A 24 month roadmap was set out to improve process safety at Ranger, following the failure of Leach Tank 1 in December 2013.

The implementation of the Process Safety Improvement Action Plan aims to improve the standard of safety in the processing plant area of the mine. It focusses on the identification of process safety hazards and understanding of the effectiveness of the critical controls in managing the hazards.

Key initiatives introduced as part of the Process Safety Improvement Action Plan include:

  • training across the workforce to initiate cultural change;
  • process safety hazards defined, critical controls detailed and monitoring plans established;
  • confirming the effectiveness of critical controls; and
  • appointment of a dedicated Process Safety Specialist.

As part of the robust system of managing critical assets, other major pieces of infrastructure undergo regular scanning programmes to ensure their integrity.