Health & Safety

The safety and health of our workers and colleagues is a core value of the mining industry.

Responsible mining companies are committed to the health and safety of workers and their families, local communities and wider society.

Health and safety has to be at the heart of all operations and processes. IMMA and its members share an unwavering commitment to improving health and safety performance, towards a goal of zero harm, with the priority of eliminating fatalities in the industry.

Mining presents various hazards that can be of significant consequence, but through effective risk management strategies neither safety incidents nor the onset of occupational diseases should happen. People have a right to go home safe and healthy to their families and their communities at the end of every day.

Today’s mining companies recognize that continuous performance improvement necessary to achieve the goals of zero fatalities and injuries means going beyond what’s required by regulations.

To accelerate the pace of mine safety improvement, we have taken voluntary steps to implement best practices that encourage a “culture of safety.” Risk assessment processes identify safety controls to eliminate or minimize the impacts of hazards. By identifying and eliminating potential hazards, and deploying state-of-the-art technology, IMMA has developed an award-winning safety framework that is bringing more miners home safely after every shift.

Focus Areas

Health - 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.

Safety - If a company cannot mine safely it should not mine at all. In safety, one size doesn't fit all. Safe ways of working are built shift by shift, day by day and over time. This requires leadership, investment and an unwavering commitment to the goal of zero harm with a priority on zero fatalities.