Salim Vohra
ICMM HRA Guide

consultancy: guide development, industrial, mining

Good Practice Guidance on Occupational Health Risk Assessment

International Council on Mining and Metals, 2009

This writing project, for which I was lead writer and project manager, involved developing a state-of-art, flexible and holistic approach to HRA in the mining and metals sector that fits both the developed and developing country contexts of mining and metals projects whilst taking account of current HRA best practice. It used the guide developed for the oil and gas industry by IPIECA as starting point.

It:
  • deveops a 13 step approach to conducting the 3 broad types of HRA - baseline, issues-based/targeted and continuous
  • identifies the key competencies needed to conduct HRAs
  • describes how to undertake the key steps in the HRA process
  • illustrative examples of how to analyse and quantify the potential risks
  • shows how to quality assure the HRA
The aim of occupational HRAs is to systematically and proactively idnetify health hazards in the workplace, assess their potential risks to health and determine appropriate control measures to protect the health and wellbeing of workers.