Commitment to Safety

AREVA safety day in Dulaan Uul site

Building a safety culture at the highest level that involves all employees and subcontractors is a real commitment.

Commitment of the General director

In 2014, the General director of AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI committed through his safety commitment letter to work on 4 key topics:

  • Revise and implement the transportation procedures to avoid the road accidents,
  • Ensure that all prevention measures and equipment are operational to ensure the Fire Safety,
  • Reinforce the control on the alcohol and ban the use of it within AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI sites,
  • Develop and consolidate our Emergency Response Plan and do regular drills in order to be ready in case of an emergency.

For that, a safety action plan has been deployed according those four topics.

Safety program and the road map for its implementation

The mining activities are conducted in conjunction with a risk prevention policy.

All employees contribute to improving safety through their daily behavior, with the aim of preventing accidents and achieving the target of zero accidents.

The occupational safety program consists of:

  • A culture: reinforcement of the safety culture
  • A policy: implementation of the safety policy
  • Respect of rules: the establishment of rules understood and applied by everyone
  • An organization: a safety organization in each activity to implement actions and achieve the safety objectives in each of the three areas above

To implement this program and promote safety at the workplace, a large-scale action plan has been introduced. The road map for this action plan has four pillars.

Leadership & culture

AREVA Mongol has an annual health, safety and environment (HSE) action plan similarly to all other AREVA mining subsidiaries. Various actions are deployed throughout the year to develop safety leadership and culture and improve safety performance.

Standards & procedures

Safety assessments for general standards & procedures are performed in Mongolia and cover a range of subjects, such as:

  • road safety, to make drivers aware of road risks;
  • the implementation of operational standards, at all sites to ensure the same reference framework is used;
  • Improvements to drilling activities based on feedback and active support from drilling contractors. This covers training, drilling techniques, organizational improvements, safety inspections, hazard training, personal protective equipment and work area cleanliness.

Safety Records in Mongolia

Safety dashboard is a tool deployed  across all AREVA entities. Safety monthly results are communicated to all employees and subcontractors to raise their safety awareness and continue to promote the need for vigilance and attention through Safety reports. Those reports give the monthly safety results and one specific topic is developed according the reported events.

In 2015, 1 lost time accident and 1 medical treatment injury and 1 first aid treatment were recorded for AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI and its subcontractors.

Also AREVA Mongol has registered six near misses. 

Organization & capabilities

Protecting employees means taking action to provide training and raise awareness about health and safety. Safety induction and training courses are organized on all sites for new recruits and newly-assigned employees. In addition, a general training course on occupational health and safety, radiation protection and the protection of personnel and assets has been introduced. To maintain awareness and safety culture of employees and ensure that new information (organization, procedures, regulations) are communicated to all employees, regular retraining are organized through renewal of inductions, tool box meetings...

Regular safety events

Within the framework of the occupational safety program, regular safety events are being organized regularly:

  • 5 minutes for safety every morning.
  • A weekly safety meeting takes place every Sunday on the Dulaan Uul camp.
  • Every June, the month of Occupational Health & Safety takes place within the group as well as in AREVA Mongol and COGEGOBI.

Personal protection equipment is selected with the involvement of employee representatives and employees are demanded and reminded to wear them at all times.

COGEGOBI pays attention to occupational safety of not only its employees but also its contractors. The company also organizes training on occupational safety for subcontractors’ employees. Data from subcontractor’s safety performance is also included in AREVA Mongol’s reporting.

Safety Day in Mongolia

Safety Day in Mongolia

Since 2013, Safety Days are  held in Ulaanbaatar office and Dulaan Uul site. The objective of these days is to raise safety awareness among employees and subcontractors and promote best practices.

Risk analysis & readiness

Risk prevention takes the form of actions and procedures based on regulatory requirements and group standards: method statement and risk assessment, health risk assessment, the safety culture assessment developed with the group employees and subcontractors, the introduction of substitutes for hazardous substances, and eco-design.

Protective and preventive measures are thus defined on the basis of prior risk analyses.These measures are based on specific technical characteristics, on organization, procedures, operational methods, and relevant capabilities.

In 2013, emergency management was strengthened. Its is based on operational authority delegated to personnel in the field to ensure a faster and more effective response to emergencies

Areva employees are trained and provided leadership so they know how to react in emergencies. Emergency management exercises are conducted to observe how the organization works and what improvements are needed in capabilities, communication, and stakeholder involvement to optimally manage deteriorating situations or exceptional events.

Examples of company procedures in place

  • Emergency response plan,
  • A procedure to reporting events related to occupational health and safety, environmental protection and radiation protection in mining activities.