HEALTH & SAFETY
Noront holds as a core value, the health, safety and overall wellness of our workforce. We recognize that all workers—employees and contractors—have the right to work in a safe environment and that all incidents in the workplace are preventable. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace through visible leadership and programs that target the hazards and manage the risks in our work.
Learn more about Noront’s COVID-19 response here.
Our initiatives focus on engagement, individual commitment and behavioural changes required to achieve our “Target Zero” objective. We take a proactive approach to incident prevention by educating and training all workers on our health and safety policies and procedures. We also developed and encourage active participation in a robust reporting culture.
What does health and safety at Noront look like ?
Across Noront worksites we hold ourselves and our employees to high health and safety standards to reduce and ultimately eliminate all accidents and incidents. Health and safety discussions are woven into how we do our work.
Esker Site employees begin the day with a safety toolbox meeting where tasks for the day are reviewed and analyzed. This brings awareness and attention to the day’s work and identifies potential hazards that come along with each task in order to mitigate the risk and the chance of incidents. We also use mock emergency scenarios as an approach for ongoing skill testing and training.
In 2018, we implemented health and safety awards to promote engagement and recognize employee efforts. Workers can be nominated for the “Act of Safety” award by exemplifying the Noront health and safety motto: “I’ve got your back”. In early 2019, the health and safety focus at Esker Site expanded to include a wellness program, which focuses on nutrition, physical health, sleep and rest.
“Workplace health and safety at Noront makes me feel like I have a second home and family looking out for us.” – Rob Lyght, Geological Technician
Health & Safety Performance
- Over a three year period, Noront has had two reportable incidents
- Safety initiatives decreased in 2020 due to the closure of Esker Site in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Noront’s H&S culture is underpinned by focusing on task-based risk assessments, hazard observations, training, inspections and a strong reporting culture