At OceanaGold, we recognise the importance of our people and we pride ourselves on creating a workplace that lives our organisational values: ¬†Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Action and Accountability.
We are a growing global mining organisation with operations spread across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines and we genuinely value the critical role that our people play in our success.
If you are interested in joining OceanaGold, and becoming a member of the OceanaGold team, we would love to hear from you.
For general information or queries¬†about careers at OceanaGold in Australia,¬†the¬†Philippines or New Zealand, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Safety
OceanaGold places enormous importance on the health and safety of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. Looking after their wellbeing forms part of the company’s licence to operate and is the foundation on which its business success is built.
Improving OceanaGold’s health and safety performance is an ongoing priority and the company strives to create a mindset in which its workforce believes that an incident and injury free workplace is an achievable goal in today’s mining industry. Training and education are the key to development of this mindset and to highlighting the principle that all incidents and injuries are preventable.
OceanaGold’s objective is to increase the level of health and safety awareness and in so doing, make its goals in this area a reality.
Health & Safety Management
OceanaGold’s health and safety management principles dictate that a combined effort is necessary requiring not only a commitment from management, but a similar dedication from its employees and contractors. To achieve this, OceanaGold’s annual improvement targets are set out to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time framed, or ‘SMART’. The company has developed specific KPIs that refer back to the SMART targets and help track its health and safety performance over time. These include:
- Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR)
- Injury Type
- Workers Compensation Claims
Tracking this data year on year assists OceanaGold to effectively analyse its performance and identify opportunities for further improvement, training and development. The company has used the 2008 data protocols and its health and safety systems to help track and report this information.
Health¬†& Safety Training
OceanaGold conducts regular Health and Safety training sessions at its New Zealand and Philippines sites. Training progress is monitored with regular onsite mock exercises and emergency scenarios.¬† To support the expansion of our operations, including underground mining, Oceanagold has in place a comprehensive program for training mine rescue and first response teams.
Some recent training initiatives include training for Responders which involved work and rescue at heights, vertical and rope rescue, pre hospital care training, advanced first aid, BG4 and CABBA breathing apparatus use, confined space and rescue in toxic atmospheres, underground rescue training and first aid.
Contribution to Health and Safety in the Community
The company’s first response teams are not only on call to assist at incidents on site, but also routinely provide aid to off-site incidents that occur from time to time within the communities surrounding the Company’s operations in New Zealand.
OceanaGold takes pride in the partnerships forged and benefits delivered to local communities at each of its operations. Looking beyond social corporate donations, OceanaGold strives to create opportunities for ongoing growth and development in host country communities. Whether it be malaria eradication and medical missions in the Philippines, or art parks and sports sponsorship in New Zealand, the company is committed to continued improvement in its community programs and initiatives. Company growth will further expand OceanaGold‚Äôs ability to invest in the social and economic well-being of its communities, a major and abiding priority for the company.
For examples of initiatives in our communities, please refer to "In the Spotlight"¬†and¬†our latest¬†Sustainability Report
OceanaGold places great importance on responsible environmental management at its operations globally. While compliance with all applicable statutory requirements in the countries in which it operates remains the overarching goal, the Company has also developed and expanded a number of unique and innovative environmental programs.
OceanaGold Corporation Environmental Policy
OceanaGold is committed to continued improvement in the identification, assessment, mitigation and monitoring of the environmental effects of its operations. The company works hard to plan and implement environmental projects that protect and support the natural environments associated with its operations and that demonstrate its focus on international best practice environmental stewardship. Clearly, the company‚Äôs activities can impact the environment and in some cases, create lasting effects.¬† Wherever possible, OceanaGold seeks to ensure a net environmental gain from its activities and is diligent in its adherence to all applicable laws and standards here and offshore.
- The Company aims to be an industry leader in the identification, assessment, mitigation and monitoring of its environmental impacts. Specifically, OceanaGold commits to:
- Identify and mitigate all environmental and human health impacts associated with its activities. In undertaking mitigation measures the company will aim for a net environmental gain.
- Comply with all applicable laws and standards; and apply company wide standards based on international best practice that minimise adverse environmental impacts arising from its operations.
- Rehabilitate the mine sites to a stable landscape and land use which does not pose any unacceptable risk to the environment.
- Develop an end of mine life land use, in consultation with stakeholders, that will leave a positive legacy.
The aim of this policy is to provide direction to our employees and contractors undertaking activities on the Company‚Äôs behalf. The policy aims to place OceanaGold at the forefront of environmental impact identification and mitigation within the mining industry.
OceanaGold‚Äôs environmental management program is based on the complete mine life cycle, from exploration through development and operation, to eventual decommissioning, closure and site rehabilitation. The company seeks to not only meet, but consistently exceed regulatory requirements in place to protect the environment for future generations and safeguard the sustainability of nearby communities.
The widespread use of environment induction programs has also helped better define responsibilities and duty of care in relation to the environment at each of the company‚Äôs sites. OceanaGold has invested substantial resources in fostering a culture of continuous improvement in environmental management. The company‚Äôs commitment to setting a high environmental benchmark is reflected in management of its operations globally.
Prior to initiating and throughout the duration of mining operations, external consultants and suitably certified internal staff conduct extensive assessments to ensure that: flora, fauna, water and air quality and cultural sites are protected, and noise and waste impacts are minimised.
Negotiated Greenhouse Agreement
OceanaGold is focused on reducing greenhouse emissions across the company.¬† The Company is a partner to a Negotiated Greenhouse Gas Agreement (NGA) with the New Zealand Government to minimise greenhouse emissions. The NGA requires us to improve our efficiency to minimise our greenhouse gas emissions to an agreed level based on an independent assessment and consistent with world‚Äôs best practice. The Company‚Äôs two New Zealand mines, Macraes and Reefton, now operate under this Agreement.
A key component of the company‚Äôs commitment to greenhouse emission reduction is its procurement policy. The policy aims to significantly lower transport (diesel) and stationary fuel (LPG) consumption, OceanaGold‚Äôs largest source of direct greenhouse emissions.
In 2010, OceanaGold submitted the 2010 Negotiated Greenhouse Agreement Milestone Report to the New Zealand Government.¬† The report confirms OceanaGold‚Äôs net position as emitting less tonnes of CO2 than the target specified.¬†¬†¬†
Current and Future Innovations
OceanaGold has introduced additional innovations as part of its environmental management, these include:
- Comprehensive site rehabilitation to minimise topsoil disturbance and revegetation of affected areas across all operations.
- The use of indigenous and native species in the rehabilitation programs.
- Improved water management across all operations, including water quality testing and maintenance of a springs and well inventory at the Didipio operations.
- Significant upgrade of waste management and treatment systems
- Adopting the International Cyanide Code as part of the handling and disposal of cyanide during processing
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