Swakop Uranium continues to be proactive in promoting safe working environments by anticipating, recognising, evaluating and controlling unhealthy and unsafe situations that could result in accidents or disruption of work. The company’s priority is to ensure that everyone is made aware of hazards attached to all work performed, understands the precautionary measures required with respect to hazards and is provided with the necessary information, education, training and supervision to maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
Swakop Uranium takes the concept of uranium stewardship seriously and operates responsibly on the basis that all injuries and environmental breaches are avoidable. This principle features in every aspect of the company’s business, starting with best practice occupational health and safety procedures. On-site targets are set so that they either meet or exceed all regulatory guidelines and either meet or exceed the Equator Principles and International Finance Corporation standards.
The company has a Radiation Management Plan in place to ensure that radiation is managed and monitored in an effective manner. This plan has been submitted to the National Radiation Protection Authority and is regularly audited to ensure compliance. To date, the authority has found no cases of non-compliance.
Swakop Uranium is also an active participant in the uranium sector and is – through its shareholder, CGNPC -- a member of the World Nuclear Association. In Namibia, Swakop Uranium is a member of the Chamber of Mines and Uranium Stewardship Committee and its members participate actively in the Namibian Uranium Association’s activities. In October 2013, Deon Garbers, senior vice-president Operations of Swakop Uranium, was elected as the first chairman of the Association.
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