San Cristobal is the first ‘healthy’ mining company

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San Cristobal was the first mining of Bolivia to obtain the “Healthy Company” certification, through a series of integrated actions of care, prevention and health promotion of its employees (including families) and population living in the area influence of the project.

The Bolivian certification (NB) 512001: 2008 Management System Healthy Workplace, was granted after a verification process conducted by the Bolivian Institute of Standardization and Quality (Ibnorca).

“The company has complied witha series of comprehensive actions of care, prevention and health promotion, not only for the employees of the company, but also for the health of people livingin communities (San Cristobal, Culpina K and Vila Vila) which operates San Cristobal Mining,” said the president of Ibnorca, Daniel Sanchez.

The system proposes the development of three key components: assistance, aimed at ensuring the application of analysis and medical criteriato address emerging health problems of risk factors in the company; prevention, aimed at establishing measures to anticipate the onset of disease and to implement actions to mitigate their consequences; and promotion, aimed at ensuring that the company develops actions for staff to take control over their health, showing the effects of prevention.

“I feel committed to continue working with San Cristobal Mining so that both the company and its employees can continue to flourish,” said MSC president, Haruo Matsuzaki, after receiving recognition.

The results and achievements of the country’s largest mining company, he said, reflect “all the effort, commitment, and affection that Bolivian workers have in San Cristóbal, with its regions and its people.”The requirements of NB512001200 ensures compliance with quality standards, allowing companies that decide to implement improvements in the management of risks associated with the health of their workers and prevent the occurrence of diseases that may or may not be caused by work activity, resulting in significant benefits to the company and its workers.

RECOGNITION. This certification is an integral part of the MSC Management System which has other certifications such as ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) and ISO / IEC 27001 (Information Security).

Having this certification is an important support for management policies for health and safety at work applying the company, which seeks to becomea national leader in this field, working daily in the continuous improvement of working conditions by the incentive to the culture of health promotion and disease prevention, “cites a press release from the company.

San Cristobal, a subsidiary of the Sumitomo Corporation (one of Japan’s leading business consortia) is a world class mining company and is located in the province o fNor Lipez in Potosí department. The company has to date invested at least “$1,800million” in Bolivia, representing the country’s largest foreign direct investment in mining; part of these funds were allocated to the creation of the necessary transport infrastructure, communications and utilities to exploit silver, zinc and lead safely and efficiently, the company said.

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San Cristóbal Mining, a subsidiary of Japan’s Sumitomo, works with the Mining Corporation of Bolivia (Comibol) in the development of cutting edge technology for the recovery of lithium from the Salarde Uyuni, the company said in a statement.