Health and Safety Specialist - Manh Choh

Tetlin/Tok, Alaska, United States
Nov 19, 2021
Dec 19, 2021
Full Time
Located approximately 240 miles from the city of Fairbanks, Manh CHoh will be the newest of Kinros Alaska mine sites. Manh Choh will be primarily a camp based mine. Kinross Fort Knox in Fairbanks is a centre of excellence for the Company as one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world. In 2019, the site poured its eight millionth ounce of gold, over 20 years into its mine life. The initial Gilmore Expansion Project is expected to extend mine life to 2030.

Job Description

Promote activities designed to maintain and to improve safety awareness throughout the Manh Choh mine property and serve as the liaison to the regional facility at Fort Knox. Support implementation of policies and procedures; provide support to the Health and Safety Department by administrating site Health and Safety Programs. Facilitate area Health and Safety inspections, trainings, and all monitoring activities necessary to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, consistently ensure regulatory compliance, and align daily functions to reflect Kinross' values. Assist in safety audits under the Kinross Gold Corporation Environmental and Health and Safety Management System.

A significant amount of time spent at the mine site will be expected

Job Responsibilities

• Assist in establishing goals and objectives regarding the development and implementation of programs.
• Assist in implementing Kinross Gold Corporations contractor management policy.
• Actively develop, promote, and participate in company safety programs.
• Assist in the development and implementation of emergency preparedness policy and procedure.
• Must demonstrate excellent supervisory and leadership skills when filling in for the Health & Safety Superintendent/Manager.
• Provide information to supervisors and employees regarding safe operating procedures.
• Participate in department audits and facilitate implementation of audit recommendations. 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 safety or which could cause significant loss of capital resources.
• Coordinate with department heads the communication of injuries and incident statistics to the appropriate outside agencies.
• Assist with the development of trend analysis from on-site database.
• Establish and maintain good relations with peers, supervisors, and employees to promote positive attitudes, safe work practices, and adherence to safe work standards. Lead by example, provide guidance, and motivate employees to work safely.
• Participate in departmental safety meeting and lead meetings when requested.
• Assist in developing and updating written standards and procedures for all major work activities.
• Ensure that the appropriate safety notices are posted in strategic locations.
• Assist in the development and administration of group and individual safety awards.
• Participate and assist supervisory personnel and / or follow-up on all accident / incident investigations, planned inspections, and reports as per company policy. Ensure that basic and root causes are
determined and actions to prevent recurrence are completed. Also ensure that equipment damage and related incident costs are tracked.
• Participate or represent company during MSHA interactions. Coordinate abatement of any citation and complete the proper reports.
• Available for callout to mine property within 45 minutes.
• Available to respond to medical facility or mine site in an emergency.
• Maintain accurate records, reports and files.
• Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in job performance.
• Responsible for conducting performance evaluations, recommending promotions, and carrying out corrective actions as needed.
• Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required, plus 3-5 years related experience.
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety in addition to a preferred.
  • General understanding of mining operations as well as limited understanding of milling and maintenance operations.
  • Must possess or have the capability of obtaining a CMSP or MSP certification.
  • Must possess or have the capability of obtaining an MSHA instructor certification.
  • COHC certification preferred.
  • Good working knowledge and skill with a P.C. utilizing word processing and spreadsheet programs.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of laws and standards relating to mining and the ability to work with regulatory agencies.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the attached physical demands sheets.
  • May work holidays, weekends, and shift work as required.


• Attention to detail and strong analytical skills

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Health & Safety Manager

Legislative Requirements

Background Check required

Language Requirements


Travel Requirements

Require travel to operational site(s)

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.