SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Botswana Ash (Pty) Ltd (Botash), situated at Sua Pan, endeavours to produce soda ash and salt in a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly manner. In order to achieve this goal Botswana Ash (Pty) Ltd will:

  • Endeavour to ensure that all risks regarding illness, injury and environmental degradation such as, dust, fire, and chemical spills that could affect this goal are identified and removed where possible, or reduced if not possible to remove and then controlled;
  • Plan and commit to continually improve in terms of occupational health, safety and environmental management and performance to such an extent that incidents are minimised, ensuring that both employees and members of the public are unlikely to be placed in unnecessary and unacceptable risk situations;
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental objectives will be established at all relevant sections and levels within Botash and progress monitored on a regular basis;
  • Develop and implement a system to ensure that a high level of legal compliance with applicable occupational health, safety and environmental legislation and other requirements, namely the Mines, Quarries, Works and Machinery Act, EIA Act, Waste Management Act, Atmospheric Pollution (Prevention) Act, Water Act, Mines and Minerals Act and as best practice the Occupational Health and Safety Act, is achieved; Other requirements will include company procedures and agreements with external parties;
  • Make available realistic financial resources to ensure that alloccupational health, safety and environmental objectives and requirements of this policy are achievable;
  • Ensure that this policy is implemented and maintained by all levels of management and employees;
  • Ensure that this policy is reviewed annually by Management, the recognised Trade Union Committee and Health and Safety Committees in order to ensure that it remains effective and appropriate to Botswana Ash (Pty) Ltd;
  • Ensure that all occupational health, safety and environmental policies, procedures and standards are reviewed on a continuous basis and implemented to ensure their effectiveness in achieving the continuous management and improvement of occupational health, safety and the environment; and
  • Ensure that this policy and all applicable occupational health, safety and environmental documentation is communicated and made available to all employees and visitors by way of training, communication articles, general information and discipline, (it will also be made available to the public on request.