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Health and Safety

Occupational health and safety are integral and highest priority of our mining operations. A safety culture, eliminating potential hazards, and reducing the risk of work accidents are the basic principles of our operation which we set through the implementation of various regulations, procedures, and standards, to achieve the goal of the Occupational Health and Safety Policy, which is to make “everyone safe, always”.

To create a healthy work environment, Merdeka requires employee to conduct general health checkup every year. Periodically, employees can also consult their health. Every employee and his/her family is provided with health benefits, access to health insurance in the form of BPJS (Health Social Security Administering Body) and health insurance for outpatient and inpatient. Merdeka also requires every contractor to provide BPJS for their workers. All Occupational Health and Safety indicators are monitored quarterly by the Independent Safety Committee.

Employee vaccination activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the Tujuh Bukit Gold Mine. [Photo: Anggung Setiawan/BSI]
In 2021, Merdeka formed the Merdeka Safety Committee and issued revision of the Occupational Safety and Health Policy. Based on routine monitoring, in 2021 there were no cases of work related health issues. In handling the COVID-19 pandemic, Merdeka has vaccinated 100% of its employees and contractors (except those with other health problems).

The Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIFR), or the number of accidents resulting in employees being unable to work in 2021, is 0.08, lower than 0.22 in 2020. There have been no fatality since Merdeka started operation.

As of 31 December 2021, the Tujuh Bukit Gold Mine reached 7,348,661 working hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) since December 2020. Meanwhile, the Wetar Copper Mine has reached 14,046,910 working hours without LTI since January 2018. Merdeka, the number of injuries in 2021 is quite high. The Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) in 2021 is 0.66, higher than 0.43 in 2020, although still lower than the International Council of Mining & Metals’ average TRIFR for 2020 which was 2.94.

In 2021, we succeeded in obtaining ISO 45001:2018, Occupational Health and Safety Management System certification, and ISO 14001:2015, Environmental Management System certification. The two certifications were obtained by PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk, PT Bumi Suksesindo, PT Batutua Kharisma Permai, PT Batutua Tembaga Raya, and PT Merdeka Mining Servis. Merdeka has also consolidated the Occupational Health and Safety (K3) Management System Manual.

Each Merdeka subsidiary that manages mining operations regularly conducts relevant OHS training and more specific and useful courses to improve work continuity, such as Mining Safety Management System auditor courses, Change Management, Risk Management, ISO Systems and Auditors, and ICAM Research Methods.

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