Committees & Working Groups
The Security Committee (SecCom) unites experts from the membership and discusses such topics as the identification of materials by fingerprinting procedures, safety provisions at their plants and operations and the management of thefts. The SecCom also provides a platform for interaction with law enforcement bodies on crime trends and modus operandi, pertaining to illegal trafficking of PGM bearing material.
Hence, whenever possible, the Security Committee invites law enforcement bodies to participate at its meetings in order to strengthen public-private-partnerships.
Health and Environment Science Committee
The Health, Environment and Safety Committee (HESCom) works to advance knowledge and understanding of the potential risks of PGM to human health and the environment to support the risk assessment and safe use of PGM based on sound science. The HESC comprises scientific experts from IPA member companies in disciplines including PGM chemistry, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene, and Toxicology. HESCom regularly supplements its expertise with that of external global experts in specific fields of relevance to HESCom's activities. Since its formation in 2008, the HESCom has either directly or with the support of external scientists delivered a number of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) related projects, in particular in relation to improving understanding of the risks of respiratory allergy in workers exposed to complex halogenated platinum salts (CHPS), and in improving the ability to measure and control levels of these chemicals in the workplace. Considerable effort has also been expended on advancing knowledge of the chemical speciation of platinum in the environment, through the development and application of state-of-the-art analytical chemistry techniques, which have demonstrated that levels of CHPS in the environment are extremely low.
The work of the Health, Environment and Safety Committee is led by different Technical Teams:
- Chemistry & Analytical
- Epidemiology and Health Surveillance
- Workplace Exposure Characterisation and Control
The role of the Sustainability Committee (SusCom) is:
- to serve as a common platform for the exchange on sustainability and of best practices;
- to support IPA member companies in acting as responsible players through communicating the responsibility of the industry;
- to share knowledge and evolve best practices
- to discuss and communicate issues openly with IPA members to further raise the level of sustainability thinking.
The committee looks into a variety of topics, including the complex business environment of PGM mining and fabrication; conformity with international standards and business ethics; safety, health and social standards; the industry's responsibility for the environment and the contribution of PGMs to the development of clean technologies; energy efficiency and recycling; as well as sustainability in the supply chain.
One of the most prominent projects of the SusCom has been the conclusion in 2013 of an industry-wide Life Cycle Assessment Study of PGMs under the umbrella of the IPA. The LCA data can be made accessible to interested LCA experts via our LCA Questionnaire. The industry is working on an update of the data set which will feature global production data from 2017.
SusCom also jointly developed collateral information material on:
- The Primary Production of PGMs;
- The Secondary Production and Recycling of PGMs;
- Autocatalysts and PGMs;
- The Environmental Profile of Platinum Group Metals;
- The Life Cycle Assessment of Platinum Group Metals;
- The Socio-Economic Development in the PGM industry.
All documents are available for download here: http://ipa-news.com/index/platinum-group-metals/pgm-fact-sheets.html