Dust and air quality is an ongoing issue for many mining companies, and many parts of the mining process create dust, including vehicle movement, crushing, blasting and waste rock dumps. High levels of airborne dust can cause problems for workers and local communities and their livestock, including breathing issues and eye irritations. If not carefully managed, significant amounts of airborne dust can contribute to occupational health issues and has the potential to harm our social license to operate.
We follow IFC guidelines to monitor and manage air quality on and near our sites. On site and community monitoring is done via a network of dust monitoring stations and controls points. 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. Data from monitoring stations is reported to the relevant authorities, and also helps to inform and prioritise our dust suppression activities.