COVID-19 Hudbay Response

Last updated on May 21, 2021


We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are responding to the rapidly changing environment with our priority on the continued health and safety of our employees, contractors and our local communities.

We are guided by our values in everything we do, including the ongoing business decisions we make as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Our Executive Committee is meeting regularly to discuss the evolving issues around COVID-19 relating to our operations, our finances and our communities. See below for information on our business response plans, which is updated regularly as the situation evolves.


CRISIS MANAGEMENT RESPONSE

Our Crisis Management Plans were activated in early March 2020, establishing two tiers of crisis response. The first tier is at the corporate level with a focus on ensuring overall business stability, continuity and coordination. The second tier is at the business unit level where the response plans are developed based on the dynamics and context of the local situation. Our business units are engaging with local communities, health authorities, government and other stakeholders in each of our regions.

All our locations have developed site-specific measures intended to identify and limit COVID-19 exposure and transmission and maintain a safe environment for workers and communities. These measures continue to evolve as the status of the pandemic changes in each region with measures being adapted to the regional health authorities’ latest restrictions and guidelines. As more vaccines become available, we stand ready to support vaccination programs in our areas of operation.

We believe the most important way we can support the communities in which we operate is to manage safe operations, which provide income for local employees, businesses, and communities. While we have had members of our workforce contract COVID-19, transmission within our workplaces has been limited. We have taken stringent measures to limit any spread, and we are working closely with local health authorities and are supporting employees who may be required to isolate. Our focus is on being a safe employer and caring member of the communities in which we work, which is why we have committed to putting the necessary protocols in place, including screening and testing, to protect our employees and their families. In addition to our hard work to maintain safe operations, we have been supporting public health authorities in their efforts and providing COVID-19 relief funding, supplies and services to neighbouring communities.

We are working to fulfill our role as a responsible community member, employer, supplier, and steward of our investor’s funds. To do our part to ensure these response measures are successful and effective in keeping our environments safe, we are continually evaluating and changing the way we work.

PERU BUSINESS UNIT

At the beginning of March 2020, when Latin America was confirming its first cases of COVID-19, we started taking precautions to protect our employees in Peru. Hudbay put into place procedures and protocols based on recommended practice of health authorities. Starting in April 2020, ‘quick tests’ (antibody tests) were procured and administered to incoming and outbound workers at Constancia.

The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency on March 15, 2020, requiring non-essential businesses to be shut down, initially for a 15-day period. On February 19, 2021, the Government of Peru extended the COVID-19 health emergency for another 180 days, from March 7 to September 2, 2021.

On March 19th, 2020, we initiated a temporary and orderly suspension of our Constancia mine. During the suspension period, a small workforce was maintained at the site to oversee critical aspects of the operation in order to facilitate a quick and efficient restart and ramp-up of the mine. Hudbay received recognition and approval from Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines in May 2020 for its restart protocols and Constancia successfully ramped-up to normal levels by July 2020. Enhanced health and safety measures were implemented upon the re-start of operations and remain in place as Hudbay continues to monitor the local impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While it is still a changing environment, our focus remains on the health and safety of our workforce and the local communities. We are working collaboratively with the health authorities to ensure our workforce and partners adhere to COVID-19 protocols while continuing to operate safely and efficiently.

Our overall approach for protecting workers and communities is establishing a first line of defence of quarantining and testing inbound workers, a second line of defence of distancing and protection processes at our Constancia camp and operation, and a third line of defence of testing outbound workers before they return to their communities. As variants emerge there are procedures in place for an increased length of quarantine for incoming workers in hotels in Cusco and Arequipa before they travel to site. This testing has helped protect our workforce and local communities by identifying potentially infected individuals prior to their travel to Constancia or back to their communities. We have also adjusted work rotation schedules to support the quarantine and screening processes. As of the end of March 2021 Hudbay has administered over 61,000 tests to incoming and outgoing workers.

In September 2020, Constancia became the first mine in Peru to obtain the SAFEGUARD Certification from Bureau Veritas. This biosafety certification confirms that Constancia fully complies with all the protocols of its COVID-19 surveillance plan. Bureau Veritas reached this conclusion after an extensive audit of the mine's policies and procedures. All COVID-19 protection measures currently remain in place. We are closely monitoring any developments and will consider additional protection measures that may be required, depending on the local COVID-19 situation in our regions.

MANITOBA BUSINESS UNIT

Our main focus is on the health and safety of our workers and of the communities in which we operate. We are working closely with local health authorities in Manitoba to keep our employees and contractors safe. This includes temperature and symptom-screening at the start of every shift and employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are asked to isolate. Other on-site measures include maintaining a two-metre distance, mandatory mask-wearing in communal areas and shared vehicles, the installation of plexiglass barriers in control rooms, and strict capacity limits in control and meeting rooms. Workers arriving at our Snow Lake camp from out of province are required to obtain pre-departure testing at their home locations before travelling to site, and to follow safe travel plans. In December 2020, Hudbay implemented on-site COVID-19 testing for personnel arriving at our Snow Lake camp and any individuals receiving non-definitive results are isolated and referred to local health authorities for further testing. On-site COVID-19 testing at our camp is ongoing and as of April 2021 is available for all those who work in Snow Lake.

Our mines in Manitoba continue to operate and ship concentrate and zinc metal. The Manitoba team is actively engaging with its employees and the local communities to manage the evolving situation and monitor and reinforce the above measures and layered workplace controls to maintain a safe work environment and help protect local communities.

Resources

Below are some links to stay informed on COVID-19.

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Canada Public Health: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Peru: https://www.gob.pe/coronavirus

 

Please email us if you have any questions: info@hudbay.com

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