- Improving Mine Safety and Health
- Newmont Mining: Going Above and Beyond to Send Miners Home Safely After Every Shift
July 18, 2017
The National Mining Association (NMA) recently recognized Newmont Mining Corporation for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Newmont is the fourth NMA member company to complete each step of this process.
Safety is a core value for Newmont, and the company has made excellent progress towards achieving its goal of zero harm by lowering injury rates by more than 50 percent since 2012. In fact, Newmont’s injury rates are among the lowest in the mining sector.
“We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development of CORESafety,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of NMA. “The company has been an early developer and adopter of the CORESafety framework and has gone above and beyond to implement its tenets at the company’s operations across the globe.”
CORESafety’s approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. Since its inception in 2011, CORESafety participants have seen a 74 percent reduction in fatalities.
CORESafety is a voluntary mine safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by the NMA. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the CORESafety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the CORESafety safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the CORESafety safety and health management system; and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a third-party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA.
Newmont’s certification is a significant accomplishment for both the company and the mining industry in the U.S. It demonstrations the company’s commitment to driving continuous safety improvement that goes above and beyond what is required by federal and state regulations.