S.H.E. activities

The SHE Committee runs the following activities as part of its mandate:

  • The frequency severity competitions

    This is an initiative to encourage improvement in safety performance among members of the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe. Under the competition data on lost time injuries, fatal accidents, shifts worked in a month and lost shifts arising from accidents are collected. The data is cased to compute the total number of Injury Frequency rate, Injury Severity rate and Fatality Free shifts for each competitor and for the Mining Industry.

  • SHE seminars

    Based on the analysis of the accidents recorded during a given year, the SHE Committee develops course material for discussion in SHE seminars as part of interventions at a sector level. The SHE seminars usually targets front line supervisors. By sharing the information accidents that are common in the industry and the basic information of prevention of such accident and sharing experience, this initiative is meant to complement efforts by individual mines to prevent accidents.

  • Fatal accidents reports

    Every accident that occurs in the industry is shared with the members of the mining industry. This report provides no mine specific information; how the accident happened, basic causes, remedial action recommended by the investigating team if available. The source of the information is the mine authorities and the Government Mining Engineering Department.

  • First aid competitions

    The Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe encourages its members to ensure that all employees are trained in first aid and have a valid first aid certificate. Through the Denzel Dunn Competition those mines that show greatest progress in the number of employees trained and certified in first aid are awarded a trophy. In addition competitions are organised at zone and national level where teams demonstrate their proficiency in first aid. The competitions are meant to ensure that mines have teams that are able to respond to emergencies that are likely to occur within their operations. Such competitions provide networking opportunities for those working in the industry.

  • Environmental audits

    The SHE Committee runs annual environmental audits of mines in an effort to encourage the development and implementation of environmental management best practice in the mining industry. It is noted that the standard of environmental management in the mining industry is uneven. Most large-scale mines and those that have links to multinational organisations have good systems and are accredited to such organisations as ISO and NOSSA. Those on the smaller end of the market tend to operate without and systems. The SHE committee working with the Government Mining Engineering Department, Small Scale Mining Organisations and the Environmental Management Agency is trying to roll out the implementation of environmental management systems in small scale operations