The health, safety and wellbeing of our people is paramount and remains front and centre of everything we do at Gold Road. Our approach is best reflected in Gold Road’s Company Values, which drive the way we go about our business.
Each year, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness. Throughout our lifetime, mental health illness will therefore impact many of us either directly or indirectly.
In December 2017, the Company embarked on a journey to increase our mental health awareness and leadership capability. We initiated a programme of Mental Health First Aid training for all employees which saw an initial group of Gold Road staff being certified. By the end of 2018, almost 100% of Gold Road leaders and 80% of our employees were trained in Mental Health First Aid. On the back of this training programme we can proudly report that Gold Road became the first organisation in the mining industry to achieve Gold Accreditation from Mental Health First Aid Australia. Read full article here
The implementation of more family-friendly rosters and the incorporation of mindfulness into our work day, demonstrate further examples of our commitment to optimising the health and wellbeing of our people. The contribution and participation from our staff, emphasises our collective and unified efforts to create a healthier and safer workplace for all.
In 2018, the Company embraced and expanded the deployment of the Vital Behaviours Influencer Model across non-operational business functions to assist with delivering those functions’ strategic objectives. This included implementing the Vital Behaviours programme to the management support teams of Gold Road’s drilling contract partners and their operational personnel.
By the end of the year, the Vital Behaviours programme had become an integral part of the Gold Road organisation. Gold Road’s Vital Behaviours for Health and Safety are:
Speak Up, Follow Procedures, Support Safe Teamwork, and Seeking Hazards.
In 2018, we formalised our approach to Critical Risk Management with the identification of high risk tasks involving Life Critical Risks. These are the areas of risk where there is a realistic chance that a fatality or life changing injury can occur. Ten Life Critical Risk standards were developed with supporting resources to appropriately manage the risks.
The focus in 2019 will be to embed our Life Critical Risks management programme throughout our workforce and link them to our Vital Behaviours. This will ensure that our HSE systems are supported through effective health and safety behaviours. We will work closely with our new drill contractor to ensure that the Life Critical Risks applicable to their drilling activities and operations are understood and embedded within their drill teams.