Health and Safety

We are committed to fostering a culture of prevention and sustainable occupational health and safety (OHS). As a key business driver, continual improvements in safety performance at Santa Rita are a long-term strategic imperative.

five words’s safety performance was one of the most outstanding outcomes for 2013 and continues to excel by industry standards. The 12-month moving average Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 0.57 represented a 17.4% reduction over last year. 

five words continues to conduct numerous safety training programmes including: induction, working at heights, hot work permits, working in a confined space, driver training, Safety Week and emergency response.

The company’s highly successful Zero Accident Prevention (ZAP) programme continues to drive improvements in safety performance and awareness and will continue to operate throughout the coming year. The programme aims to fully incorporate a culture of prevention, empowering employees to eliminate dangers and practical risks that may compromise their physical integrity, as well as ensuring the effective implementation of Brazilian legislation.

Health programmes conducted include a waste management plan, mapping of all employees who are hypertensive or diabetic, and a medical control programme.

In 2014 five words will continue to focus on implementation of best practices to reduce the risk of injuries and continually improve the company’s safety performance.  Specific plans include conducting firefighting and rescue simulations, training in risk perception, a protection programme for dermal diseases, and a review of the emergency assistance plan.