Speaking SafeWork - Tony Fournier.png

Back to Insights & stories

Speaking SafeNickel with Tony, Supervisor, Logistics, at Raglan Mine

Author: Glencore Canada | Date: 07/07/2017

Glencore’s first priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of its employees. To achieve this, we must identify and manage health and safety hazards in our workplace. In order to help realize this goal, we launched SafeWork to provide a common global foundation to build our culture of safety worldwide.

At our nickel assets, SafeWork has been adapted as SafeNickel, which supports the operation’s individual safety programs and protocols. 

Speaking SafeNickel connects with Glencore employees asking them about SafeNickel, and safety in general. In this interview, Speaking SafeNickel connects with Tony, Supervisor, Logistics, at Raglan Mine. 

Glencore Canada: What does SafeNickel mean to you? 

Tony: I compare SafeNickel to any big publicity campaign launched by a marketing company; we have a logo and name that aims to relay a critical message. For us, the campaign has kept safety at the forefront of everything we do; it helps connect all of our safety actions and keep a positive momentum behind our efforts. Often these internal campaigns have a tendency to die off or change over time; new slogans, new ideas, etc. SafeNickel has been consistent with its message since its launch. This has helped us maintain discussion on the topic demonstrating that safety remains the number one topic every day. 

I compare SafeNickel to any big publicity campaign launched by a marketing company; we have a logo and name that aims to relay a critical message. For us, the campaign has kept safety at the forefront of everything we do; it helps connect all of our safety actions and keep a positive momentum behind our efforts.

Tony, Supervisor, Logistics, at Raglan Mine

Glencore Canada: What changes have resulted from using the fatal hazards protocol (FHP) approach? 

Tony: The fatal hazard protocols are founded on real things, and are difficult to debate; they are what they are. The protocols give us markers, or guidance, on what we need to work on. As an example, if we examine a certain task we begin with which protocols can be applied, giving us a starting point in our discussion and indicating what questions need to be asked. And everyone on a particular task is included, so we are all asked to reflect on what it means to each of our respective roles. When you bring these perspectives together into a discussion, it engages everyone, which is more likely to bring about corrective actions. 

Glencore Canada: Do you have an example of how the FHP approach has added value at Raglan Mine? 

Tony: SafeNickel gave us a new élan, and renewed positive momentum. It wasn’t just about speaking to safety; there were concrete actions being taken. We tackled each protocol systematically reviewing each one, engaging in discussion with all relevant employees, taking questions and circling back with responses and background information to help drive their implementation. 

Moreover, SafeNickel brought renewed rigour into our safety investigations giving us the necessary markers to begin discussions and analyze cases. SafeNickel brings everyone into the fold to find solutions by upholding personal responsibility. It’s not just about bringing issues to someone’s attention, but bringing solutions to the table too. 

Glencore Canada: What are your current concerns regarding safety and how do you contribute to preventing a safety incident? 

Tony: My key concern is not letting employees let their guard down. For instance, we celebrated a significant milestone in our warehouse recently with five years without a reportable incident, which is great. But we have to keep up the message that we cannot let down our guard. While I offer my congratulations, my message is also to never take anything for granted. It is easy to think we have our work areas under control, but that’s when mistakes happen. If we want to attain six and ten year milestones without an accident in the workplace, that will require we step up to another level of performance. My role is to encourage discussion, demonstrate support for my colleagues, stay visible, accept feedback, and encourage the sharing of our SafeNickel message.

…you must accept safe practices both at work and at home. So, I keep protective glasses everywhere at home; the garage, the basement, attic, etc. In the past, when taking on certain tasks, like cutting firewood, I would have just been focused on getting it done quickly. Now, I am not even capable of taking on a task like that without putting safety first. And I share that message with my family.

Tony, Supervisor, Logistics, at Raglan Mine

Glencore Canada: Has your behaviour regarding safety evolved since you joined Raglan Mine? And what events have influenced you positively? 

Tony: At a previous workplace, injuries and scars realized on the job were considered a badge of honour. And my brother, who also works in the mining industry, has suffered injuries, including one that resulted in him being off work for six months. Lessons like that show that you must accept safe practices both at work and at home. 

So, I keep protective glasses everywhere at home; the garage, the basement, attic, etc. In the past, when taking on certain tasks, like cutting firewood, I would have just been focused on getting it done quickly. Now, I am not even capable of taking on a task like that without putting safety first. And I share that message with my family.