In 2010, our coal operations in Australia implemented a risk reduction strategy for occupational health. It targets occupational health risks and hygiene exposures, with the aim of identifying, assessing and controlling hazards.
The strategy has been implemented in stages, each with a clearly defined outcome. Stages include operational profiling, to establish each site’s specific potential occupational exposure categories and similar exposure groups (SEGs). Other stages are baseline exposure monitoring; qualitative and quantitative risk assessment; and developing standardised occupational health and hygiene management plans.
This process identifies, assesses and establishes effective control plans for relevant hazards. Applying it systematically has helped us reduce new workplace illnesses; reduce the aggravation of existing conditions; improve our ability to control exposures to chemical, physical and biological hazards in the workplace; and meet our legislative and moral obligations.