Safety and Health

Advancing Sustainable Development Goals When following the Safety and Health Protocol, mining companies and communities work together to advance the Sustainable Development Goals . • Promoting workplace health through training and management systems that support identification of and respond to potential hazards, preventing fatalities, injuries, and illness • Upholding labour rights and promoting safe and secure working environments for employees and contractors, with a goal of ‘zero harm’ Case Study: Copper Saves Lives Copper has unique antimicrobial properties and is proven to continuously kill bacteria that cause infection. In fact, when installed on high touch surfaces, copper will eliminate up to 99.9% of harmful bacteria, and the opportunities for its widened use to minimize the spread of disease present an important opportunity for the mining industry to play a bigger role in prevention efforts both now and in the future. Through its Copper & Health program, Teck Resources Limited (Teck), a major copper producer, is building partnerships, raising awareness and improving health outcomes for patients, visitors and healthcare workers. The goal of the program is to assess copper’s potential to make communities safer by reducing healthcare-acquired infections. A new Vancouver Coastal Health study, supported by Teck, confirmed copper’s durability and infection control benefits in a hospital setting. The study found that the effectiveness of using copper to kill unwanted bacteria and viruses can be used to combat the spread of diseases such as COVID-19. Case Study: John T. Ryan Awards for Mine Safety The John T. Ryan awards for mine safety were established in Canada in 1941, putting Canada at the forefront of efforts to turn a historically dangerous industry into one of the safest. The best mine safety awards in Canada are presented each year at the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum’s annual conference. The John T. Ryan Trophy has now expanded to include Chile, Peru, Colombia, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil, bringing Canadian leadership in safety promotion around the world.