Safety data and indicators

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Monitoring and reporting on occupational health and safety indicators is an important part of driving performance improvement. ICMM produces an annual mining safety report covering the fatality and injury data of its members. The aim of which, is to encourage information and knowledge-sharing among members, and catalyse learning across the industry.

ICMM safety data

For ICMM member companies, any harm is unacceptable. While mining is an inherently hazardous activity, this does not mean that accidents are inevitable. Health and safety is a core value guiding an unwavering commitment to the well-being of workers, their families, communities and wider society. Tragically, however, ICMM members have collectively experienced over 350 deaths over the past five years.

Year Fatalities Fatality frequency rate*
2016 63 0.03
2015 60 0.03
2014 55 0.02
2013 91 0.04
2012 90 0.03

*per 1 million hours worked

More information on ICMM's benchmarking of safety data can be accessed here: 20162015.

Indicators

Prevention of negative occupational health and safety outcomes is both a key moral imperative and an important business value driver. Health and safety indicators are a key measure of performance and an effective identifier of problem areas. Analysis of this data can stimulate actions and reinforce improvements in behaviour.

Historically, the most commonly used indicators for health and safety are those that measure ‘after the fact’ data. These ‘lagging’ indicators record data on harm after an incident has occurred. This data is the basis for the ICMM safety data reporting. ICMM has a set of standard health and safety indicators that can be found here.

Ideally, a hazard will be prevented before it occurs by understanding and managing the circumstances that could give rise to it. These ‘leading’ indicators give ‘advanced warning’ that help companies identify whether proactive risk-lowering decisions and actions are being effective and why a desired result has or has not yet been achieved.

Leading indicators are an important element of critical control management and are largely specific to particular, evolving operating environments. This can make general comparisons problematic as it’s unlikely that a single set of leading indicators can be used in perpetuity within an organisation or appropriately across organisations. Our guidance on critical control management focuses on how leading indicators can be used to monitor real-time performance and respond accordingly.  ICMM has also developed an overview on leading indicators for the mining and metals industry.

While recording actual incidents of harm is important, it’s vital that mining and metals companies invest in critical controls to better fulfil their responsibility of protecting the health and safety of workers, their families, communities and society.