Merdeka Copper Gold is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our workforce also the communities surrounding our operations. Our company consistently provides a safe and conducive working environment, in strict adherence to relevant laws and regulations. We have established an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Policy and implemented a comprehensive OHS system that encompasses procedures, implementation protocols, and performance monitoring. Merdeka’s implementation of the OHS Management is in accordance with the Mineral Mining Safety Management System as well as the internationally recognized ISO 45001:2018 standard.
One of the key guiding documents at Merdeka is the Health Safety and Environment Management System Manual. This manual outlines the minimum K3 standards that are applicable to all our mining projects and operations, encompassing all employees as well as business partners such as contractors, visitors, and other stakeholders. As per the manual, the Executive and Executive General Manager are responsible for formulating strategies and overseeing the OHS performance across all operational areas and mining projects based on extensive mapping and identification processes of high-risk tasks. Mitigation procedures to address risks, an integral component of our OHS management system, are outlined in the Collective Labor Agreement, which governs the relationship between workers and the company.
Merdeka has developed a risk management framework that includes conducting risk assessments for various processes, including planning, activities related to projects, operations, and departments, as well as change management. These assessments aim to identify potential impacts on our business and work objectives, while also providing us with opportunities for improvement and the implementation of effective mitigation measures.
To ensure that incidents are handled appropriately and serve as valuable lessons for the future, Merdeka adheres to incident management standards enabling us to adopt a consistent approach to defining, communicating, and managing incidents.
The Merdeka K3 Division conducts periodic evaluations of our OHS risk management practices, focusing on addressing significant impacts such as work accidents, investigating incidents, and promptly reporting them to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, Merdeka has established a Crisis Management Team (CMT) to effectively respond to significant incidents that may affect our employees, communities, operations, environment, finances, and investments. The CMT comprises a core team consisting of the CEO, COO, President Director, CMT Coordinator, and other key members, including General Managers, representatives from HRD, External Affairs, HSE, Legal, Finance, as well as external experts. The roles and responsibilities of the CMT are outlined in our Crisis Management Response Plan. Supporting the CMT are Emergency Management Teams (EMT) and Field Response Teams (FRT). The FRT, also known as the Emergency Response Team (ERT), are field-based teams responsible for providing initial response to protect life, property, and the environment during incidents. The FRT/ERT’s operational needs are coordinated by the EMTs, which are present in every mining operation and project and collaborate with the CMT and other relevant parties.
In 2022, the CMT conducted an earthquake preparedness exercise with a scenario simulating a magnitude 7.7 earthquake. During the same year, PT Bumi Suksesindo, the operator of the Tujuh Bukit Gold Mine, dispatched an ERT team and logistical support to Cianjur, West Java, which had been struck by an earthquake. This team, which has frequently participated in various humanitarian missions, worked alongside the disaster preparedness team under the coordination of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) from November 23 to December 2, 2022.