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Zero harm is our aim says Chamber of Mines President Mike Teke

The conference focuses on improving health and safety in the mining and metallurgy industry, and on minimising environmental impacts. The event is a platform for learning and allows the sharing of ideas on safety, health and the environment.

The MineSAFE conference, which has run since 2011, aims to bring together the Department of Mineral Resources, the Chamber of Mines and its members, mine associations, unions, and health and safety practitioners at all levels from the industry to share best practice and successful strategies for zero harm and a value-based approach to health and safety.

Mr Teke notes: “The Chamber is committed to the 2024 occupational safety milestones through which we seek to eliminate fatalities and reduce injuries. Every fatality is one too many.”

“The Chamber and its members established the CEO Zero Harm Task Team to demonstrate the principle of leading mine health and safety from the top, and harness the achievement of the 2024 milestones on occupational health and safety,” says Teke.

Whilst recognising that there is still much work to be done to achieve the Chambers quest for zero harm, it is encouraged by the mining sector’s 2015 landmark performance of reducing fatalities for the 8th consecutive year – of which the last three years have seen fatalities reduced to below 100, when mine mortalities have historically been over 100.

We congratulate the companies that have been recognised for their sterling performance today at this year’s MineSAFE Industry Awards Day. The performance of these companies indicates that the industry’s goal of zero harm is achievable.

“We thank all the mining industry employees who commit not only to adhering to health and safety rules and regulations, but also support our quest to achieve and sustain zero harm. We are also grateful to the various mining associations for their efforts to the achievement of the zero harm industry goal – including the Mines Rescue Services (MRS),” he concludes.