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. The Company 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”).
As our operations expand, we are educating employees and having them take greater ownership of occupational health and safety. In our commitment to support our employees in this task, we have in place a successful reward and recognition program. The program aims to promote good health and safety behaviour and encourages our employees to be more proactive in terms of the overall well-being of themselves, their teams and the departments in which they operate.
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.
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.
Beyond our responsibility to provide our employees with a safe and healthy work environment, we contribute to the promotion of health in the region and offer better health services to our host communities. Many of our employees reside in the villages in our area of influence and also benefit from these initiatives.
Our main challenge is to address malaria which is endemic in the region where we operate. We have several programs in place to raise awareness among our workforce and business partners on site and outside our facilities on malaria prevention. We strongly support the Senegalese health authorities’ efforts to prevent this disease and we undertake a bi-annual malaria spraying program covering the rural commune of Sabodala. This program is done in collaboration with local sanitation authorities. In 2014, more than 12,910 people benefited from our community malaria spray campaign and on site the number of cases decreased by one-third to 210 in 2014 compared to 317 cases in the prior year.