The Zuuvch Ovoo project brings local employment and skills development. Most of the pilot test workforce is from Ulaanbadrakh soum and Zuunbayan bagh. As Badrakh Energy LLC will need trained operators in the future, it organizes technical vocational trainings in the areas of Health & Safety, Mechanics, Electricity and Chemistry.
Some of this training is organized with the participation of the Vocational Training Center of Dornogobi aimag and with the support of the Governor of Ulaanbadrakh sum.
Multiple initiatives are deployed throughout the year to develop safety culture and improve safety performance among Badrakh Energy employees:
- Monthly safety results are communicated through safety reports to all employees and subcontractors to raise their safety awareness and promote the need for vigilance;
- Employees are required to identify and report not only actual accidents but also “near misses” and HIPOs (high potential events) that are considered as the first signal of a dangerous situation;
- Once a year, a Safety Day is held, with the participation of all employees and subcontractors. Special training and events are run during the day to share best safety practices and remind everyone of safety standards.
- 14 hours of safety training conducted for all employees in 2020
Health is an absolute priority, and actions are taken to cultivate a positive health culture among employees and subcontractors.
A health management system has been introduced on Zuuvch Ovoo site and is regularly adapted to the project stages.
Occupational health is periodically assessed and the organization improved to protect workers’ health.
The prevention of risks that may affect the health of company employees takes place at several levels:
- Annual medical check-ups for all permanent and temporary employees;
- Vaccination monitoring for employees, with a voluntary vaccination campaign;
- Awareness-raising campaigns on key public health issues such as HIV, hepatitis B and tuberculosis;
- First Aid training courses;
- In case of any health issue, medical help is available on site and if necessary medical evacuation measures are in place.
Employees interacting with radiation at the company ‘s field camp enroll annually for examination at the National Occupational Disease Center. There has been no incident of any occupational disease since the company creation.
The radiation protection measures of Badrakh Energy make it possible to limit the exposure of its teams, its subcontractors and local populations to radiation.
The company’s work in this area is based on the national and international recommendations governing exposure limits for people, both in the case of radioactivity from industrial activities and natural radioactivity.
Monitoring employees' radiation exposure
Badrakh Energy is committed to keeping personnel exposure to ionizing radiation in its facilities as low as reasonably achievable
Radiation protection measures
- Regular radiological measurements are taken in the exploration camps of Dulaan Uul and Zuuvch Ovoo, based on the radiological plan approved by the Authority of the Professional Inspection of Mongolia.
- Radiation measurement devices are sent to the Laboratory of Radiological Control and Analysis at the Authority of Professional Inspection for adjustment and certification before use on site.
- Radioactivity levels in the soil are monitored at 30 locations across the licensed sites in the Sainshand region. The soil samples are sent to the laboratory at the Nuclear Research Center to determine the radioactive isotopes.
- The analysis results show that the limit values have not changed much from the initial state of the soil.
MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLS
Every year, employees evaluate their work for the previous year with a performance evaluation, set objectives for the coming year and express further training needs and requests during the performance evaluation period.
Employees at the company are provided with the opportunity to participate in professional skills and flexible skill training, as well as the opportunity to participate in training organized abroad.
In 2020, Badrakh Energy successfully organized following trainings for its employees:
- Degree programs in the accredited universities
- Soft and technical skills training programs
- Certificate trainings
- English and French language trainings.
Badrakh Energy LLC Human Resources Policy, in accordance with current regulations, is based on the principles of discussion and consultation between parties. A responsible and constructive social dialogue is a vital element in the healthy running of the Company.
Following the responsible principles of its major shareholder, Badrakh Energy LLC has signed a collective agreement with employee representatives, who are elected by employees in two year basis.
This Collective Agreement is registered at the district administration office as per law on Labor of Mongolia. Its implementation is monitored in cooperation with Employee representatives. There are five employee representatives who conduct negotiations and make an agreement with the management team in order to reflect the employees’ interests in the Company policies and decisions. The collective agreement was renewed in May, 2021. The company management and employee representatives meet twice a year.
According to the Collective Agreement, our employees have 100% health and medical insurance coverage and 80% insurance coverage for their immediate family members including children under 21 years old.