Top Navigation

Health and Safety

Paladin believes that all major incidents, occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable. The Company is fully committed to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment with the aim of zero harm from occupational injuries and illness in the work place. Excellence in radiation management performance is an essential part of this commitment and Paladin aims to achieve minimum radiation exposure to its workers, members of the public and the surrounding natural environment

APPROACH

Paladin’s approach to health and safety management is guided by its Occupational Health and Safety Policy[21], which enshrines the safety, health and wellbeing of employees, contractors and the community as a core value to business success. Paladin also has a Radiation Policy which sets out the overarching framework for the Company to achieve and maintain a high standard of radiation management performance

 

Paladin fosters the safe behaviour of employees and contractors by establishing a mindset that injuries are preventable, providing regular safety education and training, and conducting safety risk assessments. All employees (100%) at both LHM and KM are covered by formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that monitor and advise employees on occupational health and safety programmes. Internationally recognised auditing and reporting processes are implemented at the operational sites to measure Paladin’s health and safety performance on an ongoing basis.

Both LHM and KM subscribe to the internationally recognised National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA) [22] Integrated Five Star System, which is a safety auditing system and the cornerstone upon which Paladin’s safety system is based

 

PERFORMANCE

Health and Safety Audits

With the aim of continuous improvement, Paladin is committed to ensure both LHM and KM undergo regular NOSA health and safety audits. LHM was subject to a NOSA grading audit most recently in May 2016 which resulted in the operation maintained its 4 Star Platinum rating (health, safety and environment) with an improved score of 84.36%, compared to the previous year’s 4 Star Platinum rating and a  score of 82.6%. The improvement is contributed to the continued focus and review on  safety procedures and training personnel on the safety programmes.   

During the reporting period LHUPL continued to review and strengthen key areas of the general induction. Mine personnel continued to receive additional training and further up skilling and broadened their safety and health knowledge base to ensure a safer work environment.

The last NOSA Health, Safety and Environment audit was conducted in May 2015 at KM, with the site being awarded the highest NOSA rating of 5 Star Platinum with a score of 91.24% which was around the same score awarded in 2015 of 91.24%. No audit was conducted in the 2016 financial year.

Safety

During the reporting period, LHM reported five Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) resulting in an annual Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 2.3 which is an improvement from the previous reporting period of 3.0. There were no LTI reported at KM during the reporting period, which resulted in an LTIFR of 0.0 compared to 1.3 from the previous reporting period. The days lost to injury at KM was significantly lower for this reporting period compared to the previous reporting period. Days lost to injury at LHM was significantly greater at 523. Factors effecting the increase include 67 days that were brought forward from 2015 and 77 days for an ankle fracture.

The Safety statistics at both LHM and KM for employees and contractors for the reporting period and the following year are shown in Table 13

Table 13: Safety Statistics[28] for Employees and Contractors

 

Injury Type*

LHM

KM

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

Total

Frequency Rate

Total

Frequency Rate

Total

Frequency Rate

Total

Frequency Rate

Fatality

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LTI[24]

5

2.3

6[25]

3.0

0

0

1

1.3

MTI[26]

12

5.5

5

2.5

0

0

3

4.0

FAI[27]

94

43.6

95

47.5

7

11

9

11.9

Total

127

51.4

106

53

7

11

13

17.2

Days lost

523

 

120

 

0

 

39

 

 

Emergency Response

Transport and Emergency Management Plans for Paladin’s uranium product and hazardous materials are in place at LHM and KM and both sites have on-site Emergency Response Teams.

The LHM Emergency Management Plan refers to other external emergency response capabilities in the local area to assist. LHM’s Emergency Management Plan was revised during the reporting period. LHM’s main reagent suppliers have their own emergency plans and procedures for the safe transport of materials and the clean-up of any spills that may occur. Emergency drills are conducted on site, with a fire emergency drill conducted at LHM during the reporting period. The suppliers also conduct annual emergency drills that involve LHUPL personnel, and update their plans applying the findings of the drill.

KM’s Transport and Emergency Management Plan addresses emergency procedures for spills of materials transported for the operation and provide assistance to the transport contractors in the event of a spill. Due to the lack of local emergency service capabilities near KM, the assistance of community emergency response is not included in the Plan. KM Transport and Emergency Plan was reviewed during the reporting period when an emergency drill exercise was conducted.

