The health and safety of our people is paramount and that means a non-negotiable commitment to zero injuries

Port Waratah is based at an industrial site where large, moving machinery is operating, often remotely and automatically. We have a number of systems in place to provide safe access to those on our sites, including training for employees, contractors and visitors.

We reported five recordable injuries during 2020, all of which occurred during the first half of the year. This is one more compared to 2019 and is not in line with our ultimate goal of zero injuries.

Key Achievements

  • Launched the Mental Health Framework and Peer Support Programme.
  • Successfully transitioned to and achieved certification to ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

Systems

Zero Injuries

Port Waratah’s value of caring drives our overriding commitment to the health and safety of our people. Robust systems and processes provide the foundation of our management approach to Health and Safety and are underpinned by our underpinned by our certification to ISO 45001.

Port Waratah’s hazard identification and risk management systems use a hierarchy of controls to eliminate or minimise risks to the health and safety of people on our site. Everyone at Port Waratah is trained and empowered to identify and report work-related hazards through our incident reporting system to ensure the hazard is communicated to others and containment controls or rectification actions can be undertaken.

In 2020, we worked develop and implement improvement projects under our Health and Safety Strategic Framework focusing on fatality prevention, hazard identification and risk management, health and wellbeing, fitness for work, occupational hygiene and incident investigation.

We achieved certification for our transition to ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. We also developed a suite of Hazardous Work Permits, continued a review of our Critical Control Monitoring Programme and completed a revision of our Fatigue Management Standard Operating Instruction and training.

A highlight of the year was development and implementation of our Mental Health Framework, including a multi-layered approach to increasing awareness and support available through employee and leadership training, and a Peer Support Network.

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Case Study

Mental Health Framework

Our value of caring includes caring for our people’s psychological health and wellbeing. For this reason, developing our Mental Health Framework was a key improvement project we implemented in 2020, and forms part of our Live Better, Work Better wellbeing programme.

The Framework’s goals are to raise awareness around mental health issues, to support our people to put their hand up if they are doing it tough, and to support our team members and peers by knowing how to connect with services, should they need them.

The key elements of the framework include:

  • our psychosocial risk assessment aligned to the SafeWork Australia Guide for work-related psychological health: a systematic guide to meeting your duties;
  • our governance documents, Fitness for Work Procedure and Mental Health Framework Standard Operating Instruction;
  • our Peer Support Network; and
  • integrated training at all levels of the organisation, regarding general awareness for all employees, Peer Support Network training, leaders training and Mental Health training, partnering with Lifeline.

Peer Support Network member, Scott Moore, Advanced Mechanical Tradesperson, said the Programme empowers members of the network with some knowledge and resources to help others.

“Anybody could need help from time to time and I feel I’m better equipped to listen to someone who is going through a tough time, and if need be, direct them to professional services. Lending an ear to someone might help them more than you will ever know.”

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