Teranga is dedicated to excellence in safety and aims to maintain its Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) indicators at levels better than global benchmarking standards. Teranga is committed to creating and sustaining a healthy and safe work environment for all stakeholders. Teranga believes that everyone, regardless of position, has the ability to involve, influence, motivate and enable others to contribute towards OHS success by encouraging personal and collective leadership, accountability and responsibility. The Company believes that every employee has a personal responsibility for health and safety, not only to themselves, but also to others, and that no task is so important that it cannot be done safely. Work-related injuries and property losses are preventable. That is why the Company supports a “don’t walk by” philosophy, which is a crucial element required in creating change in safety, in support of the Zero Incident Process (“ZIP”).
Committed to a Zero Incident Performance
OHS performance is assessed by two sets of indicators. Lagging Indicators are performance indicators based on post- incident reports, while Leading Indicators are incident prevention systems developed by the Company to raise awareness and identify areas of concern prior to becoming loss-incurring events.
TapRooT® is a systematic investigation process, software and training methodology for finding the root causes of problems and incidents. The process is used by leading companies around the world to investigate and fix the root causes of all types of mission-critical problems. Teranga uses the process on its mine site to determine the cause of major accidents, everyday incidents, minor near-misses, human errors, maintenance problems, productivity issues, and environmental releases.
Committed to Ensuring the Health of Our Employees
Teranga puts an important focus on the health of our employees. Our Sabodala site clinic is available to our employees and annual medical visits are done for our entire workforce. No occupational disease has been diagnosed since we started to operate. Our main challenge is to address malaria which is endemic in this part of Senegal. We have several programs in place to raise awareness among our workforce and business partners on site and outside our facilities on malaria prevention. Teranga’s comprehensive malaria prevention program includes bi-annual indoor residual spraying, continuous nocturnal thermal fogging, comprehensive environmental control around the site, and chemical vector-larvae control throughout the wet season. These programs are implemented in partnership with the departmental health services.