SUSTAINABILITY

Safety

Safety is our top priority. We aim to become a safety leader in our industry, creating a workplace without fatalities, injuries or occupational diseases.

Why safety matters

A safe workplace is essential for the long-term wellbeing of our people.

Our ambition is to prevent all fatalities, occupational diseases and injuries at work.

Our approach

With strong leadership on safety, we believe we can create and maintain safe workplaces for everyone.
 

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Management of safety risks is at the heart of our approach to safety. To manage, mitigate and eliminate safety risks, we have built a framework that is comprehensive, robust and well tested.

We expect every individual – employee or contractor – to take responsibility for their own safety, and for that of their colleagues.

We encourage our people to share their workplace safety knowledge when they are at home and in their communities.

SafeWork

Supporting our approach to safety is SafeWork – our initiative to change attitudes towards safety across the Group.

Through SafeWork, we aim to bring about long-term sustainable change, to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries.

SafeWork in practice

SafeWork is designed to give everyone in our business the tools and knowledge to perform their tasks safely. Above all, every individual is empowered to stop unsafe work.

The elements of SafeWork are:

We put these protocols in place to address common causes of fatalities and serious injuries.

We encourage workers to focus on hazards with the highest potential for serious injury or fatalities – and the “critical behaviours” they should adopt.

We offer tools such as risk awareness training, virtual reality training materials on each fatal hazard, and other training aids.

First-line supervisors are responsible for work areas, manage technical safety, and motivate safe behaviours.

SafeWork is embedded at all of our assets – and we actively track its progress.

Our progress

Most of our assets perform at an industry-leading level on safety – but a small number of operations have more work to do, as a result of legacy issues. 

We acknowledge that we have more to do, but we are confident that our strategy is the right one for the Group. 

Principles we follow

UN Sustainable Development Goals - Goals 3 and 8

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

International Council on Mining and Metals Principle 5

Principle 5: Pursue continual improvement in health and safety performance with the ultimate goal of zero harm

Next steps

We remain committed to eliminating occupational fatalities and injuries at all our assets.

We are evolving our fatality investigation process to look more deeply at organisational factors including the use of multi-disciplinary experts to assess organisational factors, competency review of those operating in key risk areas and functions, coaching, shared and applied learning processes, effectiveness of SafeWork.

We will also continue to focus on contractor safety, develop controls for each identified health risk at asset level, and, reflecting high-potential risk incidents data, we will develop a diagnostic tool to address mobile equipment and pedestrian interactions.