Amplats’ workplace health programmes focus on managing the occupational and non-occupational health risks prevalent among our workforce.
In the context of managing the occupational and non-occupational health risks, the following remain our five key areas of intervention:
1. Occupational health
2. Health promotion
3. Disease management
4. Emergency medical care
5. Public health
In addition, the interplay between the health risks related to a person’s workplace, lifestyle and community requires a comprehensive approach
to health management. Such an approach recognises the interconnectedness between aspects such as illness, fatigue, lack of fitness
to work, injury, outbreaks of community disease and workplace exposure, and heeds their combined impacts on an employee’s health status, morale and productivity.
The main health challenges currently contributing to the burden of disease and poor health among Amplats employees are the following:
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- Chronic diseases
- Non-occupational and occupational injuries
- Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)
Consequently, the Company’s health strategy is a very broad one and covers the full spectrum of health-related interventions.
In the course of 2012 Anglo American Platinum Limited (Amplats) developed health-improvement plans and closely monitored their implementation, with a special focus on mitigating occupational exposure to high levels of noise. In respect of HIV/AIDS and TB, the Company offered comprehensive programmes that included renewed attention on isonicotinylhydrazine (INH) prophylaxis for susceptible individuals, with the aim of reducing the incidence of TB and TB mortality among these employees.
Amplats continues to invest in systems and resources earmarked for health promotion, occupational health, emergency medical care, disease management, infection control and medical services.