IPA NEWS Autumn 2013
- Safety First Programme Halves Number of Accidents within One Year
Dual strategy of Swiss refiner Metalor pays off
All IPA members, regardless of whether they are mining companies or fabricators/refiners, have recognized that safety is a prerequisite for success and are sharing best practices to enhance the industry's overall safety record. The working environment in precious metals refineries, advanced coatings operations and component manu- facturing presents inherent risks to employees' safety due to hazardous chemical, thermal and mechanical industrial processes. At Metalor, the world's largest multi-site refiner of gold and also a PGM refiner, employee safety is of highest priority. Through training, coaching, continuous audits and capital investments the compa- ny is making safety awareness central to its corporate culture. Efforts that are bearing fruit, as the number of accidents at the company's sites have already been halved in the past 12 months.
- Forensic Technologies Support Identification of Stolen PGMs
Russian Mining and Metallurgical producer Norilsk Nickel uses state-of-the-art technologies to combat cross-border organized crime
The enormous production volumes – from ore mining to the production of highly enriched precious metals concentrates – create opportunities for theft from Norilsk Nickel of intermediate products containing precious metals at different stages of the raw materials processing chain. The theft issues are exacerbated by the severe polar climate conditions, which with a six months polar night, extreme cold and high winds, prevent the installation of perimeter fencing and implementation of human guard's posts around factories. The Russian company is the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, and one of the largest producers of platinum, copper and other precious metals. Every year, Norilsk Nickel, together with such major South African companies as Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, accounts for 85% to 90% of the world's total production of platinum group metals (PGMs).
- Sustainable Business Ethics: A Key Sector Imperative
Umicore Precious Metals Refining recognised as conflict free smelter
As an industry, the PGM sector has committed itself to conduct business with employees, suppliers and customers in an ethical manner and uphold respect for the people and communities in which the companies operate. This is not only an integral part of the ethical business practices and sustainability principles implemented by individual member companies, but also one of the key principles IPA members have committed to in the IPA Sustainability Principles declaration of 2009. IPA Members regularly exchange their views and policies on ethical business via the IPA Security Committee, a platform that brings together security representa- tives from the membership as well as external experts to discuss the various aspects of security – from business partner screening to the validation of materials through fingerprinting.