The main principle of our health and safety program is to be prepared for potential risks and emergencies before they could occur. In doing so, we ensure that our employees and facilities are educated, trained, and equipped to deal with emergencies on a regular basis as well as keeping our facilities and policies up to date and effective by complying with local and international emergency preparedness obligations and requirements.
The best way to prevent harmful consequences resulting from an emergency is to be prepared. For this reason, we perform simulated emergency events and deliver training at least once annually for all employees at each of our hazardous facilities. Furthermore, at the most high-risk sites, we conduct more frequent emergency preparation sessions, sometimes on a monthly basis. We also keep up-to-date emergency response plans at all of our facilities.
An integral component of preparedness is knowing where and how emergencies may occur. We thus constantly look to identify potential accidents that could have an adverse effect on the environment or on our employees. In doing so, we inspect audits and reports by state controlling bodies, inspection results and reports, environmental impact assessments, project safety examinations and hazardous production facilities inspections. In order to understand and prevent environmental accidents, we assess environmental monitoring data and historic accidents that have negatively impacted the environment and work closely with local environmental bodies.
In ensuring emergency preparedness on a company-wide basis, 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 in collaboration with local emergency authorities. We also train our in-house rescuers and have contracted professional companies who specialize in life-saving services and accident prevention.
To maintain our emergency preparedness on a constant basis, we proactively enhance our OHSMS, ensure that all of our operations possess full licensing for all relevant safety activities, make regular audits of all facilities in which hazardous activity is carried out and sign mandatory liability insurance agreements to any indemnify harm caused by potential accidents in hazardous production facilities.