ICMM releases guidance on Health Impact Assessment

International Mining & Minerals Association
4 Mar 2010

A new publication on Good Practice Guidance on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) has been published by the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM).

ICMM recognizes the imperative to integrate health impact assessment with environmental and social impact assessments and this publication aims to provide the reader with management tools to achieve this.

The HIA is intended as a practical tool to assist companies in protecting the health and wellbeing of their workforce and local communities. It presents an overview of how mining and metals operations can affect the health and wellbeing of local communities, describes typical health impact assessment processes and outlines a methodology for undertaking a rapid assessment so that in-house practitioners are involved from the start.

The guide can be downloaded from the ICMM website at http://www.icmm.com/page/35457/good-practice-guidance-on-health-impact-assessment