This paper discusses issues of cyanide management at the newly-constructed Ovacik gold-silver mine in Turkey. The mine, which has been using 120 ton/y of sodium cyanide (NaCN) since May 2001, was the first operation in the country to use cyanide to recover gold. Mine staff strives to continuously plan and provide detailed accounts of the management practices and initiatives being undertaken with regard to handling cyanide. It is believed that the programs and activities that have been implemented at Ovacik will facilitate improvement in this area. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.