Health and Wellness
Kinross has developed a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines to assist our operations in minimizing potential occupational health risks.
We provide training, instructions, procedures and protective equipment to address such issues as hearing and respiratory protection, thermal stress, industrial hygiene, ergonomics and occupational health. We regularly monitor our employees and contractors, as well as our workplace environment, for exposure to occupational health hazards.
Each Kinross site engages a qualified industrial hygienist and conducts regular risk assessments of potential health issues. When significant risks are identified, formal occupational health and industrial hygiene programs are developed and implemented. We conduct regular testing of workplace air quality, supported by biological monitoring campaigns for workers with duties that potentially increase their risk of exposure to workplace contaminants. Our standard is to meet American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®) recommended exposure limits.
We conduct basic testing for tuberculosis at our Chirano and Tasiast sites, which are located in regions where tuberculosis is endemic. In Ghana, malaria continues to be the leading cause of death among children and pregnant women despite the fact that it is preventable and treatable. At Chirano, the Malaria Control Program takes an integrated vector control management approach to malaria prevention and which led to an 82% reduction of overall malaria incidence rates (laboratory confirmed plus presumptively treated cases vs. baseline) among our employees, their dependants, and on-site contractors. The Chirano Malaria Control Program is among the gold industry programs featured in a World Gold Council video Gold for Health-Ghana Spotlight produced to support World Malaria Day.