Incident reporting

PanAust has a strong health and safety incident reporting culture. The Company’s Group-level Incident Reporting and Classification Procedure is aligned to the Mineral Council of Australia’s guidelines for tracking and reporting health and safety statistics. The investigation and management of significant incidents (that is, actual or potential controlled incidents and/or actual or potential influenced incidents) continues to be managed by PanAust’s Senior Management Taskforce for Significant Incidents, comprising Operational Executives. The taskforce is responsible for ensuring that the Group-wide implications of significant incidents and any emerging safety concerns are given full consideration. This approach ensures that findings and recommendations are shared across the business where similar activities occur or where different activities with similar risks occur and are not limited to the incident and personnel who may have been affected by it.

PanAust’s reportable lag statistics include controlled sites and are work-related activities where PanAust can set safety, health, environmental and community standards and directly supervise and enforce their application. The statistics include contractors who are working on PanAust controlled worksites.

Categories that are tracked, but do not form part of externally reported lag statistics include influenced, monitored, and uncontrolled sites. These categories are subject to normal duty of care and consideration. Influenced activities receive additional attention through contractor management and lead indicator programs. Each category is outlined below. 

Categories of control

Controlled (reported internally and externally)

All work conducted by employees, visitors, consultants and contractors on an active PanAust owned or leased site including operations, private easement and exploration sites irrespective of whether PanAust or the contractor provide direct supervision of the work activities. (PanAust sets standards, has a high level of workplace visibility, provides oversight, and monitors the outcomes).

All locations external to a PanAust owned or leased sites where PanAust employees directly supervises or conducts work.

Influenced (reported internally but not externally unless material)

Work conducted in either public or private locations, external to Controlled sites where PanAust influences the contractor’s standards, but requires the contractor to have sufficient management structures and systems in place to directly supervise the work to an agreed standard (outlined through the contract). The contractor’s work at these sites is undertaken exclusively on PanAust’s behalf.

A work site is designated as influenced where a higher risk exposure exists (either to PanAust or the public), and the reputational exposure is too great to consider the contractor as monitored.

Influenced worksites are provided additional oversight through regular auditing and by PanAust managers’ (the designated contract owners) visibility in the workplace to ensure the work practices being implemented consistently addresses the nature of the risk the contractor creates for PanAust.

Monitored (reported internally but not externally)

Work sites in either public or private locations, and external to Controlled sites where PanAust monitors the contractors performance, but requires the contractor to have sufficient management structures and systems in place to directly supervise the work to an agreed standard with minimal Contract Owner presence is considered monitored.

Offsite work may be designated as monitored where a lower reputational risk exposure exists, or where a tier one contractor performs the work.

Uncontrolled (not reported)

Activities where PanAust has no influence (regular public transport services) beyond the ability to select the provider based on its performance.

Unexploded Ordnance

Between 1964 and 1973, approximately two million tonnes of ordnance (explosive weapons) were dropped on Laos; an estimated 30 per cent of which failed to detonate. This has resulted in approximately 78 million potential unexploded ordnance (UXO) remaining. UXO continually hinder daily life and pose restrictions on the socio-economic development and safety of local residents, employees and contractors in Laos. In high-risk areas where there are plans in place for exploration and future mining activities, significant additional planning and lead-times are incorporated into Company programs to ensure the thorough identification and safe disposal of UXO.

UXO is not prevalent at the Phu Kham Operation and there is a reasonably low-level presence at Ban Houayxai. At Phonsavan where the KTL project is located, the Company requires stringent clearance procedures to be adopted prior to working in the field. When UXO clearance is required, international experts who are registered with and accredited to Lao National Standards are contracted to conduct this work.

Details of PanAust’s health and safety performance during each calendar year are published in the ‘Health and Safety’ section of the Company’s annual ‘Business Review & Sustainability Report’.