Zero Harm. It's an idea that's at the foundation of our approach to occupational health. We believe that none of our people should be injured or contract illness while at work. But what are we doing to reach that goal?
All of our efforts to help combat occupational health risks are guided by three principles:
- We believe that all occupational illnesses are preventable.
- We learn by assessing and monitoring exposure and surveillance of occupational disease incidence in order to prevent further harm.
- We apply common, simple and non-negotiable standards throughout Anglo American.
And these principles are supported by a framework of measures and processes.
For example, common dangers to health such as noise, inhalable hazards, musculoskeletal disorders and fatigue have all been assigned mandatory technical standards at our sites. These standards include requirements for risk assessments, education and training, application of controls, and monitoring and review.
At our sites, the focus is on reduction of exposure to health hazards at the source through good engineering practice and rigorous maintenance of controls. Our standards go beyond legal compliance but compliance with the law will always be the minimum standard.
To support all these efforts, dangers to health are clearly and openly communicated at our sites with all stakeholders.
Taking care of our people is at the core of what we do. With the right level of rigour and effort, the goal of Zero Harm for occupational health is an achievable one.