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Safety of employees – safe mines

 

 

 

The objective of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. in respect of the employee safety is to effectively implement by 2018 the ‘Zero Loss – Zero Harm’ recommendation. A major achievement in 2012 was a reduction in the number of recorded accidents from 462 a year before to 362.

 

Work safety and hygiene are of critical importance in a company like KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. Therefore, all divisions of the Company have certified work safety management systems which are regularly audited by independent auditors. In 2012, a safety audit was conducted in Głogów Smelter and ended in recertification of the system of work safety and hygiene based on BS OHSAS 18001:2007. Following the internalisation of the Company’s operations, in addition to the enhancement of the already implemented national safety solutions, the Company is also making use of the best practices of KGHM International. One of the inspirations is the ”Zero Harm and Safety” approach aimed at minimising the Company’s negative impact both on the external environment and on the internal resources, which also requires improvement of the work safety standards.

 

The regulations pertaining to the safety obligations of the employer and of the employees of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. have been documented in the Company’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, in Chapter VII ”Protection of Health and Work Hygiene”. In accordance with the relevant Agreement provisions, the employer, acting in consultation with the trade unions, is obliged to carry out, at least once a year, a review of the working conditions of the employees. The Company has to consult with the employees or their representatives all work safety and hygiene related activities. The Work Safety and Hygiene Committee has been appointed. All the obligations imposed both by force of the Labour Code and the Collective Bargaining Agreement are fulfilled by KGHM [LA9]. Safety issues are analysed and reported on an ongoing basis. Periodical information about accidents is provided to the Controlling area while the occupational health statistics are presented in reports submitted every six months. Annual reports are also prepared for internal purposes and for the District Mining Authorities, the State Mining Authority and the Central Statistics Office (“Report on the Conditions of Work”).

 

 

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KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is the winner of the Most Attractive Employer title in third edition of the Randstadt Award survey held in Poland. The high employment standards maintained in Poland will be implemented in all KGHM Group companies worldwide.