Speaking SafeNickel with Anthony
| Date: 27/04/2021
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.
In the Speaking SafeNickel series, Glencore Canada connects with employees asking them about SafeNickel, and safety in general, in order to keep safety top of mind for all employees and contractors. In this interview, we connect with Anthony, Environmental Coordinator, at Raglan Mine.
Glencore Canada: What does SafeNickel mean to you?
Anthony: SafeNickel means producing nickel safely. If this is not the case, we need to stop what we are doing and organize ourselves to find ways to work safely. When we see an unsafe situation, we must have the courage to report it by being a participant. Obviously, this takes time, but it is important to do it. In the end, you don’t want a colleague to get hurt and then have to say to yourself: “I should have done something to correct the situation.”
When we see an unsafe situation, we must have the courage to report it by being a participant. Obviously, this takes time, but it is important to do it. In the end, you don’t want a colleague to get hurt and then have to say to yourself: “I should have done something to correct the situation."
Glencore Canada: What changes have resulted from using safety standards such as the fatal hazard protocols (FHPs)?
Anthony: I’ve seen how health and safety has evolved ever since my first visit as a student to the site in the summer of 2005 to work in the laboratory, as well as through my roles as a member of the fire brigade and first responder. Sometimes, we got used to certain working environments and did not perceive risk, yet it was still present. One of the more significant changes brought by using safety standards has been that they have encouraged us to think about how to manage these risks. For instance, as part of our working environment, there were risks associated with working at height. By making adjustments, we have been able to eliminate risks at the source: we have adapted our working methods, so that we no longer have to work at height.
Glencore Canada: Do you have an example of how safety standards and/or the FHP approach have added value at Raglan Mine?
Anthony: Health and safety requires good planning, organization and communication, no matter the task I have to do at work or at home. When you take the time for proper planning, you improve the chances that the rest will go well! Over the years, I realize how much we have improved our practices in the Environment Department. These small gradual improvements have enabled us to be where we are today. I always try to simplify tasks and remove risks at the source to avoid accidents. Identifying and correcting dangerous situations that I observe in my daily life is part of my culture at Raglan Mine.
We tend to take our good health for granted. However, as soon as you injure yourself, no matter what type of injury, you lose your autonomy, which can really affect your life. That’s why I try to always provide my colleagues with my full support, especially for new workers who do not necessarily see all the risks.
Glencore Canada: What are your current concerns regarding safety and how do you contribute to preventing a safety incident?
Anthony: No one wants to get hurt and I don’t want to see a friend get injured at work. I know what it’s like to have a serious injury. We tend to take our good health for granted. However, as soon as you injure yourself, no matter what type of injury, you lose your autonomy, which can really affect your life. That’s why I try to always provide my colleagues with my full support, especially for new workers who do not necessarily see all the risks. When I train others, I like to take the time to explain why we do things this way so that everyone understands the importance of our safety measures. This will prevent them from being injured.
Glencore Canada: Has your behaviour regarding safety evolved since you joined Raglan Mine?
Anthony: Health and safety is a constant concern for us. It is our experiences and knowledge that guide us in our daily behaviour and acts. I recently did some construction work at home and my son wanted to help me. However, before he started to work with me, he had to have his own personal protective equipment. It’s the same thing when we have a foam ball battle at home; we must first put on our glasses and then open fire!