Dacian Gold: WHS Management Systems, Training & Labour Hire
Epigroup was engaged to assist Dacian Gold from the ground up in the development and rollout of their health, safety and emergency response management system. Following this, we hand-picked WHS specialists to join the new site, and trained internal resources using face-to-face methods and custom e-learning modules.
Dacian Gold is a WA based gold producer that recently brought its Mount Morgans Gold Operation near Laverton into production.
Epigroup was engaged in 2017, at which time Dacian was rapidly transitioning from completing the Mt Morgans feasibility study to commencing site construction and mine development. They needed to put systems in place to accommodate their rapid transition growth and ensure a smooth shift from exploration to construction through to production.
And they were right to prepare. We saw the company and the site grow tremendously from a handful of staff in 2017, to hundreds of employees working on its first gold pour in March 2018.
Epigroup was primarily engaged to help Dacian Gold develop their health, safety and emergency response management systems. By the end of the project, we had developed the:
- Health, safety and emergency management programs and plans
- Health and safety policies, procedures and guidelines
- Safe Work Instructions, training and inductions materials (including e-Learning material)
- Participation and facilitation of DMIRS audits and inspections
We also provided them with our very own online WHS management system, Epihub, for reporting and communicating all WHS data.
As the Mount Morgans project scaled through construction into production, we were also relied on to provide scalable and specialised WHS professionals.
Using our little black book, we reached out to our talent pool, headhunted, combed through CVs and performed rigorous checks to ensure Dacian Gold were only interviewing the best of the best.
By the end of the process we had assisted in hiring their EHS Manager, Emergency Services Coordinator and Training Advisor. We also supplied medical and emergency response subject matter experts – including providing a fire truck and ambulance until they purchased their own fleet.
With processes in place and staff recruited, it was time to make sure everyone was on the same page. Our WHS specialists delivered custom health and safety presentations, risk workshops and infield coaching to get existing staff familiar with the new site’s regulations.
To get new starters up to speed, we swiftly developed an online induction. During the six-month construction phase, over 2500 workers took the online course prior to arriving on site.
Since the Mount Morgans project we’ve continued to our working relationship with Dacian Gold two years into production.
“I engaged Jake and his team at Epigroup in early 2017 soon after completing the feasibility study for Mt Morgans, and prior to embarking on a rapid transition from an exploration site to full-scale infrastructure construction and development of underground and open pit mines. We needed necessary safety systems and personnel to ensure we could safely execute this transition. I remember telling Jake “to assume we have nothing”. I don’t think he quite believed me at the time!
Epigroup integrated into our organisation and their ownership of the task was second to none. They provided project specific deliverables including health and safety frameworks, activity plans and participating in occupational health and safety design reviews.
We remain very happy with Epigroup as a company and continue to maintain a labour supply agreement that sees Epigroup provide Dacian with Emergency Service Officers (ESOs) at Mt Morgans. We look to continue the relationship well into the future as we see Epigroup as an asset to our current operations.”
James Howard – Chief Operating Officer