Major occupational health issues at Metallon’s operations include occupational lung diseases and noise-induced hearing loss. All Metallon’s employees are provided with full training and education on how to prevent such occupational health issues and are given protective equipment when working underground.
Operations are periodically subjected to ergonomic and industrial hygiene surveys to enable management of hygiene factors and potential musculoskeletal disorders.
All employees prone to contracting dust related diseases are subjected to initial and periodic pneumoconiosis medical examinations. Lead assessments are also carried out on employees who work in assay laboratories. Hepatitis screening is done for employees who work at the sewerage plant. Audio examinations are done for employees exposed to noise. Eye tests are done as well for drivers of heavy vehicles.
Metallon has clinics on all its mines. The clinics are run by qualified personnel and they are visited once a week by a medical doctor. The purpose of the clinics is to provide primary health care to the mine employees, their dependents and the surrounding communities, and providing occupational health services to the mine employees.