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Health and Safety

Management applies strict operational safety standards at Somkhele, and no material health and safety issues were reported during FY2014/2015.

Somkhele had a remarkable Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.20 for the 2014/2015 Financial Year. The current Progressive LTIFR for the operation (for the period 2007 to 2015) is a commendable 0.214 (down from the 0.217 reported in 2014).

Management is committed to maintaining the safety record at Somkhele.

Health monitoring

Management of Somkhele mine undertakes rigorous health monitoring of its employees and surrounding communities, including examinations of any health impact caused by dust. There is a network of monitoring stations in the local community to measure dust from the mine, and a management programme to ensure it remains within acceptable levels.

Results from Personal Dust Exposure surveys performed on employees during the period under review indicated that all exposures were within the occupational exposure limits of 2.0 mg/m3 for coal dust and 0.1 mg/m3 for Alpha-Quartz. There were no occupational medical cases reported for the FY 2014 / 2015 period.