Our Values

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Pogo maintains the highest standards for worker safety. We know our employees are a valuable resource; that’s why we require our employees to attend regular safety education courses and to adhere to high standards. The culture of safety at Pogo ensures that each employee is conscious of their own personal safety as well as that of their fellow employees. The result? The Pogo team has worked continuously for more than two years without any lost time due to work related incidents.

Headlamps for the miners on a charging station.

“The most important thing we bring up from under the ground is our employees. No ounce of gold is so important that someone should take a short cut or get hurt to produce it. Everyone goes home safe and healthy. Every day.”
     – Chris Kennedy, General Manager

HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARDS

Central Mine Rescue Competitions

2015
First place, Rope Rescue Team
First place, Mine Rescue Team
Second place, Team Technicians
Third place, First Aid Team

2014
Third place, Mine Rescue Team

2013
Team Trainer of the Year
Third place, Mine Rescue Team

2012
Second place, First Aid Team
Second place, Mine Rescue Team
Third place, Rope Rescue Team
Third place, Team Technicians

2011
First place, Mine Rescue Team
First place, Rope Rescue Team
First place, First Aid Team
First place, Team Technicians

2010
First place, Mine Rescue Team
Second place, First Aid Team
Second place, Rope Rescue Team

2009
Second place, Mine Rescue Team
Third place, Rope Rescue Team
Second place, BG4 Benchman
Second place, ITX Gas Detector

2008
Second place, ITX Gas Detector
Third place, First Aid Team
Second place, BG4 Benchman

On Site Accomplishments

2015
Surpassed 2 years without a lost time injury

2014
Surpassed one million manhours without a lost time injury

2009
Sentinels of Safety, US Department of Labor/Mine Safety and Health Administration

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ENVIRONMENT

Although millions of ounces of gold are being mined at Pogo, no mining takes place on the surface. It’s all underground. Pogo uses the lowest-impact techniques possible to keep this corner of Alaska as beautiful as we found it.

Pogo has more than 55 active government permits in place and each permit has its own set of requirements that must be met. From daily monitoring to annual audits, each permit has different reporting and inspections that must be completed. We employ a team of talented and dedicated environmental professionals who monitor our operation from start to finish.

Pogo is proud to have achieved ISO 14001 certification. This internationally recognized accomplishment ensures that our environmental management system is comprehensive and rigorous. The environmental commitment at Pogo requires participation from everyone, from the kitchen manager to the General Manager.

Clean water: To avoid water pollution, Pogo separates the water runoff of undeveloped areas (clean runoff) from water that contains sediments from mining (mine contacted water). Clean runoff can be safely returned to nearby water sources, while mine contacted water can be reused for other processes before it is treated and returned to the environment. With our team of certified water and wastewater treatment professionals, Pogo makes potable water and operates a sewage treatment plant.

Reclamation: Pogo knows that being “a true Alaskan” means taking care of Alaska—both its land and people. We work hard to reclaim mined areas so the land is returned to useful purposes. Reclaimed mine lands are often more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining. Our goal is to give back to the land in return for all it provides us.

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Saplings grow along the Pogo road.