Health and Safety


Health and Safety


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​Ontario Operations HomeSafe Program

We believe in zero harm – to our people, our workplaces, the communities in which we operate and the natural environment. We all have a part to play in reaching our goal of zero harm through HomeSafe.

+ Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan

Vale maintains a robust and multi-faceted emergency response program. Although unlikely, an emergency is a situation or a set of circumstances which, if not promptly eliminated, controlled, or contained, could result in harm to people, property or the environment. Emergency plans and procedures are developed, in consultation with the workforce, to safeguard our employees and the community from hazards dangerous to their safety and health.


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 Vale Port Colborne Refinery emergency signal – a constant air horn blast – 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 Friday at 12:30 pm to enhance system maintenance requirements. If you hear the horn on Fridays at 12:30 pm, please remember it is simply a regular test of our emergency system.

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

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