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Workforce Wellness //

Why It Matters

Our long-term sustainability in the mining business hinges on having workers who are healthy, both physically and mentally. It is therefore important to promote good health and mitigate health risks inherent in the mining industry, which can include respiratory problems, gastrointestinal illnesses and headaches from prolonged or inadvertent exposure to noise, dust, emissions and gases.

Management Approach

Wellness Program

We care about the overall wellness of our people and constantly work to promote good hygiene, encourage healthy living and protect employee health. Our efforts include:

  • Monitoring each site to prevent exposure to chemical and physical hazards, and maintaining special procedures for handling hazardous materials such as cyanide.
  • Observing bio-markers (lead-in-blood and other blood chemistry) of our employees who work in labs or smelting facilities (twice per year), as well as specific health indicators for all employees relating to organ function or other aspects of work-related health such as lower back testing.
  • Maintaining a doctor onsite at each mine and providing all workers with annual medical exams, which include X-rays, spirometry, audiometry and physicals.
  • Running health campaigns including flu vaccinations, prostate screening and cholesterol checks.

Safety and Hygiene Commission

Our Safety and Hygiene Commission, mandated by Mexican law, meets regularly to audit facilities for safety and health, identify areas of opportunity or concern, and devise a timely and appropriate follow-up plan for any issues. For more details, also see the Occupational Safety section.

Site-Specific Initiatives

The Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS) in Guanajuato offers a program called Preven IMSS for companies and our Bolañitos and El Cubo mines participate actively in the program. The purpose is to bring health services to the worksites to address three aspects: health promotion such as nutrition and prevention of diseases, as well as reproductive health; work health, emphasizing hygiene and safety conditions; and wellness activities to promote sports, health and training.

In Bolañitos, for the past five years we have partnered with the University of Guanajuato to host nursing interns. Twice a year, 10 to 15 nursing students carry out their internships at our site to gain hands-on experience and practical skills related to occupational healthcare. The students support our medical office with performing annual medical exams, identifying hygiene risks and practices, and implementing health programs.

In Guanaceví, a nutritionist oversees the menu to ensure balanced nutrition is offered for the workers. Being a remote location in which workers live onsite during their shifts, this is the only site where the company provides meals and a lunch room.

2018 Performance

  • Carried out 28 health information campaigns across our sites that covered the most common ailments (respiratory issues and gastrointestinal problems) and other important issues (e.g., diabetes, breast cancer, prevention of addictions, dental hygiene and nutrition). We also provided over 930 flu shots for workers across all our operations, in partnership with the local Mexican Institute for Social Security.
  • Delivered training at each site related to potential work-related illnesses that can result from welding tasks and handling chemical substances.
  • Organized a soccer league at our Bolañitos site to encourage physical activity. Eleven teams comprising 145 employees and contractors participated in games over a two- month period.
  • Held training for local community members in Bolañitos and Guanaceví on topics such as first aid, prevention of diabetes, addictions, sexual education and treating children (e.g., fever remedies, giving injections).
  • Received one case of occupational illness at Bolañitos, in which a worker reported hearing loss and silicosis (a respiratory disease associated with long-term inhalation of mineral dust). The illness was categorized as a partial permanent disability. He has worked in the mining sector for over 30 years, with his most recent job as a driller for Endeavour. While the ailments may have been pre-existing conditions prior to joining the Company, Endeavour has assumed responsibility of the disability with the Ministry of Health as this was his last job.

2019 Priorities

  • Ensure that long and short-term health benefits for all stakeholders are considered in our development and operational planning and execution activities

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