Water resources must be protected to prevent illness in humans and to conserve bodies of water for years to come.
Employee and community health underpins our effectiveness as an organisation and improves our capacity to gain access to, and work in, areas where there are health risks.
Many health issues transcend work life, so we promote a work environment that contributes to our employees being both fit for work and fit for life. The success of this approach is a shared responsibility between management and employees, contractors and their families.
We recognise that a healthy workforce and supporting community is vital for business productivity and growth. Our approach to health aims to give our current and prospective employees confidence that they are being well looked after and that their ability to perform their role is critical to BHP Billiton, and to dispel perceptions that working in the resources sector is a difficult job.
What are we hearing? Our experience indicates that many of our people are motivated to stay in our industry for the long term, and that they need support and advice to stay fit for their roles.
We understand that we need to consider the age of our workforce in our approach to medical assessments and fitness initiatives. How are we working with others?
We work with a range of global companies to investigate and develop leading practice occupational health initiatives. Current examples include our work with 3M, a diversified technology company, which is helping to design materials and personal protective equipment to reduce exposures to chemicals, and the technical review and pilot program conducted with Optalert, an Australian-based company, for new technology to detect the early signs of worker fatigue.
Our commitment has led the way in developing an international consortium for further support of the project. The trial, which is in the final stages of review by the South African Medical Research Centre, offers hope of treatment for the disease and is likely to proceed in Malaria is a significant health issue in southern Mozambique, northern Brazil and Pakistan, where our operations are located, and in emerging markets, such as Guinea and Angola.
What are we doing? Our businesses are diverse and face different health issues related to such factors as their production processes and locations.
We are introducing a targeted 15 per cent reduction by for employee exposures over the occupational exposure limit that currently necessitates strict use of personal protective equipment to avoid adverse health effects. A key component of our reduction strategy will be a focus on specific exposure reduction initiatives for the top three exposure risks in each of our Customer Sector Groups CSGs annually over this period.
Our 5-year Health strategy takes a holistic approach to medical assessment. We aim to create a leading practice working environment, where employees can expect the offer of regular medical assessments of both their fitness for work and general health.
How have we performed? Over the last four years, we have experienced a reduction in potential employee occupational exposures above regulatory limits for most exposures. Noise-induced hearing loss, however, remains a significant issue for the Company. We are keenly aware of the need to move from a dependence on personal protective equipment to implementing engineering processes so as to reduce these exposures.
Measurement of noise-induced hearing loss in BHP Billiton is based on the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards, which are among the most stringent in the world, and is focused on detecting noise-induced hearing loss at the earliest stage.
While Company-wide noise exposure rates have remained stable over the last five years, we are confident that we are detecting cases of noise-induced hearing loss at an early stage.
This should assist in preventing further deterioration of hearing in these cases.
At the same time, we are actively promoting activities designed to reduce noise exposure, with particular focus directed to noise management for maintenance workshops and the use of underground ventilation fans.
Going forward, we are targeting a further 15 per cent reduction in potential employee exposures above occupational exposure limits. Key to this approach has been the identification and targeted activity to address the top three exposure risks faced by each of our CSGs.Ways of Conserving Water.
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