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The safety of all employees, contractors and visitors is of critical importance to Sierra Rutile.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for all our staff by implementing safe work systems and appropriate training and guidance. We continue to ensure that we have the right processes in place to identify, analyse and evaluate hazards, and develop controls to mitigate them.

Safety initiatives adopted by Sierra Rutile include:

  • establishment of Sierra Rutile’s Life Saving Commitments campaign across all operations and support services;
  • introduction of the Incident Causal Analysis Methodology to ensure consistency in investigations and outcomes;
  • introduction of pre-start safety checks, driver training and competency assessments and integrated Traffic Management Plans for all operational areas;
  • investment in the Health and Safety Management System to manage risk management, with minimum compliance levels established and enforced;
  • mandatory risk assessments for all non-routine tasks;
  • the adoption of lifting, guarding, fatigue management and hazard reporting procedures in line with Iluka’s high standards;
  • fire response training for the Emergency Response team;
  • fully integrated tailings management, involving regular operations and geotechnical monitoring; and
  • introduction of mandatory daily alcohol testing across all sites and shifts.

Risk management is an integral part of the health, safety, environment and community management system and the above initiatives have been undertaken to ensure that processes are in place to identify, analyse and evaluate hazards, to assess the risk posed by the hazards and to develop controls to reduce the level of risk to acceptable levels.

Sierra Rutile has recorded a strong safety performance in recent years, attributable to the implementation of training programs, risk assessment and enhanced hazard identification.

Sierra Rutile aims for continuous improvement in performance and the ultimate aim is to achieve zero workplace incidents.