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Approach

Another of our core values, care and respect, forms the basis of all of the Group’s health programmes. Our vision is that no employee is harmed by working at our operations, and that the health of those who work for us is improved.

An employee provides access to his records on theHealthSource  by scanning his fingerprint at our Highveld Hospital in South AfricaAn employee provides access to his records on theHealthSource by scanning his fingerprint at our Highveld Hospital in South Africa

Our health strategy

Occupational health management forms the foundation of our health strategy. It comprises two separate disciplines – occupational hygiene and occupational medicine.

Occupational hygiene refers to the process of anticipating, recognising, evaluating and controlling health hazards in the working environment, while occupational medicine is the branch of clinical medicine concerned with employee fitness for work, medical surveillance of employees, medical emergency management, and death and disability management.

The knowledge and experience we have gained through our workplace health programmes are used to support health initiatives in our community outreach programmes, as well as informing our investments and activities aimed at promoting healthcare in developing countries more broadly

Our standards

The Anglo American Occupational Health Way provides a simple set of global standards for managing occupational health risks. It is underpinned by three guiding principles: that all occupational illnesses are preventable; that we will learn by monitoring exposure and surveillance of disease incidence in order to prevent further harm; and that we apply common, simple and non-negotiable standards throughout the Group.

An essential element of the Occupational Health Way is our second-party assurance process, which is undertaken by the safety and sustainable development (S&SD) risk and assurance team. During 2013, we undertook a series of follow up audits to measure progress against the improvement plans made in the previous audit cycle.

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