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Occupational Health and Safety

Our Approach

Teranga is dedicated to excellence in safety and aims to maintain its OHS indicators below 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 Health and Safety (H&S) 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). Teranga has also implemented the TapRooT® incident investigation process with a Teranga employee being one of only two accredited Senegalese instructors in-country of which we are aware.

Teranga, with the support of all of its people, applies a proactive H&S management system that:

  • Encourages the participation of its most valuable assets: its people;
  • Inspires personal leadership based on the principle that everyone, regardless of position, has the ability to involve, influence, motivate and enable others to contribute towards H&S success;
  • Adopts a proactive preventative H&S approach through application of a comprehensive Zero Incident Process;
  • Operates and conducts activities in a manner that considers the protection of the H&S of all stakeholders at all times;
  • Complies with all statutory regulations applicable to its business operations;
  • Promotes open and honest communication, and encourages consultation on H&S matters between stakeholders;
  • Develops and maintains a suite of H&S plans and procedures that must be well-communicated and that all stakeholders shall adhere to;
  • Provides appropriate skills training and resources, ensuring competency in order to effectively deliver the H&S program and conduct activities in a safe and healthy manner;
  • Drives continuous improvement in our OHS performance by setting and monitoring clear objectives and targets that are visible and meaningful;
  • Recognizes and rewards excellence in H&S performance. 


In 2012 Teranga implemented the TapRooT® incident investigation process. This is a systematic 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. Teranga has an accredited TapRooT® training instructor who is qualified to train other staff in correct root-cause analysis. The process provides our trained investigators with:

  • An expert system that leads them beyond their current knowledge base;
  • A complete investigation process that helps them collect the information they need to find answers to complicated incidents;
  • Excellent training that can be tailored to our specific needs as a gold mining company.

General Healthcare

The Sabodala healthcare team, which treats employees, contractors, and members of their families, cared for a total of 9,635 patients in 2012. The predominant cases were baseline and annual medical screenings.

Malaria being endemic in this part of Senegal, prevention is a priority. Teranga’s comprehensive malaria prevention program includes bi-annual indoor residential spraying, continuous nightly thermal fogging, comprehensive environmental manipulation around the site, and chemical vector-larvae control throughout the wet season.

The total cases of malaria were 568 in 2012, an increase of 8 percent year-over-year. This increase can likely be attributed to two main factors: the increase in rainfall Senegal received in 2012 coupled with the increase in the “transient” construction workforce during the mill expansion.

2012 Highlights

During 2012, Teranga’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Department focused on streamlining overall management systems as well as developing the system into a more mature, behaviour-based approach.

A “stop work” process was developed, as well as a system that broadly outlines a reward and recognition program for safety performance. We are focusing our efforts on developing a proactive safety culture. As a result, we achieved and surpassed the 2012 targets in the reporting of in-excess-of 200 hazards in the workplace every month. This is a positive indicator, as it
means that we improved our proactivity to prevent incidents. Hazards will always exist, thus the need exists to always try to identify and eliminate them before they become incidents or accidents.

In conjunction with some of our business partners, we have trained a total of 12 employees on the NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) international
general certificate. This certification provides the mine safety officers with internationally recognized qualifications as safety professionals, and provides them with access to the needed tools to perform their jobs to the highest standard.

2013 OHS Objectives

  • Implement the OH&S management system and operational procedures developed in 2012 and ensure that this system is evident in our risk management processes
  • Further stimulate our proactive safety culture by instituting task observation checklists and a formal behaviour recognition system for proactive reporting and hazard elimination
  • Implement evaluations and knowledge tests for safety training programs on site while building out our structured learning delivery system to ensure that there is a training
  • requirement matrix in place for employees and that safety training is delivered consistently by the development of “take-home” student manuals for safety courses
  • Develop a suite of completed and approved OH&S governance standards in line with international standards and apply these throughout our operation

Occupational Health and Safety

“Teranga believes that preventing all work-related injuries and diseases is a priority, and is committed to this goal.”