Health & Safety

The health and safety of our employees, contractors, and local communities is paramount.

It is the foundation upon which we build our values, culture, and success and is embedded in every facet of our organisation. We continuously strive to improve and advance our health and safety systems through employee engagement, industry benchmarking, and the highest standards and performance.

Safety in our culture

Our safety performance and culture is aligned to our core values to achieve workforce health, safety, hygiene and wellbeing. Every person is essential in supporting, embracing and promoting our safety performance and culture across the business.

Our governance framework, supporting systems and our risk management process are aligned to the International Standard for Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines ISO 31000 (2009).

We drive safety leadership at all levels by requiring all levels of our workforce to be actively engaged in the safety of themselves and their colleagues, and we regularly measure and report the outcomes.

We report annually on our health and safety performance in our GRI Sustainability Report.


Our Health and Safety Policy outlines our commitment to protect and promote the safety, and occupational health of our workforce (employees and contractors) and local communities through the implementation of a management system and structure focused on:

  • Complying with all host country health and safety laws as a minimum
  • Implementing effective health and safety management systems and standards across OceanaGold aligned with ISO 45001:2018 and other Internationally accepted Standards and Conventions
  • The identification, elimination and management of health and safety risks to as low as reasonably practicable
  • Establishing measurable objectives and targets that focus activities on key areas to reduce potential harm and optimise health and wellbeing
  • Providing all necessary training, education, equipment, resources and information to ensure a healthy and safe work environment
  • Promoting open communication and consultation on all health and safety matters to encourage personal involvement and positive attitudes towards health and safety
  • Supporting the rehabilitation and reintegration of employees following illness or injury
  • Effectively developed, tested and maintained emergency response plans
  • Continuously monitoring, reviewing and improving our health and safety management systems and performance.

We require and expect the cooperation of employees, contractors and visitors to:

  • Maintain a positive attitude and open communications towards health and safety
  • Report all hazards, incidents and injuries and implement effective actions
  • Comply with all policies, standards and procedures
  • Always present in a fit condition to undertake their duties
  • Observe and support safe behaviours in others.

Operational Safety

Continuing to improve our health and safety performance is always a priority and we strive to create a mindset in which every employee believes that an incident and injury-free workplace is achievable.

Management of workplace hazards through the implementation of hard controls and effective training and education are critical to supporting this positive mindset and underpin the principle that all incidents and injuries are preventable.

More information about how we implement occupation safety is available in our Safety Performance Standards Manual.

Health and wellbeing

We care about creating an environment where the health and wellbeing of our workforce is monitored and reviewed proactively as part of the operational management process and have implemented a global system for reporting and tracking both occupational health exposures and the effectiveness of controls at all our operations.

The system enables us to apply a consistent, best practice approach across our operations enabling us to eliminate harmful workplace exposures and potential chronic illnesses.

More information about how we implement health and wellbeing is available in our Health Performance Standards Manual.

Our COVID-19 response

Our management of COVID-19 requires a flexible and adaptable approach that reflects the local reality at each of our sites – considerate of national and regional response requirements, local workforce demographics, resources and the physical aspects of the workplace.

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our workforce and the communities in which we live and work.

We are in regular communication with the regulatory agencies in each operational jurisdiction, subscribe to the advice of the World Health Organisation, and are consistently reviewing industry best practice to assess opportunities to reduce our exposure to the virus.

Our focus is prevention, preparedness, response and recovery for all our workplace and community activities, and our management measures fall into three key areas:

  1. Minimise the risk of employees’ contracting or spreading COVID-19 at work or during transit to or from work.
  2. Have a well-informed workforce that can self-manage to reduce exposure risks to themselves and their families.
  3. Develop specific and stringent operational continuity plans that reflect the specific requirements at each of our offices and operations and prevent our workplaces from becoming a potential source of transmission.

The outbreak of the pandemic was unprecedented and unpredictable, and it remains so. Across the Company we have strict global COVID-19 protocols and are responding quickly to new ways of working.

We continue working with our business partners, including contractors, suppliers, banks and customers to keep them across our planning and operational status, including the protocols being implemented across the Company.

With global vaccination programs commencing, we released our COVID-19 Vaccination Statement of Position, outlining our commitments to support equitable global distribution of vaccines in line with jurisdictional strategies, programs and goals.