Historically, mining is seen as a dangerous and hazardous undertaking. Identifying and managing physical threats in the mining process are key components of our safety and health program. By identifying these threats, every operation is allowed to conduct mitigation through engineered or administrative controlling, or through the use of personal protection gear.
Our approach is to conduct evaluations on an ongoing basis against any process or operation that might potentially pose a threat. Once a risk is identified, we take steps to measure its extent before controlling it trough proactive measures in order to protect the health of our workforce.
We are aware and concerned about the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, notably among community members in our contract of work site. The company is aware that HIV and AIDS are diseases that need correct medical attention and of the social aspects that are attached to this issue. In 2010, Freeport Indonesia delivered 9,579 HIV/AIDS training sessions, which reached more than 398 participants. HIV/AIDS educational activities have targeted employees through education centers at the workplace, the company’s closed-circuit television, and other media campaigns of the company.
Freeport Indonesia’s policy statement on HIV/AIDS acknowledges the important implications of HIV and AIDS on the workforce and on the local community and the company makes an effort to curb the transmission of the disease in accordance with regulations of the Government of Indonesia and recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other relevant international health organizations. In line with the company’s policy of non-discrimination, government regulations concerning HIV and AIDS, and the view of ILO, Freeport Indonesia respects a non-discriminatory and equitable approach for people with HIV or AIDS.
Freeport Indonesia has also carried out world-class cohesive malaria controlling programs, and has a coordinated approach to fight TB. According to a 2009 WHO report, Indonesia has 189 active TB cases per 100,000 people. In 2009, not less than 24,000 of community-based malaria cases were detected and treated at clinics.