Catastrophic hazard management

Back to Sustainability

We are committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of our people and the communities and environment around us.

Why this matters

By recognising and mitigating the risk of a disastrous event, we can better protect our people, communities and the environment.

We have set targets for catastrophic hazards. These include:

  • The elimination of fatalities
  • Zero major or catastrophic environmental incidents.


Our approach

We define catastrophic hazards as events that – though unlikely – could cause widespread loss of life, or significant environmental harm, resulting also in major reputational or financial damage. 


To become a leader in the prevention of health, safety, environmental, community and human rights related incidents through a proactive risk-based approach.

We identify and manage catastrophic hazards in the following ways:

A five-point risk scale Group policies and protocols Assurance
We classify potential incidents on a five-point scale from 1 (negligible) to 5 (catastrophic) – and seek to control the potential causes of catastrophic hazards at all times.

We have a Group policy for managing catastrophic and fatal hazards. This policy demands rigorous monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

We also have protocols for both catastrophic and fatal hazards. We require our assets to self-assess against these – and to identify the critical controls necessary to address risks.

We have both departmental and Group assurance processes, focused on preventing catastrophic events.

Table best viewed in landscape

All of our assets have identified the catastrophic hazards specific to their operations and we have developed critical controls to manage and mitigate these.

Industry-wide collaboration

We recognise the role of underground technology in the mining industry. We are looking at how best to work with other stakeholders and create communities of practice to address common challenges across the sector. For example, we are taking a leading role in the ICMM’s Initiative for Safer Cleaner Vehicles (ISCV), which is building an evolving industry pathway towards the safest approach for controlling potential vehicle interactions.

Principles we follow

UN Global Compact Principle 7

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 3 and 8

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

International Council on Mining and Metals Principle 4

Principle 4: Implement effective risk-management strategies and systems based on sound science and which account for stakeholder perceptions of risks