Focus on Training
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 projects, based on Kinross’ management standards and policies and in line with local regulations. An estimated 125,000 hours of safety training was delivered to employees and contractors at Kinross sites in 2011.
In conjunction with training required by the regulations in each host country, we have developed corporate training programs in areas we have identified need improvement. For example, our Chirano mine became the fifth site to complete the Kinross Electrical Safety in the Workplace training program, with 29 staff electricians completing the extensive curriculum. Our Fort Knox, Kettle River-Buckhorn, Round Mountain and Paracatu sites have also completed the program.
At Kupol, after completing a risk hazard identification program in 2010, we implemented a health and safety/risk management training program for all employees. It focuses on the need to plan ahead, identify unsafe behaviours and conditions, and ensure that all colleagues are working safely.
At Tasiast, we’ve developed a supervisors’ training program. The health and safety component was rolled out early in 2012, with the four-day program provided to heads of department, superintendents and supervisors at the site. Topics covered included risk assessments, accident investigations and task observation. Rollout will continue in 2012 and will be expanded to include management and supervisors at our Chirano operation. For more information on our training initiatives at Tasiast, see Case Study 4: Developing a Skilled Workforce in Mauritania.
Learning from Experience
At Kinross, management undergoes an exhaustive root cause analysis to determine causes of accidents and near accidents to prevent them from happening in the future. By asking three main questions – 1) what happened? 2) why did it happen? 3) how can we prevent it from happening in the future? – we can prevent future incidents, protect employees, and contribute to the continuous improvement of our operations.