Risk Assessments and Management

1. Accident

There is the risk of injuries from cutlass wounds when clearing path for access to sample points or during trenching programmes. Toolbox meeting will be held every morning to sensitize workers on health and safety before leaving for the field. Basic first aid training will also be offered to field crew.

2. Dust Generation

Vehicular movement may lead to generation of dust within the communities. Frequent exposure to dust may result in lung related disease. The company will ensure that drivers keep to the prescribed speed limits. During drilling, dust suppression equipment will be used on rigs to minimized exposure to dust. Respiratory protection will also be worn in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

3. Noise

Drilling sites are often noisy places, as the use of rigs and heavy machinery generate a lot of noise with potential for hearing damage. Avoiding and reducing exposure can be achieved by applying engineering controls at the noise source or along the noise path to reduce exposures. Regular maintenance of vehicles and machines is also essential to reducing noise. The company will ensure proper use of personal hearing protection amongst noise-exposed employees, while providing necessary health and safety training and maintaining up-to-date health surveillance records.

4. UV Exposure

Exploration workers often spend whole days out in the baking hot sun. Over-exposure to UV (ultraviolet) radiation in sunlight can expose workers to risk of skin cancer or cause serious damage to the eyes if protective glasses are not worn. Other effects of over exposure are dehydration, headaches and nausea. Workers will be required to use the right PPEs in order to minimize exposure to sunlight.