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Health

Our employees are our most important asset. Protecting, promoting and enhancing the health and wellbeing of our workers is as vital as protecting their safety. We do this by identifying, and managing, the key health risks to which they are exposed.

The Occupational Health, Hygiene and Security Department strive to ensure that all employees experience a high quality of working life. In order to achieve this, the department offers many services to its employees:

  • Fitness for work

In order to ensure that our workers are fit to perform the duties of their job, specially designed physical fitness assessments have been created that match the physical requirements to perform the work within the job classification. These assessments are done when a new employee is hired and when a person transfers into a new job classification.

Confidentiality of medical conditions is a requirement. When an employee sustains an injury or illness, the Occupational Health team intervenes to ensure that they can be safely accommodated into job tasks, equipment or with a work conditioning program to promote healing and productivity.

  • Medical clinic facilities

Both the Labrador City and Sept Iles sites have fully functional medical clinics. In Labrador City, a full time Physician provides services for work related injuries and illnesses, in addition to performing annual and pre-placement medicals. In Sept Iles, the clinic has an Occupational Physician visit weekly, but also provides ad hoc services through his independent clinic during office hours. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses provide first aid services, proactive clinics such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks, as well as influenza vaccines during the flu season.

  • Ergonomics

Safety talks are provided for employees to ensure that risk factors are examined and injury prevention is exercised. Additionally, Functional Capacity Evaluations are conducted to ensure correct job matching. The ultimate goal of ergonomics is to reduce and eliminate work-related injuries at IOC.

  • Emergency response

Safety talks are provided for employees to ensure that risk factors are examined and injury prevention is exercised. Additionally, Functional Capacity Evaluations are conducted to ensure correct job matching. The ultimate goal of ergonomics is to reduce and eliminate work-related injuries at IOC. Our highly trained staff in the Emergency and Security Services department is responsible for the protection of all assets at the Labrador City location. They conduct regular mobile and foot patrols to enforce IOC's Safety Standards. The team consists of fully trained emergency responders who are responsible for responding to emergencies throughout the project including: fire, medical (ambulance response), confined space, and high angle rescue. Regular audits occur to ensure that our equipment, training, and response time are best practice.

  • Rio Tinto Health and Hygiene Standards

Rio Tinto has set standards for all of its companies with respect to Occupational Health and Hygiene protocols. Each element requires that a program be in place, documented, audited, all workers are advised, and to strive for best practice. Some of the 16 components include: First Aid, Medical Surveillance, Risk Assessments, Workplace Monitoring, Records, Particulates and Vapours, Hearing Conservation, Manual Handling and Vibration, Travel and Immunization, and Fitness for Work.

  • Back injury prevention and wellness

Through our Ergonomic Program we have developed a back injury prevention program that provides education, bodymechanics and realistic examples of how to correct posture while working. The Ergonomist is available to assess workstations and tasks that are causing discomfort or involve awkward postures to help reduce fatigue and risk of injury.

  • Employee & Family Assistance Program

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is an off-site, voluntary, confidential, short-term counselling, advisory, and information service. The EFAP can provide assessment, short-term counselling, referral, case management, and follow-up services to employees and their immediate families.

  • Hygiene program

The hygiene program is designed to monitor and evaluate risks from exposure to dust, noise, radiation, and vibration (for example). IOC monitors the exposure via personal monitoring to determine exactly when and how the worker may be exposed. Every occupation within IOC has been measured from hygiene exposures and we have compiled the data into similar exposure groups to ensure that regular sampling, and medical testing, occurs that is relevant to the exposure.

  • Health Promotion Initiatives

The department is continually striving to achieve a proactive approach to health. Therefore, several programs are offered to employees that focus on health promotion and wellness. Some examples include: annual flu shots, physical fitness, smoking cessation, pain relief, blood pressure, glucose monitoring, nutrition counselling, and heart health. The Personal Wellness Profile is a tool available to all employees, which determines the individual's potential health risks. Completing this questionnaire can provide you with a personalized report of your health status.