Health and Safety

Providing a safe and healthy work environment for our people is a priority for NAC. The Company promulgates a comprehensive safety program designed to minimize risks in the work environment and ensures compliance with occupational health and safety standards in its operations:

  • Mandated use of protective equipment and safety devices
  • Provision of first-aid and emergency equipment in strategic areas
  • Regular safety inspections
  • Regular safety briefings and emergency preparedness training and drills
  • Safety orientation for new employees
  • Comprehensive investigation of incidents and near-misses to understand root cause and implement corrective measures
  • Monitoring of lost time injuries, medically treated injuries, minor injuries and non-injury incidents

Overseeing the consistent execution of the program is the Central Safety and Health Committee (CSHC) established in all mine sites, with oversight and responsibility for occupational health and safety programs.

The CSHC is composed of the Resident Mine Manager, at least one safety engineer, and representatives across Divisions, Groups, Departments, and Sections as well as from the union and the contractors. The CSHC promulgates standard processes to constantly monitor issues and employee concerns relating to health and safety.

Moreover, Safety Officers conduct regular inspections to ensure employee compliance with the Company’s safety rules and regulations.

As part of its commitment, the Company has invested in proper safety equipment for employees and visitors alike. Standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) include skull guards, eye goggles/ spectacles, dust/ chemical respirator/masks, ear muffs, hand gloves, high visibility vests, rain boots, raincoats, and safety shoes that are to be required in specified area.

Underlining the principle of accountability and giving importance to personal inputs, employees have representation in Health and Safety Committees.

In RTN, for instance, there are 56 employee committee representatives corresponding to 8% of the total number of regular employees. TMC has 55 employee representatives (or roughly 8% of regular employees), HMC has 21 (9%), and CMC has 58 (24%).

With these safety systems and processes in place, it is likely that untoward incidents can be avoided. But should unfortunate accidents occur, the mines are able to immediately and properly address them.

When a fatal accident occurred at the motorpool of TMC, a systematic response protocol was immediately triggered that appropriately addressed the unfortunate accident. The employees at TMC acknowledged the importance of the Company’s quick and decisive response during such situations. Aside from a full investigation of the accident, the corrective measures immediately implemented were:

  • Established a Tire Disassembly/Assembly and Inflation Checklist, to be reviewed and signed by supervisor or section head.
  • Put additional visible warning signages.
  • Intensive refresher safety training to all employees.
  • Provided wheel blocks for all moving units including all service contractors.
  • Intensify sound check-out system – units with defects will not be used.
  • All contractors submitted the updated list of their personnel transport vehicle.
  • Safety Department will revise and issue the sticker used only for personnel transport vehicle. Submission of contractors’ preventive maintenance service schedule of all their available units, to be monitored by the Safety Department and Loss Control Coordinators.
  • Intensify Safety and Health Trainings from department managers down to the line supervisors.

Safety Training courses with ready modules are essential element of the Company’s overall safety program. Additionally, safety reminders and safety signages are visible all around the mine sites to remind everyone of the safety protocols they have to strictly comply with.