For Buenaventura, safety is a fundamental, crosscutting aspect of all of our operating and administrative processes. More than a set of standards or procedures, safety is one of our core values. During 2018, approximately 40 million man-hours were worked, 10% fewer than in 2017. Unfortunately, three fatal accidents were reported at the Orcopampa, Mallay, and Brocal mining units, compared to five such accidents in 2017. These results compel us to continue making more effort and allocating more resources to achieve our goal of zero fatal accidents. 

Our main safety activities were as follows:
  • Closer relations with our 21 unions through awareness raising meetings called “Toward a Safe and Responsible Mining”.
  • Strengthening of BNV’s team members and contractors through the activities of the “A Pact for Life” program in relation to their personal commitment.
  • Structuring of the “Critical Risk Management” initiative, focused on the prevention of fatal accidents.
  • Solidification of the importance of safety thanks to its inclusion as one of our “values” and updating of Buenaventura Integrated Policy.
  • Evaluation of the Culture of Safety Perception level in all of our mining units, along with the definition of action plans.
  • We continued to work hard to achieve a “Culture of Safety” that involves all members of the Buenaventura family.
  • The Mining Safety Institute (ISEM) recognized our Tantahuatay Unit (Coimolache) as the safest mining unit of 2018 in the open pit category, thanks to its strong safety performance. This acknowledgment was due in part to the fact that the unit had zero fatal accidents and over a million man-hours worked without accidents.

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