Training for our employees and contractors is a critical component of safety performance.
Mandatory safety training is conducted at all of our sites, including exploration and capital projects, based on Kinross’ management standards and policies, and in line with local regulations. An estimated 125,000 hours of safety training were delivered to employees and contractors at Kinross sites in 2012, and 250,000 hours of safety training were delivered in 2013.
Critical Risks Program
An important part of understanding safety performance is benchmarking against our peers among senior gold producers. While our performance across key safety indicators of TRIFR, severity rate and lost-time accidents is consistently in the top quartile of our sector, recent benchmarking revealed that Kinross’ fatality rate was average within our peer group. Despite achieving our goal of zero fatalities in 2013, we need to ensure we continue to prevent fatalities in the future. In 2013, we identified the underlying causes of the fatalities we have experienced over the past ten years to inform the development of a prevention plan in 2014. Key elements of the prevention program will include:
- Reinforcing our programs for road-going vehicles, including driver qualifications, vehicle maintenance and in-vehicle monitoring;
- Strengthening on-site permit-to-work systems to ensure all safeguards are in place before work can occur on specific hazardous activities such as work involving energy isolation, working at height, hot work, and confined spaces;
- Improving contractor management in collaboration with Kinross’ supply chain team, including supplier pre-qualification based on health and safety management and performance, worker qualifications, supervisor competence, and contractor equipment safety standards. A key element of the program will be the development of better tools to advise contractors of Kinross’ requirements and expectations before tendering, and to manage contractors once on-site. Coaching for front-line personnel managing contractors is an important element of the fatality prevention program.
The program is being rolled out to the sites in 2014, with an initial focus on motor vehicle safety and the contractor management standard. Other aspects of the program, including Permit to Work and supplier pre-qualification, are expected to roll out over the next two years.