As a complement to our work on safety culture, all sites are working to implement internationally recognized health and safety management systems, such as the Towards Sustainable Mining Safety and Health Protocol and ISO 45001. The management systems will provide a framework to improve health and safety, reduce workplace risks and enhance health and well-being at work, enabling the organization to proactively improve its H&S performance. They will build on existing ISO 9001 quality management systems at several sites.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted implementation at many sites. Despite the challenges, each site continued to build internal awareness and capabilities through training, update gap analyses and action plans, and charter implementation teams. In early 2021, the Fort Site completed an external TSM verification audit that validated its self-assessed scores. The Fort Site is the first Sherritt operation to pass through this milestone, and it is an important first step towards the disclosure of TSM performance on the Mining Association of Canada’s website.