BHP reduces carcinogen exposure

Miner also reports reduction in injuries, targets drop in fatalities to zero.

BHP Billiton (BHP) says it reduced the number of injuries and lowered potential exposure to carcinogens in full-year 2013.

In the miner's sustainability briefing, released to the Australian Securities Exchange, BHP reported a 5.7 per cent reduction in potential employee exposures to carcinogens and airborne contaminants compared with the 2012 financial year.

The total recordable injury frequency, which measures fatalities, lost-time cases, restricted work cases and medical treatment cases, compared with actual hours worked, improved two per cent compared with the prior year, BHP said.

The miner is targeting a 10% reduction in exposure to carcinogens by full-year 2017, and targets zero fatalities at its controlled operations, compared with three fatalities in fiscal 2013.

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