Each year in April, The International Labour Organisation (ILO) marks its international ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’ campaign to promote safe and healthy working environments around the globe. At Eldorado Gold, we see this as an opportunity to reflect on and re-affirm our commitments to the safety and health of our employees, contractors and communities in which we operate. Our corporate focus is on driving an engaged, safety-first culture as part of our commitment to a zero-harm workplace.
Health and safety is identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a fundamental element of sustainable development, and in 2022 we updated our corporate Health and Safety Policy to include a greater focus on elements of a strong safety culture. This includes management team and workforce engagement, use of leading indicators, and celebrating successes, innovations, and collaboration that contribute towards a zero-harm workplace. In the past year, each of our sites also completed a self-assessment to drive continuous improvement through corrective action plans.
Below, are a few health and safety highlights from the past year across our operations:
The Exploration team at our Lamaque mine operations was awarded the Safe Day Everyday Gold Award for the greatest number of work hours without a reportable injury among Canadian exploration groups from the Association for Mineral Exploration and Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
Since rolling-out the ‘Safety Engagements’ on-site program, which offers leaders the opportunity to positively reinforce our safety culture and expectations through one-to-one and group interactions, total recordable incidents (TRI) have seen a 25% reduction at our Tüprag operations.
In April 2023, the Tüprag team received the 2nd place Safety Award from Euromines for an employee engagement project. After identifying ongoing challenges with critical lifting equipment, the health and safety team worked closely with employees on a comprehensive solution. Now, there is an inventory management system that enables real-time monitoring, equipment integrity checks, and enhanced controls for storage and use.
The Hellas Gold Health and Safety team has released the Canary Project, a new risk-monitoring database for all monitored physiochemical factors across the sites, which has improved the availability and accessibility of critical data to identify patterns and early signals to prevent health and safety incidents.
Learn more about the ways we are continuously working to strengthen our engagement in the promotion of health, safety, and well-being across our operations in our latest Sustainability Report.