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HEALTH: Mining and metals health risk guidance from ICMM



LONDON, U.K. – The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released a new edition of its guidance on occupational health risk assessment (HRA). It provides practitioners with the information and tools they need to assess the health and well-being of employees and contractors.

The latest edition brings existing guidance up to date with changes in the field of occupational health risk assessment as well as aligning it with ICMM’s critical control management approach. Critical control management is an integral part of risk management that focuses on identifying and managing the controls that are critical to preventing catastrophic and fatal events.

The first edition of the guidance to help companies address the occupational health risks in the mining and metals sector was published in 2009.

The guidance provides a 13 step approach to conducting health risk assessments (HRAs), from identifying the hazards and those potentially effect by them, through assessing and prioritising the risks, to implementing controls and acting on any issue, backed with the commitment to continual improvement to health and safety performance. Even though HRA is a technical endeavour, a key component to the success is the commitment and visible leadership from senior and executive management.

You can download Good Practice Guidance on Health Impact Assessment.at: www.ICMM.com/gpg-occupational-health

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