Health & Safety

The health and safety of our employees, contractors and surrounding communities is paramount to us and is at the forefront of what we do in all areas we operate and beyond the day-to-day operations.

We believe that all incidents and injuries are avoidable.  This is at the core of our comprehensive health and safety policies and programs.  Each year significant time and resource is invested in improving our health and safety performance.  This includes targeted training programs and education for all employees and contractors. 

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.

Contribution to Health and Safety in the Community

 As a responsible member of the community, the Company also provides medical aid to our local communities in the Philippines and in New Zealand.  Many of our employees are volunteer fire fighters in New Zealand and are champions in health and safety.


  • Approximately 7.3 million man hours worked without a lost time injury at Didipio (as of September 30, 2013)
  • Implemented the OceanaGold HSE Compliance Standards manual and auditing operations against this standard.
  • Journey to Safety program in the Philippines.