CMOC-Northparkes Mines Wins Health Excellence Award at NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference

31 August, 2016

CMOC-Northparkes Mines Wins Health Excellence Award at NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference

The CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) “Heart at Work” program won the Health Excellence award at the NSW Mining Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference on 29 August.

Northparkes Managing Director Stefanie Loader said “I am thrilled our commitment to health and wellbeing at Northparkes has been recognised with this award. In the mining industry, our health reflects that of the general health of the population.

We recognised that many people, including employees and community members, were at risk of developing cardiovascular disease which kills thousands of Australians per year,” she said.

In 2015, the Heart at Work program was launched. The program focused on the modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as poor diet and increased cholesterol levels, reduced physical activity, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and increased stress.

Northparkes Manager People, Safety and Environment Angus Wyllie said “The Heart at Work program would not have been successful without the enthusiastic participation of our employees. They embraced every challenge, from cooking up a storm in crib rooms to committing to improve their personal health and fitness.”

The 12 month program saw some amazing individual and team results. One employee, Dan Rawsthorne, lost an amazing 17.7kg in the weight loss challenge.

Mr Rawsthorne started by changing a few small things in his life. He exercised more and watched how much and what he ate each day. “I was sick of not facing up to my health. My biggest challenge was breaking old habits; I found I was able to sustain the new habits I picked up because of the support provided by the program,” he said.

Mr Wyllie said “The Heart at Work program is part of our Zero Harm approach to all our operations. We care for our people, our environment and the community in which we live and work.”

Northparkes was also recognised as a finalist in the Environmental Excellence award category at the conference for its innovative crop trials on the mines’ tailings storage facilities.

ENDS

Media enquiries:
Elysha Loiterton
Northparkes Mines Advisor Community and External Relations
02 6861 3621
elysha.loiterton@northparkes.com


CMOC Mining Services Pty Limited (ABN 32 165 717 895) as agent severally for and on behalf of the Northparkes Joint Venture, an unincorporated joint venture between CMOC Mining Pty Limited (ABN 17 164 997 317) (80%), Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania Pty Ltd (ABN 81 059 761 125) (13.3%) and SC Mineral Resources Pty Ltd (ABN 84 058 323 372) (6.7%) operating under the business name of Northparkes Mines