Radiation

The 2014 Annual Radiation Report for LHM was compiled and delivered to the Namibian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) in March 2016 for the 2015 calendar year. Radiation doses reported are:

  • mean dose to Designated Workers was 2.2 mill Sieverts (mSv), compared with 3.1 mSv in 2014;
  • dose to Non-Designated Workers was 1.2 mSv (compared to 1.6mSv in 2014); and
  • dose to a hypothetical group living on the site boundary (Remote Gate) for the entire 2015 year would have been 2.2 mSv. (This compares with the mean world member of the public dose as reported by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) of 2.4 mSv.)

Health and Wellbeing

Paladin places significant importance on the health and wellbeing of its workforce without which the Company could not succeed. This emphasis is reflected in and formalised through Paladin’s policies, codes of conducts as well as employment contracts which are implemented and rolled-out across the Paladin Group. Paladin’s Code of Conduct states the Company’s zero tolerance in relation to drugs and alcohol affected personnel on site, and breath testing is mandatory for every person entering the workplace.

At both LHM and KM, regular medical examinations are conducted pre-employment, annually during employment, and post-employment when leaving the company. The examinations are undertaken to monitor the health and wellbeing of employees, contractors and service providers, particularly with regard to their physical ability to undertake the work required of them on site. The number of medical examinations conducted for this and the last reporting periods are shown in Table 14.

Table 14. Medical Examinations of Employees and Contractors

 

Type of Examination

LHM

KM

2015/2016

2014/2015

2015/2016

2014/2015

Pre Employment 
(Onboarding Process)         

555

624

30

146

During Employment (Annual)                 

928

891

9

28

Post Employment (Exit Process)

294

327

87

154

Total

1,777

1,842

126

328

 

LHUPL places significant importance on employee health and wellness and collaborates with external health organisations (e.g. The Cancer Association of Namibia and Namibian Blood Transfusion Service), who provide employee wellness screenings and counselling events on site. During the reporting period four blood donation clinics were held at LHM resulting in 122 units of blood being collected from LHM personnel. Two screening clinics for breast and cervical cancer were held in conjunction with the Namibia Cancer Association. Ninety-nine employees received flu vaccinations during the reporting period and 355 employees were screened for lifestyle related conditions.

Membership to private health insurance is a condition of employment at LHM and the Medical Aid providers counsel employees on healthy lifestyle choices and in identifying the risks associated with unhealthy practices resulting in issues such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, HIV and other themes common to Namibia. At LHM the overall responsibility for the management of employee health and wellbeing sits with the Occupational Health Administrator who coordinates related efforts, reviews new health programme initiatives, and manages the existing health programmes.

At KM, primary responsibility for managing health and wellbeing rests with the Safety, Health, Environment and Radiation (SHER) team. There is a fully equipped clinic on site offering primary health care and 24hr emergency services. Daily medical consultations are provided to employees which include treating illnesses and chronic medical conditions, and providing health education and counselling. There is a considerable focus on the education and management of local infectious diseases such as malaria, Tuberculosis, respiratory infections, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Various health education initiatives have been conducted during the reporting period including first aid training, weekly health related toolbox talks with different groups, women’s health sessions and individual HIV education/counselling. Paladin encourages the workforce and their families to take responsibility for their own health to ensure a healthy well educated workforce.

Table 15 illustrates the coverage of the assistance programmes for serious illnesses at both sites, which remains unchanged from the previous reporting period. Due to the generally poorer economic situation and health services in the Kayelekera region and the proximity of the mine to where the workforce resides, there is a greater responsibility for health assistance to extend beyond the KM workforce and into the community as a whole.

Table 15. Health Assistance Programmes

 

Education/Training

Counselling

Prevention /
Risk Control

Treatment

Programme Recipients

LHM

KM

LHM

KM

LHM

KM

LHM

KM

Workers

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Workers’ Families

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

Community Members

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

 


[21] To view Paladin’s Occupational Health and Safety, Radiation or any other policy and internally developed codes, please go to: http://www.paladinenergy.com.au/corporate-governance
[22] NOSA (www.nosa.co.za) is a provider of occupational health, safety and environmental risk management services and solutions formed in 1951 by the South African Government to reduce injuries and fatalities in the workplace.
[23] For a further breakdown of safety statistics by employees, mine contractors and other contractors please refer to Paladin’s 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements here: Annual-Reports
[24] LTI: Lost Time Injury
[25] Amended to 6 from 5 presented in Paladin 2015 Annual Report due to 1 FAI revised to LTI
[26] MTI: Medial Treated Injury
[27] FAI: First Aid Injury

Latest prices

ASX A$ 0.105
TSX C$ 0.110

Latest Prices

TradeTech U3O8 spot US$22.85/lb
TradeTech U3O8 long term US$35.00/lb

Contact Paladin

Subscribe

SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER

First Name
First Name
Email Address