16 July 2015
Each month we send out a detailed internal newsletter. When you’re running a mine and a high-capacity processing facility, not to mention an advanced exploration program, you end up with a workforce that is spread across multiple departments.
Keeping everyone connected, encouraging the feeling of community, is one of the vital components to operating successfully here in Vietnam.
Now, we have a highly experienced Mine General Manager, so it’s to be expected that things will run smoothly. However, as someone who has spent a great deal of time in the past on the operational side of things, mine safety is something I have a keen appreciation for and I wanted to highlight some of our activities in this area:
- Since March, we’ve been sending groups of workers to the Vietnamese Mine Rescue Center as part of our emergency training program. This is an intense course comprising six days of formal off-site training in the mine rescue center and four days on-site training at Ban Phuc. To date, a total of 29 mine rescue workers have received certification from the Mine Rescue Center
- A total of 24 staff members have now been trained in first aid for spinal injuries
- The level of training and education is building to that of modern mine-rescue capabilities around the world.
- Specialized training includes firefighting and use of artificial breathing apparatus to be able to fight underground and chemical-related fires in the event such an event occurs.
- We are working with an organisation in Vietnam specialising in mines rescue training which has a large role in the Vietnamese coal industry.They will continue to support our ongoing training as well as developing, servicing and supplying the appropriate equipment.
I am pleased to be able to say that our safety standards are nothing short of excellent. However, in any industrial setting there is always the potential for an accident to occur. Exactly how well that accident is dealt with, and what measures are put in place to prevent a similar occurrence, is critical and instilling a culture of safety is a high priority for us.
Efficiency and teamwork are also vital to the continued success and safety of AMR’s Ban Phuc operations. By making safety the responsibility of all, and ensuring people have the training to deal with and prevent accidents, we have noticed not only an increase is general safety awareness but also a stronger feeling of team and community within the company. As one of the few western mining companies operating successfully in Vietnam, I can tell you that embracing and encouraging the concept of community is one of the keys to that success.
Evan Spencer, CEO of Asian Mineral Resources
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