To ensure our teams have the tools, skills and resources needed to address an emergency, each site has proactive emergency response plans and highly skilled, rigorously trained emergency response teams in place.
The emergency response teams at all Centerra sites receive regular training on emergency prevention, including on dealing with high-hazard priority incidents such as cyanide and chemical spills and dispersal, high-angle rescues, vehicle extrications, and fires. Along with training, sites conduct periodic drills and mock exercises to ensure that teams understand proper procedures and to identify areas for improvement. Centerra’s highly skilled emergency response teams (ERTs) at Mount Milligan and Kumtor compete in annual district and regional mine rescue competitions, which provide excellent opportunities for building team spirit as well as continually testing and improving emergency response skills.
Protecting Employee and Community Health and Safety
We recognize that the presence of a mining project may contribute to an influx of migration into our local communities. This, in turn, can play a role in increasing safety and health–related issues, including communicable and non-communicable diseases and other medical conditions. To protect our employees and communities, we take proactive measures to raise awareness and promote good hygiene and wellbeing practices.
We conduct health screenings for employees and contractors before they are hired and then on a periodic basis throughout their employment or contract. Each year, we also invest in preventative health programs, which may include voluntary flu vaccinations, inter-site fitness challenges and ad hoc guest speakers. In 2018, as part of the flu prevention vaccination program, 500 employees at Kumtor voluntarily received an influenza vaccination.
Maintaining community safety is a key priority. It is important to manage and address community concerns over issues such as increased traffic density, cyanide transportation and the introduction of new security personnel.
To manage the impacts associated with increased traffic and maintain road safety around communities at Öksüt, we took proactive measures to communicate transport routes to communities. In collaboration with relevant local authorities, we installed warning signage on roads near our sites and also developed a Road Safety Awareness Program for surrounding communities. Additionally, for relevant site teams, we have a Traffic and Transport Training Program for all employees and contractors; we also conduct a driver safety training program that teaches defensive driving skills and have set a zero-tolerance limit for alcohol and illegal drugs.