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Health & Safety

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Health and safety is part of our culture. Our management approach starts with a commitment to safeguard the health and safety of people from the highest level of our organization, with our Code of Conduct, EHS&S Policy and performance oversight from the THES&S Board Committee. “Work Responsibly – Safety is non-negotiable” is one of our core values. Our Capstone Safety Leadership Team (comprised of senior management, Mine General Managers, and Health and Safety Managers) meets monthly to review high-potential incidents and develop initiatives to encourage a behaviour-based safety culture, e.g. our inaugural Day of Reflection in 2016.

Each of our operations has a dedicated health and safety team. Our health and safety teams have the critical mandate of supporting our workforce to identify, eliminate or control workplace hazards. They support incident investigations and monitor completion of corrective actions. These teams coordinate training on general safety awareness, and task and specific hazard training, and lead the emergency response programs.

We empower our workforce to take responsibility for their own safety. We train our employees and contractors to evaluate the risks associated with their tasks prior to commencing work, and to understand how to safely perform their tasks. Any employee or contractor has the right to refuse work in an environment they consider unsafe.

We focus improvements on critical risk areas and audit the results. Our operations are advancing standardized Loss Control Management Systems that support a systematic approach to incident reduction. The systems include a critical risk inventory to identify high-risk activities. This helps us focus on evaluating and improving the most critical areas of health and safety.

We measure our health and safety performance. It is a component of annual performance evaluation when we set annual corporate and site objectives for continuous reduction in the number of health and safety incidents, striving towards zero harm. Our health and safety teams measure performance by evaluating several leading and lagging indicators and tracking incidents and corrective actions. We communicate results across the workforce on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.