Washington, D.C.—The National Mining Association (NMA) today recognized Hecla Mining Company for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system.
CORESafety’s approach to mining safety and health emphasizes accident prevention using a risk-based management system, the foundation of which involves leadership, management and assurance. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation.
“We are pleased to be the first hardrock mining company to achieve certification under the CORESafety system,” said Phillips S. Baker, Jr., Hecla’s President and CEO. “This significant achievement is made possible by a commitment to safety exhibited at every level of our workforce, from the miners to site management and beyond.”
CORESafety is a voluntary mine safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by NMA. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the CORESafety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the CORESafety safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the CORESafety safety and health management system; and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a third-party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA.
“Our congratulations go to Hecla on this great achievement,” said Hal Quinn, President and CEO of NMA. “It shows the company’s commitment to safety as a core value. The CORESafety framework is about going beyond what is required by regulations with a sincere commitment to continuous improvement. Hecla has shown this commitment and, in doing so, created a safer work environment for all of its people.”
DNV-GL (Det Norske Veritas) conducted the independent audit at Hecla’s Green Creek Mine. For more information on CORESafety, visit coresafety.org.
Founded in 1891, Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is a leading low-cost U.S. silver producer with operating mines in Alaska, Idaho and Mexico, and is a growing gold producer with an operating mine in Quebec, Canada. The Company also has exploration and pre-development properties in seven world-class silver and gold mining districts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and an exploration office and investments in early-stage silver exploration projects in Canada.
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