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Health and Safety

At Yamana, safety is the responsibility of each and every person throughout the Company. We continue to have a strong and mature safety culture, driven by Visible Felt Leadership, Fatal Risk Protocols, Life Saving Controls and proper risk identification and reporting through HPIs. Our continued focus on health and safety drives consistent improvements in our year over year performance, allowing us to be amongst the top in the industry.

Governance

Our extensive health and safety practices cover both Yamana and contracted employees. Our general managers consistently demonstrate their commitment to health and safety through participation in H&S activities and Visible Felt Leadership practices, and together with corporate HSEC teams and the SVP, Health, Safety and Sustainable Development, are actively updated on incidents, both High Potential Incidents (HPIs) and Significant Incident Reports (SIRs), as well as the results of investigations through regular meetings with the site.

Engagement in health and safety extends beyond the site level by ensuring that senior executives, as well as the CEO and Board of Directors, receive regular updates on the health and safety performance approach and policies. For more information on how we ensure accountability on health and safety across all levels of the organization, please see our HSEC Governance page.

Strategy

Our vision of One Team, One Goal: Zero guides our health and safety strategy to ensure we operate by incorporating evolving international best practice. The main elements that drive our strategy are:

  • Focusing on managing high-risk activities;
  • Implementing the HSEC Improvement Plans;
  • Focusing on leading indicators and creating a culture of safety in the organization;
  • Incorporating internationally recognized OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 Management System;
  • Conducting regular internal audits to identify areas for improvement; and
  • Participating in industry organizations such as the Mining Safety Roundtable.

Risk Management

Risk management is the fundamental aspect of Yamana’s approach to health and safety. Sites, with support from regional and corporate teams, identify which risks are most likely to affect them, and create strategies to prevent, control and mitigate those risks through the HSEC Improvement Plans, which seek to embed controls and processes to ensure improvements are sustainable. In addition, a formalized risk management approach aligned with the Global Mining Industry Risk Management (GMIRM) framework is used to anticipate, identify, quantify and control risks in our workplaces.

All employees and contractors receive training on hazard identification and risk assessment, as well as procedures for task-specific risk assessments. This concept is further expanded on in the Training section.

Yamana manages health and safety–related risks through a variety of formalized mechanisms at different levels throughout the organization. We ensure controls are in place to manage as well as eliminate risks wherever possible.

Fatal Risk Protocols (FRPs)

Yamana has 10 Fatal Risk Protocols that target higher-risk activities with the potential to cause fatal injuries and establish minimum performance expectations for managing these risks. An additional component of these protocols is Life Saving Controls (LSC), which focus specifically on the controls within the FRPs that are most likely to prevent the loss of life. These are the controls that are regularly verified as being in place and working effectively to prevent injury.

Fatal Risk

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Lock Out
Tag Out

Lock Out Tag Out

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk involved in the use of uncontrolled energies in equipment and machines.

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Hazardous
Materials

Hazardous Materials

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk involved in the use, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.

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Explosives and
Flammable Materials

Explosives and Flammable Materials

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk involved in the use, transport, handling and storage of explosives and flammable materials.

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Ground
Control

Ground Control

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk involved in the fall, release and sliding of rocks and/or other materials.

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Work at Height

Work at Height

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk involved in working at heights.

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Vehicles and
Machinery

Vehicles and Machinery

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk caused by the operation of mobile machines and equipment.

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Confined
Spaces

Confined Spaces

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk caused by work in confined spaces.

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Protective
Devices

Protective Devices

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk caused by a lack of protective devices on equipment.

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Cranes and
Slings

Cranes and Slings

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk caused by the operation of lifting equipment such as cranes and slings.

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Underground
Fires

Underground Fires

Eliminate and/or control the potentially fatal risk caused by underground fires.

