SHE - Safety, Health and Environment Policy


As a South African based referee gold refinery, Rand Refinery acknowledges its responsibilities to its employees, employees of providers of goods and services, customers, members of the community and all other stakeholders with respect to safety, health and, environment ("SHE") management. Furthermore, Rand Refinery is committed to living its SHE Value in all its daily activities and operations.


The purpose of this policy is to clarify Rand Refinery intent and communication in relation to Safety, Health and Environment issues, as well as applicable legislation standards.


The Chief Executive Officer is charged with the overall management of SHE. The Board of Directors requires company-wide compliance with this policy and this will be monitored by regular reports to the Social & Ethics Committee.

Legislative and/or Business Context

  • Occupational Health & Safety Act No.45 of 1993
  • ISO 14001
  • OHSAS 18001
  • National Nuclear Regulator Act 47 of 1999 and all relevant regulations

Policy Content

Following consultation with its employees, Rand Refinery has committed to:
  • Ensuring safety and health in the workplace and surrounding areas;
  • Ensure that the health of its employees will be protected and not adversely affected by radiation exposure, through a medical surveillance and control programme for persons occupationally exposed
  • Identifying and preventing adverse impacts on human health and the environment under normal and emergency circumstances and;
  • Continual improvement and prevention of pollution.

These commitments will set the framework for setting objectives and targets and will be achieved by:
  • Complying with national and international standards, industry norms, codes of practice and legislation applicable to Rand Refinery (Pty) Ltd business;
  • Providing adequate resources for the development, implementation and review of company policy, procedures, work instructions and standards;
  • Adopting a zero tolerance approach to the implementation of standards and procedures;
  • Placing the management of occupational safety and health as a prime responsibility of line management from the executive through to the first line supervisory level;
  • Continually improving SHE management performance, as measured and reviewed in accordance with ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 , National Nuclear Regulator Act 47 of 1999; and all relevant regulations and the principles of good governance and risk management, and assessing the effectiveness of these through regular audits;
  • Setting safety, health, environment and radiation protection objectives based on a comprehensive strategic plan and measuring performance against the plan;
  • Consulting with employees on the attainment of the overall objectives and benchmarks of Rand Refinery;Monitoring the effects of the company's operational activities on the safety and health of employees and others and conducting regular performance reviews;
  • Applying the As Low As Resonably Achievable (ALARA) principle regarding occupational exposure of employees and contractors to radiation and radioactive substances;
  • Ensuring the implementation of an effective medical surveillance programme for employees occupationally exposed to radiation;
  • Ensuring the competence of members of the workforce by providing appropriate training in order for them to fulfill their designated responsibilities
  • Providing the necessary personal protective equipment;
  • Establishing and maintaining a system of medical surveillance for all employees and contractors working on site;
  • Identifying potential sources of pollution, working to prevent such pollution and minimizing waste from our activities;
  • Mitigating our carbon footprint and climate change risks;
  • Undertaking initiatives in partnership with the communities in which we operate, with the aim of contributing to a sustainable future for such communities;
  • Communicating openly on safety, health and environmental issues with all employees and other stakeholders, ensuring that they are aware of this policy and their relevant responsibilities;
  • Requiring contractors to comply with this policy; and
  • Seeking to influence partners in alliances with Rand Refinery to apply this policy.

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