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Safety and health

The health and safety of our employees is our first priority and our primary objective is to operate the business free of injury and harm.

Safety

Our safety strategy is aligned to leading practice in global safety standards and systems and is fully owned and executed by the executive and operational leadership teams.

We believe that a safe environment is the outcome of a well-executed tactical, operational process and support this principle with the following focus areas:

  • Execution through line management
  • Improving organisational culture, information and line management
  • Technology and innovation
  • Risk management
  • Critical control monitoring
  • Contractor management
  • Implementing internationally recognised safety standards

All our operating mines are OHSS 18001:2007 certified, with Geita, Iduapriem, Siguiri, Cerro Vanguardia, Sunrise Dam and Tropicana mines already migrated to ISO 45001:2018, with the remaining operations to follow.

For further information, refer to <SR>2021: Ensuring the safety of our employees and wider mine communities

Policies and standards

Employee and community health

Our aspiration remains to create healthy workplaces, healthy employees and healthy communities.

Our approach is driven by the interdependence between these – it is informed by the occupational environment as well as social determinants of health that lie beyond the mine fence.

Internally, key health issues facing the company include exposure to occupational hazards and the development of diseases such as silicosis, tuberculosis and noise induced hearing loss. We focus on prevention both in the short and long term by reducing harmful workplace exposures, optimising employee fitness for work and general wellbeing.

Contributing to improving community health involves strengthening local health systems for sustainability, as well as working in partnership with governments and other stakeholders to address specific health challenges.

For further information, refer to <SR>2021: Addressing employee and community health

Silicosis & TB class action settlement

In 2019, AngloGold Ashanti was part of a historic settlement. This settlement not only brought to a close a silicosis class suit by a number of attorneys acting on behalf of former mineworkers, it also sought to address certain shortcomings in the state-run compensation system.

On 10 December 2019, the agreement became unconditional with the delivery of the audited report of the optout process. Only three individuals chose to opt-out, confirming the near unanimous approval of the settlement agreement.

The Tshiamiso Trust, which will implement the agreement over the next 13 years, has now being established.

For further information, refer to www.tshiamisotrust.com and www.oldcollab.co.za

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We know that health risk is broader than the workplace and a significant proportion of determinants of health lie beyond the mine fence. Vice President: Group Health, Dr Bafedile Chauke-Moagi outlines AngloGold Ashanti’s responsibility to protecting public health.

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