Make sure that you shower and wash your hair before leaving work.
Nyrstar Port Pirie is part of Nyrstar, an integrated mining and metals business with market leading positions in zinc and lead. Nyrstar has operations in Europe, Australia, China, Canada, the United States and Central and Latin America and employs over 6,600 people.
The Port Pirie smelter has been in constant operation for more than 120 years. It is an integrated multi-metals facility which processes a wide range of lead rich concentrates and smelting industry by-products. As well as being one of the world’s largest lead smelting facilities the operation also incorporates a lead refinery, precious metals refinery, a copper plant and a zinc plant. The plant currently has 705 employees and also counts on a large number of local contractors.
Nyrstar is committed to providing a safe environment for their employees, minimising their operations’ impact on the environment and contributing to the communities in which they operate.
Numerous policies regarding personal hygiene are in place at the smelter. They’ve played a significant role in lowering employee blood lead levels, as well as reducing the amount of lead dust carried off site.
The smelter has implemented many on-site initiatives to help reduce emissions. These have contributed significantly to the reduction of blood lead levels, both among workers and within the community itself.
Initiatives include the enclosing of the blast furnace, constant monitoring of air quality both within and outside the site, plus numerous smaller but still effective changes that make the minimizing of emissions and wind borne dust Nyrstar’s top priority.
To date, in excess of 350,000 trees and shrubs have been planted on the site.
And in 2008 a Corporate Environmental Audit recognised the considerable progress made in improving our environmental performance at the smelter.