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Safety

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Our focus is on safety, employee wellness, training and development. At Debswana we apply productive, efficient and cost effective practices that have successfully positioned us as a globally recognised, safety oriented and high performance organisation in the mining sector.

Safety is a strategic priority at Debswana and the company has rigorous standards and processes in place to prevent injuries.

All operations run initiatives to promote a common culture of Zero Harm and deploy processes to facilitate swift reporting and investigation of every incident to identify root causes, initiate remedial action, and to disseminate lessons learned


SHE Policy

Debswana commits to zero harm and to mine diamonds safely, efficiently and responsibly as well as leaving a positive legacy post mining. It is one of the core values of Debswana Diamond Company to conduct all its operations in a manner that will minimise impact on the environment and uphold the safety and health of our employees and the communities around our operations.

We therefore commit ourselves to:

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining a documented Occupational Health, Safety, Environment and Social management systems based on ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and Social Way Framework.
  • Promoting an organisational culture that is aligned to the goal of Zero Harm
  • Developing processes and programmes for prevention and management of biological, chemical, physical, psychosocial hazards and risks (including emerging risks) that can have an impact on workers’ health, safety, community and the environment
  • Implementation of accident and incident prevention management programmes which will proactively promote employee’s health and wellness
  • Protecting the environment including; managing waste, effluents, emissions, dust, environmental noise and the management of hazardous substances to prevent pollution.
  • Establish and implement systems for safety, health, biodiversity, community, energy and crisis management in line with MAC requirements
  • Reduce the consumption of natural resources relative to production by promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water, energy, land, and implementation of biodiversity conservation programme.
  • Plan for mine closure and actively rehabilitate impacts associated with our activities, products and services
  • Develop and implement fit for work programmes such as fatigue, alcohol, drugs management programmes in support of employee’s health, safety and wellbeing
  • Reporting safety, health and environmental risks and performance as well as providing assurance to the Debswana Board of Directors through the sustainability governance committees

The above commitments will be met by:

  • Integrating safety, occupational health and environmental considerations into all aspects of the business process
  • Implementing formal safety, occupational health and environmental management programmes
  • Providing appropriate training to all employees and contractors
  • Assigning responsibility for the coordination of the safety, occupational health and environmental management programmes to appropriately skilled and experienced managers
  • Providing adequate resources and facilities to implement the requirements of this policy
  • Proactively engaging with the government, communities and other stakeholders on matters related to safety, occupational health and the environment
  • Making public the company`s safety, occupational health and environmental policy and performance
Our common goal: Zero Harm

Our common goal is to activate Zero Harm to employees, the environment, the broader community, and to our product. We consider all risks to people and the environment before proceeding with any activity. We address risks before beginning any activity, even if this means stopping a task. Zero Harm is always our goal.

This will be achieved through implementation of a robust risk management programme that will ensure the effective management of safety and health and environmental risks at all operations. Debswana has adopted and implemented internationally recognised ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 14001: 2015 to support the Zero Harm goal. Surveillance audits are regularly conducted to ensure sustainability, adequacy and effectiveness of the adopted standard.

Safety Programmes

Debswana's Safety Risk Management Programme is designed to educate employees and Business Partners/Contractors in identifying hazards and to assess and manage risk better. The company has rolled-out of programmes of engagement, training and regular safety, health, wellness and environmental awareness campaigns.

The bodacious and excellent performance is attributed to these initiatives and the unrelenting pursuit by all employees to proactive manage the risks across operations.





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