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Education is the key (LA8)

Teaching the rules of safe conduct requires much more than standard work safety training. The opinions and feedback of the employees on the subject are gathered during surveys of the safety culture in KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. The most recent of those surveys was conducted in 2012. The results will be known in mid-2013.

 

As part of the good practice implemented in 2012, a Catalogue of High-Risk Behaviours was prepared and published in January 2013 which should be treated as a Decalogue by each employee of the Company. It contains a description of nine most dangerous behaviours observed during mining operations which cannot be tolerated because the very occurrence of such situations poses a threat to the health and life of the employees (Section 10). The publishing of the Catalogue was accompanied by a social campaign in the Company and the identified hazards were incorporated into the curriculum of the mandatory work safety training. In 2012, Rudna Mine also issued its own Code of Best Safety Practices for the Workplace.

 

Following the serious accidents which occurred in 2012, local campaigns were carried out in the mines to promote the rules of safe conduct. The Rudna Mine (the largest underground mine in Europe) launched a campaign ”Where There Is a Will There Is a Way: Stop Accidents At Work”, while in Polkowice-Sieroszowice Mine the campaign slogan was “Your Actions Matter: Don’t Take Shortcuts”. Both projects were of interactive nature and feedback was collected from the employees. In addition to brochures and posters, the employees watched on KGHM TV computer-aided reconstructions of the accidents which occurred in 2012. The campaign was combined with training in work safety rules. The anticipated outcome of the activities is reduction of the number of accidents caused by humans by 50% until 2018.

 

February 2013 saw a launch of another work safety campaign in the Lubin mine called “Let’s Get Home Safely”. The idea of the campaign is to attract the employees attention to the fact that neglecting the safety regulations and procedures may have tragic consequences.

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