The only way to summarize this afternoon’s technical sessions at the SME conference is to record the “wisdom” scattered on the PowerPoint presentations. Here are some I noted from a talk on sustainable human resource management given by a headhunter::
Why waste a good crises – layoff the deadwood and hire the experts.
Why don’t we make quality (social license) everybody’s job?
We will run out of fully competent people before we run out of people.
Don’t build playing fields; rather spend the money on local people and put them to work as mine employees.
Mining is a waste management activity. The recovered metals pay for the waste management and the remaining revenue is the profit.
And from a talk on sustainable blasting:
Don’t kill your workers
Don’t kill the public.
Don’t spread your ore all over the place with a badly designed blast.
Ah well, that is sustainable mining for you.