Sustainability gets Laos miners home safe

Development of safety knowledge and skill is always a focus of international mining  companies.  For Phu Bia Mining Ltd, this presented the challenge of providing a baseline of knowledge for their 12 Laos safety advisors who did not have any formal training in OHS or risk.

Sustainability successfully developed a ‘fit for purpose’ approach for the program. The course was contextualised with a practical focus involving ‘in field’ training and mentoring. We used the Australian Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety as the base for the training, then tailored the course to take into account local requirements. We implemented a program of regular face to face presentations, exercises and homework to drive learning and assessment. This included extensive use of repetition to ensure understanding.

Our strategy overcame the challenges of English language as a second language, the absence of strong framework from the regulator and limited knowledge of this legal framework and a strong dependence on Expat safety expertise. “This is one of the best national programs I have been involved with, the training hit the right level to engage and develop our staff in formal safety education. The response from our guys is fantastic,” Heath Thorpe, GM HSE for Phu Bia Mining.

Sustainability and Phu Bai were able to build a strong relationship and cooperative process. The result was a high level of commitment from course participants and positive learning outcomes. Sustainability have the expertise to work with International companies and their local personnel to provide training for safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operations.

For safety we can develop a staged program of delivery for the competencies including: safety for supervisors, Certificate IV Workplace Health and Safety, and NEBOSH International General Certificate.