All Kinross operations have formal emergency plans in place for all probable emergencies, including hazardous chemical spills and exposures.
In addition, all of our sites evaluate emergency preparedness as part of their compliance with the Cyanide Code. Four sites (Round Mountain, Kettle River-Buckhorn, DeLamar reclamation site and Paracatu) have proceeded with implementation of the Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at the Local Level (APELL) program, which involves co-ordinating our emergency response planning with a local community’s emergency response capabilities and plans. Sites also have local crisis management plans, which are reviewed and updated on an annual basis and integrated with Kinross’ overarching Crisis Management System which links all levels of the organization with real-time communications and crisis information.
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training and certifications are updated annually. Each site has a properly trained rescue team that works with local response personnel to ensure mutual capability to respond to an emergency situation. Procedures are tested and reinforced regularly through simulation exercises. Emergency response is part of Kinross’ Corporate Responsibility audit protocol, under which sites are audited on a biennial basis.
Crisis Management System
Crisis management is a key part of our health and safety program. Kinross implemented a web-based crisis management framework across the Company in 2011. The framework helps Kinross ensure a rapid, consistent and professional response to managing crises. The system includes a secure web-based, real-time management platform that allows simultaneous communication and enables immediate updates in quickly evolving situations. The system includes contact information for key stakeholders and crisis management team members at the corporate, regional and site level. Training was completed at all sites, regions and corporate offices in 2012. As part of the corporate crisis management system, drills are carried out twice a year at each site, once a year at the regional level and once a year corporately.