Sharing learning across the group
In 2014, we reviewed our safety strategy to ensure it included the right balance across the priority areas. This led to the launch of our fatality prevention programme: critical risk management, or CRM.
CRM works by making sure that before starting a task, every person fully understands the risks and takes the right actions to make sure they are protected. In practice, this means checking fatality critical controls are implemented and working before the job starts.
CRM allows learning and trends to be shared quickly across the Group. In two years, it has gone from being piloted in a handful of locations to being implemented at all of our sites worldwide. We have also now broadened the scope of CRM to include three critical health fatality risks – thermal extremes, chronic hazardous substances and malaria – to prevent harmful health exposures to our workforce.
Several of our sites are using innovative technologies to improve safety performance. We are now able to virtually immerse our new starters in the Oyu Tolgoi underground mine from the comfort of a chair and headset on the mine surface. Or we can load an app on our phone, slot it into a viewing device and find ourselves in Namibia conducting a hazard hunt for falling objects. The use of technology is creating an exciting and effective way to learn from incidents and pass on key safety messages.