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Good practice guidance on occupational health risk assessment

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: This practice addresses the need for guidance on occupational health risk assessment. A healthy workforce is key to the success of mining and metals companies, and ICMM company members are driven to protect the health and well-being of workers and local communities by ICMM's Sustainable Development Principle 5. Workforce protection must address 'zero harm' - ensuring an environment in the workplace that fosters the recognition of occupational illnesses as preventable.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: This guide outlines good practices for identifying occupational health and safety impacts of mining and metalworking, identifying hazards and exposed workers, and practices in estimating exposure levels and assessing the effectiveness of management and highlights the importance of quality analysis and reporting.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The expected impact of the occupational health risk assessment is to identify health hazards, assess their potential risk to health, prioritise them and determine appropriate control measures to keep workers safe.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is relevant for industry

Good practice guidance on occupational health risk assessment (p. 2, 4-5)
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Guidelines / guidance document
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Pre-exploration (land-use planning)
Pre-exploitation / development stage (e.g. feasibility study)
Exploitation phase
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Holistic risk management and emergency preparedness
Workers well-being
System change potential
rules/regulations for risk management, mining system level