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Speaking SafeNickel with Sabrina

Author: Sudbury INO | Date: 25/11/2021

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 our 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 Sabrina, Project Geologist, at Sudbury INO.

What does SafeNickel mean to you?

To me SafeNickel is ultimately a commitment to working safely by following policies/procedures and utilizing all tools and strategies to continuously improve and strive for zero harm. The goal is to go home the same way you came to work.

To me SafeNickel is ultimately a commitment to working safely by following policies/procedures and utilizing all tools and strategies to continuously improve and strive for zero harm. The goal is to go home the same way you came to work.

Sabrina, Project Geologist at Sudbury INO

What changes have resulted from using safety standards, such as the fatal hazard protocols (FHPs)?

A majority of my role is working with contractors and I can honestly say that using safety standards such as FHPs has greatly improved our diamond drill activities. Over the years, we’ve made significant changes to procedures, site improvements and changes to the overall safety culture not only of our own  employees, but also of our contractors.

Do you have an example of how safety standards and/or the FHP approach have added value at Sudbury INO?

In my opinion, FHPs have added value to Sudbury INO as they are very detailed on more than one specific hazard. Certain issues can easily be missed while you’re doing an observation but FHPs help cover all aspects of the fatal hazard. The Pre-Task Assessment Card has also been a very powerful tool at our sites by having workers stop to reflect on the task prior to starting. The daily Stop & Corrects reported on the card have built positive safety discussions and overall made significant site improvements over the last few years.

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

My current priority regarding safety would be working with production-based contractors. It can be challenging to change a worker’s mind-set to understand that safety is our top priority. I truly believe that daily safety interactions, sharing learnings from past incidents in line-up meetings and building confidence in workers to report near misses have been contributing in preventing a safety incident. It is really great to see how we can work side by side with the same safety culture in mind. We have shown we can work together and have stretches of no recordable injury periods of two to three years. Certainly, we need to continue working together as zero harm is a journey. It is definitely a team effort, including strong engagement and commitment from our contractors.

Has your behaviour regarding safety evolved since you joined Sudbury INO?

Absolutely. Since I’ve joined Sudbury INO, my behaviour regarding safety has not only evolved at work, but also at home.