ICMM releases new health risk assessment guidance for mining and metals sector

  • By Michael Tuck MAusIMM, Associate Professor of Mining Engineering, Federation University Australia

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) released a new edition of its guidance on occupational health risk assessment (HRA) on 14 December 2016. This new edition replaces the first edition of the guidance published in 2009.

The guidance provides health risk practitioners with information and tools that are needed to assess the health and well-being of employees and contractors on mine sites. The guidance has been updated to reflect changes in occupational health risk assessment over recent years and also aligns the guidance to the ICMM’s critical control management approach. This method focuses on identifying and managing controls critical to the prevention of catastrophic and fatal events.

The revised guideline provides a 13-step approach to conducting health risk assessments. These steps involve identifying the hazards and those potentially effected by them, assessing and prioritising risks, implementing controls, acting on issues and closing the loop. The aim being continuous improvement in health and safety performance and a continuation of the industry’s zero harm vision by implementing critical control management.

Further details can be downloaded from www.icmm.com/gpg-occupational-health.

There are also a number of other useful downloads on the ICMM website as well as links to further resources.

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