The HIA is intended as a practical tool to assist companies in protecting the health and wellbeing of their workforce and local communities.
It sets out an overview of how mining and metals operations can affect the health and wellbeing of local communities, describes typical health impact assessment processes and outlines a methodology for undertaking a rapid assessment so that in-house practitioners are involved from the start.
The Good Practice Guidance recognizes the imperative to integrate health impact assessment with environmental and social impact assessments and provides the reader with management tools to achieve this.
ICMM's interaction on this issue is guided by two of our Sustainable Development
• To seek continual improvement of our health and safety performance
• To contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities within which we operate.
A sister publication Good Practice Guidance on Occupational Risk Assessment (2009) provides practitioners with the information and tools they need to assess the health and wellbeing of employees and contractors.