Most of our operations take place in dry dusty parts of the world and we work hard to safeguard the quality of the air around our operations. Excess dust from our operations could potentially cause issues such as breathing difficulties or eye irritation for our host communities and if not carefully managed could damage our social license to operate.
We follow IFC guidelines to monitor and manage air quality on and near our sites. This means we have monitoring stations that measure airborne dust levels both on site and throughout our local communities. These monitoring stations are checked weekly to assess airborne particulate counts. In accordance with IFC guidelines we aim to ensure airborne particulate levels are less than 500mg/m2/day.
GATHERING DUST ON CASE STUDY THE LOULO-GOUNKOTO HAUL ROAD
To minimise the dust created by vehicles on the critical haul road on the Loulo-Gounkoto complex we regularly wet the roads, with highest priority given to the heavy use haulage roads and busy roads in the community.
To ensure a prompt response to dust problems, the road wetting tracks are kept and managed by the local community. We have also been trialling the use of dust suppressants like molasses and bitumen. These efforts are complemented with dust reduction activities including planting of vegetation in exposed areas and by running speed awareness courses.