Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Health & Safety


a group of miners in safety attireAt Vale, we know the work we do can have implications for our health, safety and the world around us. That’s why we place the health and safety of our people as our top priority.​

National Initiatives

Across every Vale office, plant or job site across Canada, you’ll find employees empowered with a passionate commitment to protect the health and safety of every person in the workplace, as well as our loved ones at home. We help keep safety top of mind through these national initiatives:

O​ur Pledge for ‘Zero Harm’

We are working collaboratively with all levels of management, our employees, the United Steelworkers, our contractors and  mining industry associations to build an effective culture of risk management. Our goal: Absolutely zero harm – to our people, our workplaces, our communities and the environment. We believe that responsible risk management is everyone’s job.

Accountable to our Communities

For us, life is more important than anything we produce, so we invest in policies and procedures produced to minimize risks and protect lives. Read more about our global workplace health and safety initiatives in our annual Sustainability Report, and the measures we take to take care of our people and prevent harm.​​​

Mining Mental Health Report

Since 2015, the Joint Occupational Health Committee (JOHC) and the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) have been working on the “Mining Mental Health” Study. A set of preliminary results were released to all employees in October 2017. Since that time, CROSH has completed analysis of the final set of results.

We are very pleased to share with you our presentation of the final results, as well as a supporting video to summarize these results. For more information, click on the below to view the results and the supporting video.


Latest News​

Voisey’s Bay wins the national John T. Ryan Trophy for the fifth consecutive year

Thanks to the vigilance and hard work of everyone at our operations in Voisey’s Bay, Labrador, not a single lost-time injury occurred there in all of 2018 – a year when a total of 1,089,432 hours were worked. In recognition of this outstanding safety record, our colleagues in Voisey’s Bay were awarded the national John T. Ryan Trophy in the Select Mines category for the fifth consecutive year. The award was given at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Awards Gala in Montreal April 28 to May 1. For more details, click here​.