All Kinross operations are required to have formal emergency plans in place for all potential 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, our 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.
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training and certifications are updated annually. Each site must have 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.
Sites are also required to have local crisis management plans, which are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. In 2011, we rolled out a comprehensive crisis management system. The system helps Kinross ensure a rapid, consistent and professional response to managing crises and includes a secure, real-time management platform that allows simultaneous communication among crisis management responders at the corporate, regional and site level for the duration of an emergency. To complement the system, Company-wide training began in 2011 at our corporate office. Training at all other sites will be completed in 2012.