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Health is related first and foremost to the wellbeing of people.

For mining and metals companies, people are not only employees but also members of families, communities and broader society. Health considerations must therefore extend beyond the boundaries of a mine – where companies can exercise greater control on the activities that can have an impact on health – and out into the communities they may affect.

Focus areas

Communicable diseases

Mining and metals operations are often located in or near to areas where communicable diseases are common.

Continually improve health and safety

Work towards zero fatalities requires continuous improvement and a number of step changes by individual companies and the industry as a whole.

Critical control management

Focusing risk-management on those controls that are most critical for health and safety to get the industry to zero fatalities and serious illness.

Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM)

Almost all underground mining equipment in service is diesel-powered. DPM is a carcinogen and exposure to elevated levels of emissions has been linked to negative health effects.

Occupational diseases

Targeting a vision of zero occupation-related fatalities.

ICMM's Mining Principles

Supporting global goals