The U.S. National Mining Association (NMA) this week recognized Freeport-McMoRan’s achievement of independent certification under its CORESafety system. Freeport-McMoRan joins six other companies in receiving independent certification under NMA’s signature safety initiative. “We congratulate Freeport-McMoRan on this laudable safety milestone,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of NMA. “This certification demonstrates Freeport-McMoRan’s commitment to putting worker safety and health at the forefront of all of its operations and to continuously improving its safety performance year after year.”

CORESafety was a natural progression of Freeport-McMoRan’s safety program that has been certified under OHSAS 18001 for some years, said Red Conger, president and chief operating officer-Americas. “We are proud to receive this independent certification under the NMA’s CORESafety system,” Conger said. “A safety management system using CORESafety will help assure we have a systematic and repeatable approach to safe production. Ultimately, that means employees work safely and return home to their families at the end of each shift.”

CORESafety’s approach to safety and health emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. The program’s framework is designed to go beyond what is required by regulations, focusing on a goal of continuous improvement. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. Since its inception in 2011, the NMA said participants have seen a 74% reduction in fatalities.

A voluntary safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by the NMA, CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the its safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation; and, if the company elects to become or maintain certification, complete a third-party assessment and submit the assessment report to NMA

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