Our Health & Safety

Our Health & Safety

Our Health & Safety

HomeSafe is more than a safety program, it’s a call to action meant to focus all of our employees on our ultimate goal of zero harm.  It reminds us that our friends and family need us and depend on us to come home safely. They are our reason to get HomeSafe.​

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Vale, in partnership with the City of Greater Sudbury has comprehensive procedures and plans in place to respond to emergencies that may affect community safety . 

HOW to ACT in a Hazardous Materials Release Emergency

In the unlikely event of a potentially hazardous material release which may affect nearby communities Vale activates a comprehensive emergency plan. If you hear the emergency signal: a 15-second air horn blast followed by 5 seconds of silence, be sure to ACT accordingly: 

  • Always go indoors
  • Close all doors and windows
  • Turn off furnaces, air conditioners and other air intakes 
  • Do not use the telephone unless you require immediate emergency assistance. Stay tuned to your radio or television for information updates and remain inside until an “all clear” message is broadcast and the air horn is stopped.

    Vale tests its emergency warning system, including its air horn, every Monday at 1:30 pm to enhance system maintenance requirements. I f you hear the horn on Mondays at 1:30 pm, please remember it is simply a regular test of our emergency system.

    For quick reference, download the ACT Poster​. Spread the word by hanging it in your school, place of work, at home. 

    Click here to learn more about our local Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.​

    Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) laboratory and research facility​

    ​Vale and the United Steel Workers Union (USW) took a step forward in the journey towards zero harm with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) laboratory and research facility on the Laurentian University campus, which opened in the spring of 2015.

    CROSH has been conducting research into workplace health and safety for the past seven years, but the dedicated space in the Ben Avery building provides a new home for its key personnel. Here, researchers as well as undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines collaborate on occupational health and safety related research. 

    The objective is to affect industry change through the application of its research findings in workplace settings, like Vale’s mines. First, data and evidence related to specific occupational health and safety issues are gathered and assessed in the mine. Next, solutions are developed in the lab, and then they are evaluated back in the mine environment. 

    CROSH’s research isn’t merely academic; it has a tangible impact on the physiological and psychological health and safety of employees.

    For example, a three-year study called ‘Mining Mental Health’ is being conducted to gain vital information in developing effective mental health strategies for workers at Vale’s Ontario Operations – and beyond.  Outputs from Mining Mental Health will contribute substantially to the current body of research, which will benefit others in the mining industry and similar sectors. 

    Together, Vale and USW, in partnership with CROSH, are prioritizing the growing issue of head-to-toe health in the workplace.