safety & Health Day events reminded employees of some of the dangers and hazards of our industry but also that by focusing on health and safety and committing to Zero Harm saves lives. This message was emphasised through Richards Bay Minerals iSandla Safey Campaign – Our Safety Step Change Programme.

We are grateful to our key guests and speakers who shared their wisdom and insight and helped make the days a huge success: Mr. Anil Bhagwanjee from People Smart; Prof Anna Meyer-Weitz, University of KZN; Mr Koos Dafel from Somkele Mine and Mrs Emma Durden and her actors from PST Productions.

Nico Swart, urged employees to be vigilant and to exercise their right to safety: “I urge all of you to ensure that you remain vigilant and look after yourself and your colleagues by ensuring that you use the safety tools provided. Remember you have the right to stop unsafe work and find a safer way of working

Let’s all commit to have an injury free, rest of 2018”