Health & Safety

Committed to Zero Harm

At Lundin Mining we are committed to providing our employees and contractors with a safe, healthy, and productive work environment wherever we operate. Our fundamental objective is Zero Harm and we hold safety as our top priority in everything we do. We actively work to promote and positively influence the health, safety and well-being of our workforce, local communities, vendors and suppliers, and other stakeholders.

The values of Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Excellence establish the foundation for our approach to health and safety, and underpin our efforts to create an Interdependent Safety Culture across the company.

An interdependent safety culture is one where safety is held as a value across the organization; where safety is led from the top and owned by everyone; where everyone makes a personal commitment to go home safe each and every day, and; where everyone looks out for the safety and well-being of others.

While many of our 2020 and 2021 health and safety efforts focused on COVID-19 prevention and response, we also continually worked to materially improve our hazard identification, elimination, and control processes; to enhance personal safety accountability across all levels of the organization; to reduce long term occupational health risk exposures, and to progress our fatality prevention efforts.

We believe every injury is preventable and as part of our commitment to Zero Harm, our goal is to send everyone home healthy, safe and well, each and every day.

An Integrated Approach

Lundin Mining follows an integrated approach to health, safety, environment and communities management through implementation of the company's Responsible Mining Management System (RMMS) standard. The RMMS standard is aligned to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 requirements, and has been benchmarked against relevant aspects of the Mining Association of Canada's Toward Sustainable Mining standard.

Key health and safety aspects of RMMS implementation include workplace hazard identification, reporting and control requirements, qualitative and quantitative risk assessments, Life-Saving Rules, fatality prevention requirements called high consequence protocols, leadership training, fatality prevention training, safe work procedures and permit systems, safety interactions, safe work observations, incident reporting and investigation, root cause analysis, and sharing of lessons learned.

Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene

A key pillar in keeping everyone safe and healthy is our occupational health and industrial hygiene program. Occupational Health is just as important as physical workplace safety. Each of our mining operations provide occupational health services to their employees either through on-site clinics or through local occupational medical providers or contracted mobile services. In addition, each operation maintains an industrial hygiene program aimed at reducing the potential long-term occupational health risks through the identification, monitoring and control of potential exposures to chemical, biological, physical and ergonomic agents in the workplace. Our operations regularly sample and assess for potential workplace exposure to hazardous substances such as diesel particulate matter, silica, respirable dusts, arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and noise. When potential exposures are identified, we work to apply the hierarchy of controls to eliminate, reduce and control the risk to human health.

Measuring Our Performance

Our focus on culture, safety and leadership has helped us regularly improve our health and safety performance over the last decade. While we measure our performance using a mix of leading and lagging indicators, the indicator used to measure overall performance and to benchmark against our industry peers is the Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF) rate. We also use Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) rate as a reference indicator. Our injury rates are calculated based on a 200,000-hour forumula. We follow the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of first aid and medical treatment for classification of recordable injuries, and our reporting processes are aligned to the International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM) Health and Safety Performance Indicators (2014) manual and to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) GRI 403-2018: Occupational Health and Safety standard.

2020 Health and Safety Accomplishments

  • Lundin Mining best ever TRIF of 0.55
  • Lundin Mining best ever LTIF of 0.26
  • Lundin Mining total recordable injury reduction of 23%
  • Lundin Mining lost time injury reduction of 41%
  • Eagle Mine best ever TRIF of 0.48
  • Zinkgruvan Mine best ever TRIF of 1.29

Crisis Management Planning and Emergency Preparedness

We work to maintain a high degree of emergency preparedness across each of our operations. As part of that process, we have crisis management plans and strategies (including a Pandemic Response Plan) for each of our operations and corporate headquarters, and we conduct training and practice scenarios annually. Teams from our operations participate in regional and international competitions to test their skills against those of their peers. Our crisis management plans are supplemented by site-specific emergency response plans that are catered to the unique aspects of each operation.  In addition, each of our operations maintain emergency response capabilities suited to their unique working environments. 

This level of preparation allowed us to strategically plan for and deliver a timely and effective response to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020. As a result, we were able to provide a flexible and adaptive response to the pandemic with very little business disruption while first and foremost ensuring our workforce and local communities were protected and supported.

Working Together (and Virtually)

Teamwork, good leadership, employee involvement, and a personal commitment to health and safety are critical to achieving Zero Harm. Even with the constraints of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, including the need for many to work virtually using tools such as video conferencing, our workforce has remained actively involved in health and safety by participating in working groups, pandemic crisis management teams, special projects, business improvement initiatives, health and safety committees, and through engagement with designated employee health and safety representatives. We have continued to hold regular safety meetings to review key hazards, risks and required safeguards, and we have increased health and safety awareness, communication campaigns, and training for our employees and contractors to support COVID-19 education and prevention awareness, both on site and in our local communities. At Lundin Mining, everyone plays a role in support of our Zero Harm objective.