Safety is paramount to the success of our business. To this end, in 2017 we took a number of steps to drive our health and safety agenda and build a culture of safety which encourages personal responsibility and accountability, ensuring that employees and contractors alike have the right attitude and systems to work effectively and safely.
As part of our approach, we contracted Intasite, a specialist induction programme company based in Teesside, to create an induction programme for site employees, contractors and visitors.
All personnel must undertake the induction to prove that they are aware of the risks and of the responsibilities they have to conduct themselves appropriately and ensure the safety of others.
We have also partnered with CFB Risk Management, the commercial arm of the Cleveland Fire Brigade, to help implement safety and security procedures, proactive risk identification and rigorous emergency protocols to ensure assets, equipment and workforce are protected.
The internal Sirius Health and Safety team itself grew to eight personnel and created improved internal programmes to drive the safety culture within the company. This includes encouraging constant feedback on safety issues from all staff to encourage individual responsibility, guard against complacency, and identify potential system improvements.
The development and ongoing operation of a deep polyhalite mine in North Yorkshire and associated infrastructure in Teesside will be a challenging undertaking that will face all of the risks and hazards relating to the construction of any mining operation.
Our main priority is to ensure that everyone connected with our business returns home safely every day, whether they are a member of staff, a contractor or a member of the public. Safety is our number one objective and we continually do our utmost to make every element of our business safer. We are committed to:
While single-site mining projects are complex enough, our project covers three main sites and requires the appointment of multiple contractors during the construction phase. It is critical that for all sites and development phases, health and safety remains the top priority and permeates all of our business areas. In 2016, we refined our Health and Safety Policy and developed a Safety Management System that established a practical framework to which all employees, contractors and other parties can relate in their day-to-day roles. This approach provides clarity and consistency to behaviour, communication, documentation and control.