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Risk Assessment and Management Steps
Safety and Training Oversight
Crisis Communication and Management Steps

I.  Determine and Document Scope of Risk Assessment Project

a.      Determine objective(s)
Describe system/topic(s)
Identify boundaries
Inventory hazards
State external threats
Risk assessment: means for identifying undesired events
Risk analysis: means of calculating and examining risk levels

II.  Create, Facilitate and Lead Risk Assessment Team

a.      Create team
Introduce scope
Review selected system, project or topic to be reviewed
Identify the hazards
Identify risk
Analyze risk
Evaluate risk
Consider existing controls
Consider new controls or barriers
Close risk assessment  

III.  Apply Risk Assessment

a.     Document risk assessment
Derive action plan
Follow up on action plan
Use other information
Manage change
Audit process

Global Mining RiSC understands the high level of attention and detail that must be incorporated into this process in order to achieve and maintain the desired results and is ready to apply it specifically to your mine.  Again, the goal of this process is to create a safe mining environment.

Training is a key part Global Mining RiSC’s goal to provide risk-based management recommendations to prevent accidents from occurring.  If risks cannot be eliminated via engineering solutions, they must be eliminated via behavioral modification.  Proper training is paramount to encouraging and ensuring safe behaviors.  Elements of a Safety Training and Oversight program would include the following elements:

  1. Examine current safety inspection and assessment program and identify changes

¾    Scope
¾  Frequency
¾  Responsibility
¾  Record keeping, follow-up and reporting

  1. Review safety training and make recommendations for changes

¾    Topics and content
¾  Frequency
¾  Record keeping

  1. Review regulatory compliance and identify areas of noncompliance for MSHA and state agencies

  2. Review current safety-related roles, responsibilities, accountabilities within line management and corporate safety staff

¾   Managers, supervisors and employees
¾  Corporate and line safety staff

  1. Review current safety communications and recommend changes as appropriate

¾    Safety meetings
¾  Problem identification and resolution
¾  Safety concern follow-up communication
¾  Annual topics for communication

  1. Summarize findings and recommendations into final report

In the event of a mine-wide emergency, the Mine Safety Technology and Training Commission identified three main skill/knowledge areas that are critical to miners’ abilities to escape or be rescued.  The areas are:

¾    Knowledge of escape/rescue technologies
¾  Mine-specific knowledge
¾  Escape/rescue conceptual knowledge

Global Mining RiSC recognizes that not only is every mine different but that every mine has its own unique mining environment that continuously changes, evolves and adapts just as regulatory requirements continuously change.  Global Mining RiSC looks forward to providing the individual and ongoing attention needed to each operation it works with in order to create and oversee training that equips miners with these critical skills and knowledge areas necessary in order to escape or be rescued if the need arises. 

Definition of a crisis according to the Institute for Crisis Management is:

  1. A significant business disruption stimulating extensive news-media coverage

  2. Resulting public scrutiny will affect the organization’s normal operations, potentially having political, legal, financial and governmental impacts on its business

  3. Sudden crisis: A unexpected disruption in the company’s business, which may generate negative news coverage if/when it goes public

  4. Smoldering crisis: Any serious business problem which is not generally known within or outside the company, which may generate negative news coverage if/when it goes public and could result in more than a predetermined amount in fines, penalties, legal damage awards, unbudgeted expenses and other costs

Global Mining RiSC’s goal is to minimize the damage to the company’s reputation and credibility—and for public companies, impact on share price—if a crisis occurs. Global Mining RiSC uniquely integrates information and actions from risk assessment and safety/training oversight to provide an optimum crisis avoidance solution.

  1. Crisis manual tailored to our client’s needs

  2. Crisis simulation and training

  3. Media training

  4. Strategic support for crisis management and mitigation

  5. Integrated risk and safety management—a focus on site-specific concerns

Rethinking the entire safety process is critical, starting with a ‘clean-sheet’ risk assessment with no on-site bias (as to prior policies, practices or personalities).  Safety within an organization is of the highest priority and implementation flows from that key assessment process.  This is driven by the executive management team.

  1. Identify team members (environmental, fire or mine rescue as appropriate) and alternates—know where you can locate them

  2. Have established procedures to make sure everyone who should be notified in a crisis is contacted

  3. Make sure the crisis communications plan has an up-to-date media contact section with names, affiliation and phone numbers

  4. Don’t forget fact sheets on the company
    a. Government standards you meet
    b. What you mine and how you mine and process it
    c. Background info on the health, safety and
        environmental protection procedures you follow

  5. Include procedures for notifying federal and state authorities
    (15-minute rule)

  6. A tracking system that enables you to determine the whereabouts of all individuals in the production or processing facilities

  7. Designate one interim primary spokesperson for each facility—until the Global Mining RiSC crisis responder arrives—who has been trained

  8. You will need someone designated with instructions on notifying the next of kin, if required

  9. Maintain control of information flow to all internal and external public entities

  10. Stick to the facts, never speculate


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