The safety and wellbeing of employees, contractors and local communities is a fundamental concern of responsible gold-mining companies.
As well as complying with health and safety regulations put in place by national governments, companies typically have their own additional procedures to ensure that staff and contractors are safe at work. These have contributed to an industry-wide improvement in mineworkers’ safety and a significant reduction in injuries within the sector.
The International Council of Mining and Minerals’ Sustainable Development Framework, which many responsible mining companies adhere to, includes a commitment to work for the continuous improvement of any aspect of mine operations that could have a direct impact on the wellbeing of workers, contractors and communities. The framework also stipulates that companies should take all practical and reasonable measures to prevent fatalities, injuries and diseases amongst those working at mines.
Responsible companies take an active role in the health and wellbeing of their employees, and some have extended their initiatives into host communities to support healthcare systems.