Health and Safety Specialist

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Date: Aug 8, 2019

Location: Elko, Nevada, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Bald Mountain is an open-pit mine with a large estimated mineral resource base located in Nevada. It is the newest mine in Kinross’ portfolio and was acquired in January 2016.

Job Description

Promote activities designed to maintain and to improve health and safety awareness and site safety programs throughout the mine property. Support implementation of policies and procedures under the Health & Safety Program. Assist in safety audits under the Kinross Gold Corporation Environmental Health and Safety Management System.

Job Responsibilities
  1. Assist in establishing goals and objectives regarding the development and implementation of Health and Safety programs.
  2. Actively develop, promote, and participate in company safety programs.
  3. Assist in the development and implementation of emergency preparedness policy and procedures.
  4. Assist in the development and implementation of an Emergency Response Team (ERT) standards in addition to procedure and coordination of ERT activities. This would include, but not limited to, incident response, training sessions, equipment purchases, team member recruiting, special functions, etc.
  5. Provide information to supervisors, employees, and contractors regarding safe operating procedures.
  6. Participate in department audits and facilitate implementation of audit recommendations.
  7. Inspect work areas regularly in all departments and solicit ideas from employees regarding safety issues. Discuss areas of concern with employees and the supervisor of the areas concerned. Take immediate action on issues which could jeopardize personal health and safety or which could cause significant loss of capital resources.
  8. Exchange information between employees, contractors, and appropriate outside agencies on a regular basis in order to be aware of and respond quickly to health and safety issues.
  9. Coordinate with department heads the communication of injuries and incident statistics to the appropriate outside agencies.
  10. Assist with the development and implementation of trend analysis applications and other tools.
  11. Establish and maintain good relations with peers, supervisors, and employees and promote positive attitudes, safe work practices and adherence to safe work standards. Lead by example, provide guidance, and motivate employees to work safely.
  12. Keep skills and knowledge up-to-date.
  13. Participate in departmental safety meeting and lead meetings when requested.
  14. Assist in developing and updating written standards and procedures for all major work activities.
  15. Ensure the appropriate safety notices posted at strategic locations.
  16. Assist in the development and administration of group and individual safety awards.
Job Description Cont'd
  1. Participate and assist supervisory personnel and / or follow-up on all accident / incident investigations, planned inspections and reports as per company policy to ensure that basic and root causes are determined and actions to prevent recurrence are completed. Ensure that equipment damage and related incident costs are tracked.
  2. Participate or represent Kinross during regulatory interactions. Coordinate abatement of any citation and complete the proper reports.
  3. Available for the Health and Safety on-call roster.
  4. Must be knowledgeable in all applicable sections of the 30CFR and other relevant standards.
  5. Available to respond to medical facility or mine site in an emergency.
  6. Punctuality and regular attendance are required.
  7. Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to, safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  8. Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  9. Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state.
  10. Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  11. Maintain accurate records and files.
  12. Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in performance.
  13. Demonstrate professionalism and represent the company philosophy and goals.
  14. Perform other related functions as assigned by H&S Manager. 
Education and Experience
  1. High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Employee must have sufficient education to read and write instructions, perform simple and mathematical calculations and keep records.
  2. Certification as an MSHA instructor and or the ability to obtain certification is required. MSP or CMSP preferred or the ability to become certified.
  3. Completion of technical courses related to mine rescue techniques; documentation of training required.
  4. Ability to work independently and also as a member of the management team.
  5. Strong verbal, written, and analytical skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  6. Good working knowledge and skill with a P.C. utilizing word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  7. Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the attached physical demands sheets.
  8. Must be available for shift work, overtime, holidays, and weekends.
Health and Safety Requirements
  • Adheres to all health and safety considerations.
  • Have a strong commitment to safe working practices.
  • Wears Personal Protective Equipment at all times while in the production environment.
  • Is alert and observes, corrects, and reports unsafe conditions.
  • Follows operating procedures and complies with all regulatory requirements.
Kinross Leadership Practices
  • Creates an environment where nothing is more important than every employee returning home safe and healthy every day. 
  • Creates an environment in which people are consistently treated with respect.
  • Fosters the talent and potential of all employees by enabling them to grow, develop, and make a difference in the organization.
  • Demonstrates that leadership in the areas of environmental performance and community and stakeholder relations is fundamental to the way we plan and manage our business. 
  • Holds self and others accountable for the decisions, commitments, and behaviors required to deliver outstanding results.
  • Uses judgment to manage business complexities, prioritize and balance conflicting demands to make timely decisions that best advance Kinross strategy. 
  • Builds and brings teams and people together to achieve organizational goals.  Models humility by going beyond self-interest for the good of the group.
  • Understands the economic implications of decisions and consistently uses all resources effectively and efficiently to maximize shareholder value.
  • Relentlessly champions, develops and embeds best practices. 

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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