As a member of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), Sherritt adheres to MAC’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) program, whose best-practice principles are integrated into the company’s sustainability standards. Oil & Gas and Power (OGP) has made excellent progress in conforming to TSM’s Safety and Health Protocol at its energy-production facilities in Cuba.
OGP completed a gap analysis of its practices relative to the Safety and Health Protocol in 2014, and developed a short-term action plan to address gaps and reach a B Level in TSM’s grading system for protocol conformance by the end of 2015. In July 2015, OGP engaged Deloitte to verify progress and identify areas for improvement. One of the biggest challenges was documentation – although OGP had many of the required practices in place, the practices often were not formally documented.
During 2017, the application of TSM’s Safety and Health Protocol was further evaluated by Deloitte. The focus was on identifying any gaps in OGP’s performance, as well as highlighting improvements made since the last review. There were significant improvements to a number of indicators at each division. For example:
Site management continues to demonstrate a commitment to instilling a safety culture at the operations, as evidenced by such programs as Field Level Audit Cards, regular safety statistic updates and communications, detailed analysis of performance matrix and statistics, increased employee involvement and an obvious positive response from operators and employees, noted by the Deloitte auditors. OGP has not only strived to meet the TSM protocol standards but also committed to improving the implementation and effectiveness of its health and safety systems more broadly.