CoreSafety module 4; Fatality prevention and risk management

July 16, 2015

During its 2014 annual meeting, the SME Board of Directors voted to endorse voted to endorse the National Mining Association’s (NMA) CORESafety initiative.

TheCORESafety framework includes a safety and health management system based on three core organizational competencies…

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Assurance

…that are managed through continual improvement principles of Plan, Do, Check and Act.

These competencies are further defined in 20 modules. Each module includes performance expectations and timelines to ensure steady progress toward the goal of achieving zero fatalities and 50 percent reduction in the rate of injuries within five years—0:50:5.

CoreSafety Module 4 is fatality prevention and risk management.

How does your company assess and manage elements of risk?

If you take the time and have the patience to thoroughly engage in the risk management process, it can be a game-changer in terms of the positive role it can play in your company’s safety culture and performance.

When it comes to mining, an effective risk management process is best defined as a comprehensive method that identifies, ranks, and mitigates employee and community exposure to risks of all types.

The risk management process includes:

  • Identifying safety and health hazards;
  • Evaluating the associated risk and consequences;
  • Developing controls to eliminate or minimize negative outcomes to an acceptable level; and
  • Eliminating the risk or reducing it to the lowest practical level.

A valuable new resource to help implement this process at your operation is the International Council on Mining & Metals’ (ICMM) recently released "Health and Safety Critical Control Management “Good Practice Guide."

The guide provides best practices on how to identify and manage critical controls that can either prevent a serious incident occurring in the first place or help minimize the consequences if a serious incident happens to occur.

CORESafety Module 4 is your source for better understanding risk management and fatality prevention


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