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Mine Health and Safety – Striving to achieve zero harm

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Quantifying the impact of investment in health and safety.

An organisation’s health and wellness activities can help improve recruitment, retention, productivity and risk management. They can also promote enterprise sustainability from the ground up; anchoring it in the area most organisations consider their largest and most important asset – their people. Understanding the extent of the impact of healthcare challenges is the first step to determining the types of action to pursue. But quantifying the extent of the healthcare challenge and how investment in healthcare can produce a better outcome for mines is key question that is often unanswered at Executive level. Mine health and safety consists of two very distinct yet intertwined aspects – health and safety; with the achievement of both being necessary to fulfill the requirement of zero harm.

Mine health

With one in five South African adults infected with HIV, the workforce has been and is still being negatively impacted by the devastating characteristics of the disease. This is further compounded by other chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes which means that both young and old are vulnerable to healthcare challenges. Therefore, irrespective of the sector in which a business operates, healthcare commands an important place among the list of priorities. Safety is a top priority for businesses that operate within exposed environments and the achievement of zero harm is paramount. For a mining company, these issues are catalysts for operational excellence.

Mine Safety

Detailed analysis of mining safety information is key to understanding the current and historical safety experience and how to advance this forward. Advanced data analytics is the cornerstone of safety analytics. It can be applied to the simple investigation of accidents or to sophisticated statistical modelling and data mining.

Such analysis can produce information to help:

  • Provide insight into drivers of accidents, injuries, severity, and duration of injury
  • Identify work zones or work processes with the highest propensity for accidents and injuries
  • Identify accidents that are most likely to lead to injuries
  • Identify training needs relating to safety and loss control, and assess the impact of training
  • Improve understanding of the types of personal protective equipment that should be used
  • Support the implementation of targeted health, safety, and wellness initiatives.

Download the complete document here – Mining Health and Safety.

For more information regarding the provision of these services please contact: Ashleigh Theophanides, Director, Assurance and Actuarial Services on +27 (0)11 209 8112 or atheophanides@deloitte.co.za alternatively contact Valter Adão, Healthcare Industry Leader on +27 (0)11 209 6117 or vadao@deloitte.co.za

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