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The International Manganese Institute has a strong and enduring commitment to promoting good corporate citizenship amongst its members. Ensuring that member companies are informed of the best occupational safeguard measures to better protect their workers, that environmental protection measures are taken into account and that responsible attitudes are adopted vis-à-vis local communities, are paramount goals at the IMnI.

These challenges are handled by the Occupational Health, Environment and Safety Committee (OHES) IMnIs longest standing committee previously chaired by Catherine-Tissot Colle, Eramets Vice-President for Environment & Industrial Risks and now chaired by Dr Riedawaan Pillay, Vice –President, HSEC Manganese, BHP Billiton.

In 2004, the OHES Committee renewed its objectives and established a new set of goals.

The first of these aims was to raise awareness of relevant OHES issues, among member’s management teams.

The second goal was to keep members informed of new developments and provide them with a good understanding of pertinent scientific issues.

The third goal set forth by IMnI, through its OHES Committee, was to provide regulatory bodies with compiled industry data and information that is well-founded, upon request

IMnIs fourth and final goal with respect to OHES matters was to ensure that governments and regulators view the manganese industry as a positive, credible and ethically sound partner.

Haven achieved these goals through 2004 to 2010, the International Manganese Institute decided to make dramatic changes in its approach to Occupational Health, Environment, and Safety (OHES) issues. As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the best possible support to its members on all matters relating to health and safety, the OHES Committee launched a new series of safety workshops and developed an ambitious 5-Year Plan -- a plan that enables IMnI members to better integrate into a fast-changing and more environmentally conscious world - a world where the health of local communities and ecologies is just as important as the health of workers on the front-line.

In 2010, the Board adopted the OHES 5-Year Plan (2011-2015). The plan, costing nearly 4.3M Euros, aims to develop the IMnI as the platform for providing the Mn industry with guidance, tools and information that will allow it to anticipate occupational health, environment and safety demands whilst improving worker safety, sustainability and ensuring industry profitability. The plan assets five main goals, namely:

  1. Anticipate & track major regulations worldwide
  2. Develop economically sound industry safety standards
  3. Study & limit occupational health effects
  4. Quantify & evaluate environmental life cycle & risk
  5. Knowledge-sharing and best practices through continuous improvement

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