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Gidion Munyaradzi

Gidion Munyaradzi

Senior Environment Health Safety Manager
Durban North, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality
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About Gidion Munyaradzi:

I am a Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager bringing safety culture and risk management abilities developed over a 24-year career in metals, mining, agriculture, construction, FMCG, forestry and timber products industries. Experienced in ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and NOSA health and safety and environmental management systems. Technical proficiency in HSE strategies, legal compliance, auditing, continuous improvement plans and behaviour based safety. Leadership skills in performing risk assessments, incident investigations, emergency preparedness and response, training and people management.

I have led a multinational company (42 000 employees), driving Zero Harm campaigns - reduced fatalities: 11 to 1; improved lost time injury frequency rate: 0.100 - 0.076; cut occupational health illnesses by 80%. 

Experience

Miro Forestry and Timber Products, Asante-Akyem, Ghana and Freetown, Sierra Leone                                                  

Group Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Manager                                                       June 2020 – present

  • Leading OHS teams in Ghana and Sierra Leone to implement the company’s OHS Policy, review, develop and implement operational standards and procedures striving to create a sustainable Zero Harm Safety Culture. Introduced road safety, electrical and machinery safety, leadership in safety initiatives and fail-safe controls that included vehicle speed limiters, vehicle roll over protection structures and machinery interlocking mechanisms. 
  • Eliminated fatalities (from 11 in 15 months to zero in 24 months), cut lost time injuries by 81% (from 53 in 12 months to 8 in 12 months) and maintained annual performance targets and objectives  upon undertaking and overseeing HSE audit activities (internal and external) and improving incident investigations ensuring corrective action recommendations are followed through. 
  • Accomplished a 22% decline in vehicle, electrical and machinery related accidents after integrating critical fatal risk reduction standards
  • Pioneered a positive and negative consequence management scheme to enhance safety culture, monitor company performance and recommend corrective and improvement actions – financial and non-financial incentive scheme; OHS disciplinary procedure. Reduced outsourcing consultancy by 90%.
  • Attained nil fatality and limited lost time injuries to 3 in 2 greenfield and one brown field factory construction projects (1 in Ghana ($8 million); 2 in Sierra Leone ($3 million) as a Lead safety subject matter expert providing stewardship on project safety management 
  • Managing the company’s internal training H&S program and management systems conforming to the Forestry Stewardship Council Principles, International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and International Labour Organisation guidelines, striving for certification to ISO 45001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.
  • Occupational Health management: Providing oversight of the occupational health function.
  • Change Management: Coordinating cross functional teams to manage change in OHS context. 
  • Compliance: Driving OHS management systems complying with the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) Principles, ILO standards and seeking certification to ISO 45001.
  • Security: consultative and advisory role on Security Management Plan. Tongaat Hulett South Africa, Durban, South Africa                                                      August 2011 – February 2020

Executive - Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Security (SHEQS) 

  • Implemented and evaluated the company’s Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental strategy and advised EXCO and the Board’s Risk & SHE Committee on compliance and resourcing requirements.
  • Led SHEQS teams at 18 operations in 6 countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia and eSwathini) performing risk assessments, conducting incident investigations, and providing corrective action recommendations, driving an effective mechanism that ensures that lessons are learned and best practice is entrenched.
  • Delivered key construction project management goals, coordinating cross-functional teams - eliminated fatalities; limited lost time injuries to less than 5 in 3 million hours - Xinavane Sugar Mill - Refinery construction (ZAR 500 million), Tongaat Hulett Developments –land development; sewerage works, road construction, civil works (ZAR 1 billion), Germiston Starch Mill - Aledex plant construction (ZAR 120 million), Huletts Refinery – carbon emission reduction plant (ZAR 90 million).
  • Selected as the Corporate Risk Regional Manager of the year (2015) by NOSA, South Africa, having managed participated in internal and external audit programs i.e. ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001 and NOSA systems.
  • Reduced fatalities from 11 to 1 in 3 years after developing leading and lagging indicators to manage the SHEQS efficiently and after pioneering critical risk control initiatives (Vehicle safety, electrical and energy isolation, machinery guarding, lifting operations and confined spaces) while overseeing all plant, equipment, vehicle, and compliance standards and reviewing all HSE documentation and systems. 
  • Championed strategic sourcing for SHEQS as category specialist, continually monitoring the performance of the SHEQS supply chain to ensure it added value and supported delivery of the company’s strategic sourcing targets.

Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe, Masvingo, Zimbabwe                                               March 2005 - July 2011                                                                                                                                                       

 HSE and Sustainability Manager

  • Headed an EHS team responsible for the environmental management programme focusing on pollution prevention, water and air quality monitoring, waste management and compliance with legislation; saved 40% of regulatory costs. 
  • Initiated EHS system review, integrating ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 codes of practice – secured third party certification; decreased audits from 18 to 10 per year; realised 56% cost savings. 
  • Accelerated risk assessments, incident investigations and audits, generated performance trends and continuous improvement plans - decreased injuries by 55%. 
  • Supervised 5 EHS Managers, managed a Fire and Emergency Service department and implemented a successful BBS process. 

 

Mimosa Mine, Zvishavane, Zimbabwe                            January- February 2005

HSE Officer (2 months)

Zimbabwe Alloys, Gweru, Zimbabwe                                                                          October 1996 - December 2004

Safety Coordinator: October 2002- December 2004

  • Championed behaviour based safety – won silver award in Anglo American Plc worldwide safety competitions involving more than 800 companies.
  • Technical expert for safety hazard analyses, hot work permitting, training, emergency planning and response.
  • Assisted management during incident investigations and analysis and performed risk assessments.

Electrician: October 1996 – September 2002

Education

BSc Bachelors Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies; Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering; Senior Management Development Programme; Several HSE courses

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