Improvement of Elements of Safety Culture in KGHM Głogów Copper Smelter

Additonal authors: Gąbka T.. Book title: Proceedings of the 58th Conference of Metallurgists Hosting Copper 2019. Chapter: . Chapter title:

Proceedings, Vol. Proceedings of the 58th Conference of Metallurgists Hosting Copper 2019, 2019

Gregorczyk, R. E.

Work to improve employees' behavior in Głogów Copper Smelter began in 2009. It has been noted that over 90% of accidents at work are attributable to human reasons. At that time, a series of external workshops was contracted based on exercises conducted by a psychologist trainer with supervisors. Having trained about 300 employees, an observation of employee behavior at workstations was started as part of the control of risk reduction measures. As a result of the above actions, the number of accidents was reduced by half between 2009 and 2017. Currently, internal workshops for communication improvement for behavioral auditors are conducted by the employees of the Smelter. Named: "I observe, react and communicate" and aimed at further mastering the elements of the safety culture in Głogów Copper Smelter. INTRODUCTION KGHM Polska Miedz is an integrated mining and smelting copper producer based in Poland and operates on the international metal market. KGHM, with annual production of over 500 thousand tonnes of copper, holds a middle position in the world ranking of copper producers. At the same time, in Europe it is the largest producer of copper from its own ore deposits, possessing its own integrated production structure, from underground mining operations to final, top-quality product. It is also worth mentioning that KGHM Polska Miedź is one of the largest Polish exporters and, apart from copper, is a significant primary silver producer in the world. The mission of our company, consistent with its strategy, is to produce copper and silver in a safe mode for workers and the environment, with reduced environmental impact. Therefore, "Głogów" Copper Smelter operations are continuously focused on the creation of safe working conditions, and minimizing the negative effects on the environment. The company meets the requirements of an Integrated Management System comprised of the following: Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 Environment Management System ISO 14001:2004 OHS Management System according to the requirements of BS OHSAS 18001:2007 Being a proud socially responsible company, we are aware that part of an efficient OHS system is to recognize, monitor, prevent, educate and motivate, thus continuously improve working conditions for 2500 employees of Głogów Copper Smelter &Refinery. We clearly communicate that a low accident rate is beneficial for both, staff and the company, and is of utmost importance as a part of our health policy.
Keywords: Copper 2019, COM2019