The ultimate goal of Barrick’s Safety and Health Management System and supporting programs is to prevent all incidents from occurring in the first place.

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.


Our Approach

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 that 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.

Emergency Response Plans & Procedures

Barrick emergency response teams complete intensive training to make sure they are well prepared to respond in the event of an emergency. Each year, these 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 the following, among others:

  • Regular testing of emergency procedures
  • Identification of emergency scenarios
  • List of population and residential centers at risk
  • List of environmental and wildlife populations at risk
  • List of functions of key people
  • Procedure for internal communication
  • Procedure for external communication
  • Criteria for determining levels of alerts
  • On-site and external resources available (e.g. mutual aid agreements)
  • Toxicity testing facilities (gas, water)
  • Post-emergency evaluation of effectiveness of plan and response
  • Ongoing communications plan in relation to progress of clean-up and remediation.

There were incidents during 2016 that required emergency response resources.  Post-incident reviews of these events provided us with assurance that our emergency response capabilities meet both our expectations and the needs for high-level response.

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2014 Responsibility Report

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