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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, and a focus on promoting and developing our employees .

Spreading Our Safety Culture 

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. At our Sabodala operations in Senegal, each daily meeting begins with a safety report and every site report begins with safety whether it is daily, weekly, monthly or annually. 

  • In 2014, Operational Health and Safety (OHS) program matured, and the focus remains on proactive, people-based safety management which uses a documented systematic approach.
  • In 2015, Management focused efforts on improving loss prevention controls and integrating these into the daily life of all who conduct their task at the operations and intensified internal auditing with regards to safety management systems.
  • In 2016, there has been a focus on pro-active reporting through a documented Task Observation Process and departmental self-inspections on site and applying a broader scope to risk management through enterprise risk evaluation and management. 
  • For 2017, the focus remains on the people through quality reporting and close out of incidents and actions within an allocated time frame using an appointed investigation team on site.

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 behavior 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.

As well, there will be a focus on adopting the safety culture from Sabodala to the newly acquired Wahgnion gold project.  As our operations expand, we are training employees and having them take greater ownership of occupational health and safety.

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.

Our 2016 Sabodala Safety Record: 

 Lost time incidents OHS Committee meetings  Safety Toolbox Meetings  Inspections (recorded)

Sabodala as a whole recorded over 1,263 days and in excess of 12 million exposure hours since 2014 without a lost time injury (“LTI”) prior to our most recent LTI. Sabodala has continuously maintained a LTI frequency rate well below acknowledged industry benchmarking standards, with LTI frequency rates of 0.00 per million hours worked in 2014 through 2016 (down from 0.69 in 2013) which is significantly better than 5.93 as per the mining profile of ANZSIC 2006, 2014/15 for metal ore mining. To date, there have been 12 lost time injuries at Sabodala since the commencement of operations in 2009. All of the affected employees are fully recovered and have returned to work save for the last LTI.

On March 17, 2017 an employee was fatally injured while working in the process plant. The employee was from the local village and had worked at Sabodala since 2011. It was SGO’s first fatality since the start of the operations in March 2009. The DLI completed their investigation and found no fault of the Company but made some recommendations. We have also completed our own internal investigation and we have implemented additional procedures and controls to mitigate the risk of an event of this nature from occurring again. The safety and well-being of all of our employees is of paramount importance to us. 

The safety and well-being of all of our employees is of paramount importance to us. The focus of the OHS program is placed on proactive, people-based safety management which uses a documented systematic approach to focus on hazard identification, task observation and pre-job risk assessment in association with reward and recognition to employees demonstrating positive safety behavior. An annual external OHS audit ensures continuous improvement supported by a vigorous internal auditing program allow for proactive actions to be identified and actioned timeously. The OHS focus will continue to concentrate on refining management of change and maturing risk management in accordance with ISO 31000 to progress the loss prevention program.

Committed to Ensuring the Health of Our Employees

Teranga puts an important focus on the health of our employees. In Senegal, our Sabodala site clinic is available to our employees and annual medical visits are done for our entire workforce, and we are working on a similar initiative in the future for our Burkina Faso site. 

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.

11,000 Our main challenge is to address malaria which is endemic in the regions 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. 

people benefited
from malaria
 spray campaign
in 2016

 We strongly support the local 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 2016, more than 11,000 people benefited from our community malaria spray campaign and on site the number of cases decreased by 21% since 2012.

 Malaria Cases at Sabodala

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