Capacity building: recommendations for health in the mining sector

Global recommendation to protect the health of workers and populations in terms of planning, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs in the mining sector

Managing health risks related to mining operations

The project

This project aims to adopt a comprehensive approach to protecting and improving health as part of the development of mining sector operations. Rather than focusing solely on aspects directly related to health, this project will encompass all relevant sectors, such as the environment, workplace safety, the local economy and health infrastructure, which have a direct or indirect impact on the health of mine workers and local populations. The aim is to put in place integrated policies and programs to minimize the health impacts of mining activities and improve quality of life in a holistic way.

Cayambe was commissioned for this project to support the mining companies and local authorities.

Our experts

The following team was mobilized:

  • A public health expert
  • An expert in work psychology
  • An expert economist specializing in the mining sector
  • An expert in occupational health and safety infrastructure

The project is run over six months by a project manager and technically supervised by Cayambe’s technical director.

The actions

The team set up by Cayambe carried out the following actions:

  • Assess factors influencing health in the mining sector, such as working conditions, exposure to hazardous substances, access to healthcare, workplace safety, environmental impacts, local economy, and healthcare infrastructure
  • Facilitate collaboration between mining companies, local authorities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society actors to develop integrated health policies and action plans
  • Set up monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure the impact of interventions in the mining sector on the health of mine workers and local populations, using relevant health indicators