Safety award for Northam

Northam Platinum’s surface operations have recently been awarded certificates of excellence for safety at the company’s laboratory, smelter and base metals removal plant. The award, from the Mine Metallurgical Manager’s Association recognizes the absence of any injuries for the period July 2006 to June 2007 in metallurgical operations across the industry.

In addition, the base metals removal plant also received the award for the best safety record in the refineries category, while the smelter got the top award for smelters and acid plants, this time for the third consecutive year.

Commenting on this excellent achievement, plant manager Jean van Rensburg said “Although we are really proud of this recognition, it is important that we keep reminding ourselves that we should not be chasing records, and that working safely is a discipline which should be integrated into our daily routines. The records should purely be the consequence of working safely.”