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Health & Safety

NOVAGOLD is dedicated to the safety, health, and welfare of our and Donlin Gold LLC’s employees and their families, our contractors and visitors, and the multiple communities in which we work. NOVAGOLD’s management is devoted to providing leadership in health and safety. All team members take accountability for their personal safety and that of others working around them. NOVAGOLD specifically works with Donlin Gold LLC to maintain a culture that promotes safe work practices through individual and group employee motivation, safety achievement rewards, and safety performance recognition both in the workplace and in our local communities. Our practices reflect the objectives that are codified in NOVAGOLD’s Health and Safety Policy.

"The expanded 2021 drill program was a success because of the incredible work by the Donlin Gold LLC team, Calista and TKC, and our collective dedication to the highest standards of safety, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. We are grateful that, even while expanding the 2021 drill program mid-summer, COVID-19 cases at site were minimal and there were no lost-time incidents. Once built, the Donlin Gold project is expected to provide significant benefits for the Y-K region and the State of Alaska for generations to come."

Dan Graham
General Manager
Donlin Gold LLC

Danny Twitchell, environmental coordinator at the Donlin Gold project.

NOVAGOLD, Donlin Gold LLC, and our partners are committed to providing an environment in which all our people make it home safely every day and that empowers individuals and communities to work together to ensure a bright future for everyone. This means:

Donlin Gold LLC executed the 2021 work program with minimal COVID-19 cases at the project site. During our 2021 field season at the Donlin Gold project site, out of approximately 171,310 hours worked, we recorded only four cases of COVID-19. The affected individuals fully recovered and ultimately returned to work.

Donlin Gold LLC continued high health and safety performance with a zero lost-time incident frequency rate in 2021. The total recordable incident frequency rate (TRIFR)* in 2021 was 1.16, which was an improvement over 2020 and met our goal of 1.5 or lower. In 2021, Donlin Gold LLC employees and contractors received a total of 338 hours of health, safety, and emergency response training. Overall, Donlin Gold LLC employees and contractors have worked more than 2.7 million hours over more than a decade without a lost-time incident or fatality. In a number of years, Donlin Gold LLC has been honored with the Barrick Gold Merit of Safety Award, a distinction that has recognized 365 consecutive days of zero lost-time incidents. Winning this award is an example of Donlin Gold LLC’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees and contractors.

* Total Recordable Incident Frequency Rate (TRIFR) is defined by OSHA as an incidence rate of lost-time injuries, fatalities, and medical incidents and is computed using the following formula: (number of injuries and illnesses X 200,000) / employee hours worked = TRIFR. Note: ‘200,000’ represents the number of hours 100 employees work based on 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year, and provides the standard base for calculating incidence rate for an entire year.

Beyond the health and safety focus at the project site, we also sponsor and invest in a range of initiatives in the Y-K region that foster community health and safety. These initiatives are highlighted in the “Communities” section of this report.

Applicable Corporate Policies can be found at https://www.novagold.com/company/governance/ including Environmental Policy; Code of Business Conduct and Ethics; Anti-Corruption, Anti-Bribery, Anti-Fraud; Health and Safety; Human Rights Policy; and Social License and Sustainable Development.

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