Doe Run Peru Reduces Employee Blood Lead Levels by More than 30 Percent

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Company credits employee education, hygiene programs and facility improvements.

The Doe Run Company today announced that its subsidiary, Doe Run Peru, has reported significant improvements in the blood lead levels of its employees at the La Oroya Metallurgical Complex. Doe Run Peru has reduced blood lead levels in exposed workers to 33.59 micrograms per 100 milliliters of blood (ug/100ml), down more than 30 percent from measurements taken when the company arrived in 1997, then at 51.1 ug/100ml. The Doe Run Company marked its eight-year anniversary of purchasing the complex on Oct. 23.

“We’ve come a long way in nine years,” said Bruce Neil, president of Doe Run Peru. “To be successful, it was essential that we engage every employee in the new programs we implemented to reduce their blood lead levels. We applaud them for their commitment to incorporating these healthy practices into their daily lives, and are proud that together, we’ve been able to improve the health of our employees and their families.”

Doe Run Peru credits the significant downturn in blood lead levels to various education and hygiene programs and policies it has implemented at the La Oroya Complex, along with providing workers with new respirator equipment and a change house where work clothes are washed daily, as well as completing several environmental projects pursuant to its environmental operating agreement (PAMA).

“This dramatic improvement is a testament to Doe Run Peru’s commitment to producing products that we need for our daily lives in an environmentally responsible manner,” added Neil. “We are already using some of the best practices that we’ve learned in our facility to improve the health of our neighbors and protect the health of future employees, and we look forward to continued success.”    

The Doe Run Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a privately held natural resource company focused on environmentally sound mineral production, recycling and metals fabrication. Based in St. Louis, the company and its subsidiaries serve as North America’s largest integrated lead producer and third-largest total lead producer worldwide, employing more than 4,000 people. The company and its employees are committed to practicing environmental stewardship while producing essential raw materials – lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver – that are needed for everyday life. Doe Run and its subsidiaries have U.S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and South American operations in Peru. For more information about Doe Run, visit http://www.doerun.com.

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Christi Dixon

(314) 469-3500

http://www.doerun.com

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