The safety record in and around El Sauzal has steadily improved. The operation follows corporate guidelines and applies internationally recognized tools to improve safety performance, such as the STOP program, in addition to internally developed programs such as Safety Leadership Training and Golden Eye on Safety and Fighting Fatalities. Its safety committee sets in place guidelines and makes decisions on important safety issues. The primary objective is to change the employees' attitude towards safety by training not only the practical and theoretical aspects but also by promoting an awareness and sensitivity of safety among employees.
El Sauzal was the first mine operation in Latin America to obtain certification under the International Cyanide Management Code, the international benchmark for transporting, storing and using cyanide. In July 2011, El Sauzal was recertified under the Cynaide Management Code. For the past two years, El Sauzal has received the Certification of Clean Industry granted by the Mexican Environmental Protection Authority (PROFEPA).
Mine Closure Plan
El Sauzal has begun its closure plan activities. With a conceptual closure plan, El Sauzal is ready to start the remediation on its waste dumps and some exploration sites. El Sauzal has been working with the identification and designs of sulfide oxidation controlling methods found in both walls and floors from the pits.