An important aspect of our health and safety programme is ensuring preparedness for any emergency that may jeopardise the well-being of our employees.
Each year, we perform simulated emergency events and deliver training at least annually within each of our 93 hazardous production facilities. Within the most high-risk sites, we conduct more frequent emergency preparation sessions, sometimes on a monthly basis.
In our processes to ensure emergency preparedness, we comply with the requirements and legal obligations of the countries in which we operate. In addition, each Polymetal facility possesses Accident Prevention plans, developed collaboratively with local emergency authorities. We also train our in-house rescuers and have contracted professional companies who specialise in life-saving services and accident prevention.
To maintain our emergency preparedness we:
- continuously enhance our OHSMS implemented across all our operations;
- ensure our operations possess full licensing for relevant safety activities;
- enact safety audits across all buildings, constructions and technical facilities used in hazardous activity; and
- sign mandatory liability insurance agreements to indemnify harm caused by potential accidents in hazardous production facilities.
To identify potential accidents that could adversely impact the environment we:
- prepare the list of relevant accidents;
- ensure that our hazardous facilities are included in the official state register;
- prepare emergency response plans; and
- provide insurance for hazardous industrial facilities.
We analyse the following:
- historic accidents that have negatively impacted the environment;
- audits and inspection results and reports, environmental impact assessments, project safety examinations and hazardous production facilities inspections;
- audit reports of state controlling bodies; and
- environmental monitoring data.