In 2009 when Colin Rice Exploration and Training first explored and developed a drill site safety standard for a major mining company, there was not much interest in it from the rest of the industry. Since then, we have developed drill site safety standards for 5 other major mining companies in Africa. The drive for a safety standard was predominantly from mining companies to gain consistency in safety performance across their projects. However, from our recent experience and interactions, a number of contractors have shown great interest in applying similar standards across their operations. The potential benefits of this standard are:
- Improved safety
- Relationships with mining companies become easier and more transparent
- Ensures total compliance with legislation
The fact that so many other role players are looking to adopt a drill site safety standard illustrates the enormous benefits of working to a known set of requirements and that the need for an industry safety standard is greater than ever.
Have a look at Colin's presentation from the Innovation Forum here.