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<a data-name="training"></a>Training

All site personnel, including contractors, undergo comprehensive health, safety and task training prior to the commencement of their work with Yamana. This training includes a general induction, covering emergency procedures, proper safety protocols, as well as task and equipment training specific to the work that they will be doing on a Yamana site. Employees must receive training on specific activities prior to commencing work, as well as regular training updates throughout their employment. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Training on personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Hazardous materials storage and use;
  • Safe driving procedures;
  • The obligation to refuse unsafe work; and
  • Introduction to Yamana’s Fatal Risk Protocols.
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Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health

We strive to equip our people with the tools, training and mindset that result in continual health and hygiene awareness. From our operations to our offices, we seek an incident- and illness-free workplace. Monitoring and sampling are conducted by qualified persons for chemical, biological and physical hazards to ensure that workplace exposures are controlled and do not adversely affect the health of our employees and contractors.

We start with our hiring practices, which aim to ensure everyone at our operations prioritizes health, as well as safety. Once hired, each employee and contractor immediately begins learning about our health, hygiene and medical standards and protocols. New employees and contractors undergo training to learn about the health hazards that they might encounter in their workplaces and are provided training on the controls required to minimize exposures. Training includes information on chemical hazards as per the Global Harmonized System, formally known as the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Each of our operations in South America have site health clinics staffed by occupational doctors and nurses who not only respond to workplace incidents, but also provide wellness training and wellness checks on a regular basis, as required. Our sites require that all persons receive pre-employment, periodic and exit medicals, all of which help ensure that workplace conditions are not adversely affecting their health.

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Visible Felt Leadership

One important way we build the desired workplace culture and manage risks at Yamana is through Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) across all sites, corporate and regional offices.

This concept guides our leadership actions at Yamana, by encouraging people from all levels of the organization to promote health and safety through their visible actions every day. Through VFL, leaders demonstrate the importance of our employees’ safety through listening to workers describe their work, the associated hazards and then validating that the controls are in place and are effective in reducing risk. This, as well as participating in and encouraging a variety of health and safety activities throughout the site, demonstrates that the goal of zero is everyone’s responsibility and a priority for the Company.

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Significant Incident Reporting

All sites follow the Significant Incident Reporting (SIR) procedure, which seeks to ensure that learnings from incidents are shared throughout the operation and across our sites to reduce the chances of reoccurrence.

Incident investigations are completed on all actual and potential significant incidents using the Incident Cause Analysis Method (ICAM) technique. The results from the SIR investigations are shared monthly across sites, with site level and corporate management, including the Senior Executive Group, to reinforce a culture of safety and accountability within Yamana.

ICAM analysis

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The learning process embedded in the SIR procedure also helps generate a workplace culture that encourages not only incident reporting, but also the reporting of conditions and situations that could lead to an accident with potentially high severity, called High Potential Incidents (HPIs).

We focus on and incentivize reporting of HPIs with low actual consequences, as they provide us with an opportunity to understand missed controls in events where an employee was not injured, thereby ensuring controls can be developed and put in place to prevent injury in the future from a similar event. These incidents are shared across the organization, including with the Senior Executive Group, to maintain accountability, share lessons learned and reduce the potential of recurrence of a similar incident. For more details on how we link HSEC to operational and executive compensation, please see Our Approach.

Through the use of HPIs, SIRs and monthly and quarterly SIR meetings, we have improved knowledge sharing throughout the Company, not only of the incidents themselves, but of the root causes and mitigation strategies, with the aim of ensuring that similar situations are not repeated at any of our operations. These incident investigations are a key component of our leading indicators.

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Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness

Although we work hard to identify, control and mitigate our risks as much as possible, we also recognize the need for emergency preparedness and response in the event an incident occurs. At Yamana, we have a Corporate Crisis Management Team (CCMT) consisting of members of the Senior Executive Group, supplemented with subject matter experts. The CCMT conducts periodic crisis simulations and training to ensure consistency in our response and define responsibilities to enable clear, effective and efficient incident management. Every site has an emergency response plan that defines potential emergencies that could occur and emergency response and crisis management teams who also conduct periodic simulation exercises.

Upon completion of simulations, a critical analysis is conducted to evaluate the response and, where required, recommend improvements. Further, all of our underground mines have a sufficient number of fixed and portable refuge chambers to shelter all employees safely during an emergency when evacuation is not possible.

By 2022, all operations and the corporate office will align with the Towards Sustainable Mining Crisis Response and Communication Planning Protocol.