This excerpt taken from the BHP 20-F filed Sep 14, 2009.
We are progressing well with our health performance objectives. We had 215 new cases of occupational disease reported in FY2009, 51 fewer new cases compared with the FY2007 base year. The overall reduction in occupational disease since FY2007 is 27 per cent, which is on track to meet our target of a 30 per cent reduction in incidences in occupational disease among our employees by June 2012.
It is mandatory for BHP Billiton employees who may be potentially exposed to airborne substances or noise in excess of the BHP Billiton occupational exposure limits (OELs), to wear personal protective equipment. Compared with the FY2007 base year there was a 10 per cent reduction in the proportion of employees potentially exposed in excess of OELs in FY2009.
This excerpt taken from the BHP 20-F filed Sep 15, 2008.
The health of our people is central to our business success. Our major challenge centres on reducing or eliminating occupational health exposures to airborne contaminants and noise. Such exposures currently necessitate the strict use of personal protective equipment to avoid adverse health effects. Malaria and HIV/AIDs remain a significant health issue for many of our operations, including those in South Africa, southern Mozambique and Pakistan, and areas where we have development activities such as Guinea and Angola. We continue to work to find the most effective ways to help address them, including offering voluntary HIV/AIDS testing and counselling and continuing to support a mosquito spraying program in southern Africa.
This excerpt taken from the BHP 20-F filed Sep 26, 2007.
Understanding potential health risks and establishing suitable mitigation measures are important to maintaining productivity and growth, and demonstrate to our people that they form the foundation to our success. Several programs have been implemented locally and globally to reduce potential short-term and long-term impacts to the health of our people. We continue to implement fitness initiatives to ensure our people are able to meet the demands of their roles. We implement programs in both occupational health and community health (focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria) to maintain the health of our people and the communities of which we are a part.