Barrick’s Safety and Health Management System and programs are designed with the ultimate goal to prevent all incidents.
At the same time, the company maintains a high degree of emergency preparedness with appropriate plans, resources and training to minimize the impact on workers, families, the community, and operations should an emergency occur.
Based on site risk assessments, Barrick sites develop appropriate plans and provide the resources and training required to respond effectively to potential emergencies. Regular drills and simulations test emergency readiness. Visitors to sites must take part in a safety induction program so they are informed about safety precautions and emergency measures during their visit.
In addition, Barrick maintains trained emergency response teams at every site. These highly trained, skilled professionals are the first responders to any mine emergency. They are recognized experts at first aid, firefighting, dealing with hazardous chemicals and emergency rescues, and won several mine rescue competitions in 2015.
Turquoise Ridge won the overall championship at the Nevada Regional Mine Rescue competition sponsored by the Nevada Mine Rescue Association held in Winnemucca Nevada, March 2015.
The Hemlo Mine Rescue team competed at the Ontario Mine Rescue competition in June 2015 winning best in first aid and second place in the technician competition.
Barrick emergency response teams complete intensive training to ensure they are well prepared to respond to emergencies. Each year, our emergency response teams exceed the minimum requirements of emergency response training, both at Barrick sites and at specialty emergency response and firefighting schools. We also provide emergency response training to contractors. To support their training, our teams regularly compete in various mine rescue competitions with other mining companies. Many of our emergency response teams have earned awards at these competitions.
All sites have emergency response plans and procedures in place. In addition, Emergency Preparedness audits are performed at least every two years. Incident Command and Crisis Management systems are in place at each Barrick mine site and operating unit office.
Our site-specific emergency response plans cover (among others) the following:
There were incidents during 2015 that required emergency response resources. Post-incident review of these events provided us with assurance that our emergency response capabilities meet our expectations and needs for high-level response.
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